We cannot separate teachers “with computers” and “regular teachers” anymore. Digital Citizenship is essential for our students as they learn to navigate a world permeated by the Internet. They’re going to learn skills to navigate the web somewhere, so what better place than in schools?
If you’re a K-8 teachers, this is now part of your Indiana curriculum. Teachers at the high school level, you’re not off the hook – carry these principles forward as you work with students on the web. Be explicit in expectations and explanations about what appropriate behavior looks like on and offline.
EdSurge is a great place to look for Digital Citizenship resources. The Instructional Technology Team will also be sharing ideas and information about how to work effectively with students.
To get started, check out this article on making Digitial Citizenship a schoolwide initiative.
What thoughts do you have? How can the Instructional Technology Team help you as we work with students in a connected age? Leave a comment below.
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