Recently, I had a valuable and insightful conversation on social media with a colleague regarding the very real and serious struggles in high schools when technology is abused by their student body.The teacher, whom I hold in the highest regard, had reached her limit with students abusing their
1. Did I represent myself as a smart 2nd grader, spelling or speaking appropriately, using proper grammar and punctuation?
2. Did my contribution add something important or have a purpose?
3. What would my parents think about what I have said or created?
Those guidelines sounds so simple, right? But they are not. Enforcing those 3 guidelines and checking the boxes forces my students to reflect, something even most adults don't do before hitting send. My students have such a desire to be seen as responsible, intelligent and capable, that these three small guidelines carry over into their face-to-face interactions as well. And THAT is the goal, isn't it? That students understand our online interactions are really the same as our face-to-face interactions.
If my colleagues high school students had grown up with a culture that respected technology for the powerful learning tool it is, and understood the weapon of mass destruction it has the potential to be, would her students still behave in the same irresponsible manner? If my little learners continue to receive the same curricular instruction in digital citizenship, will my high school colleague reap the benefits of our lessons?
Please tell me how has your school implemented digital citizenship and what is your role in implementing digital citizenship skills?
For those looking on more information on digital citizenship, I would recommend looking at Mike Ribble's Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship