Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tool #10 Digital Citizenship

The things in which students should be proficient  regarding digital learning are copyright laws, safety in online collaboration and the appropriate use of educational technology.  Due to the accessibility  of online information , I notice a great deal of plagiarism in essays and research. Students would literally copy and paste entire assignments.  I tried talking to them about the importance of citing sources and paraphrasing works of others.  I also shared with them Noodle tools to help students in citing their resources. (I also set up limits on what could be quoted)   I think that online safety is especially important as "social networking" becomes more pervasive in our students' lives.  Students need to know how to act appropriately online as well as advocate for themselves if they become victimized.
In teaching my students about digital citizenship, I would use Atomic Learning's courses on "netiquette," "online harassment" and "avoiding plagiarism."  I would also plan mini-lessons for each of these videos early on in the year to allow students time to process and practice with these important topics.
A letter would be sent home early in the year explaining all of the technology and expectations for students so parents would be aware of what students will have access to.

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