Know Your Role

When reflecting on the role of schools in teaching Digital Citizenship, I wonder IF it is even being taught? How many educators are not aware of the policy planning guide from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education that Krista discusses in her blog post called “It takes a Village to Raise Digital Citizens!” I could not agree more with the idea of educators playing a major role in teaching students how to be more equipped with the skills to be safe online but what resources are being utilized and is there consistency from grade to grade?

Where can educators look for resources?

Common Sense Education is a great place to start!!

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It is time for Digital Citizenship to be weaved throughout curriculums so lessons aren’t just a “one-off” and will have a greater impact on student online behaviour. This article includes ideas for educators to incorporate on a daily basis. We need to be role models and lead by example so students can not only relate to what is online but also to respect it.

In addition, Google has made resources on how to be safe online with their “Be Internet Awesome” site which includes an online interactive Interland game. My students recently played the game and were very engaged and at the same time, learning how to be smarter online. Check out how to play:

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Teaching Media Literacy is also important for our 21st Century Learners. I agree with Dr Rob Williams in this TedTalk that “we can define Media Literacy Education with 4 action verbs: access, analyze, evaluate and produce”. How can we incorporate these into learning about online behaviour?  Finding good resources(like those mentioned above) and using them for our students to become critical thinkers is the role that teachers need to fulfil.

What resources do you use to teach Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy?

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2 thoughts on “Know Your Role

  1. I agree that digital citizenship needs to be interwoven with current curriculum and I also question if this is being done and if so, to what extent. Prior to this class, other than addressing issues that arose on social media, I wouldn’t say that teaching digital citizenship has been an area of focus for me. I have always felt the pressure of time constraints in delivering the curriculum, how can I possibly add more topics to an already packed year? However, with our major project in mind, I find this year that I am more focused on taking the time to stop and respond to student needs when it comes to digital citizenship. The hardest part is knowing where to locate resources to support student learning and I think you have done an awesome job of providing some suggested resources. Thank you!

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    1. I had the same question Wendy – how many educators are actually aware of the Ministry’s policy planning guide?! This course was the first time I had ever seen or heard of it. It’s such a great resource, I’m surprised it’s not more commonly known and used throughout the division.

      I also spent some time looking at the “Be Internet Awesome” resource as part of my major project for building online empathy – it’s great! I’m glad your kiddos got a chance to play the “Interland” game. I’d like to support teachers in my building in implementing these resources into their classrooms!

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