Together, delivering good citizenship

We (@drosenblatt @caryghart) created a professional development course to empower educators with the knowledge and tools to teach digital citizenship, use of digital connections, and digital citizenship with Gsuite. All hands were on deck, working together to create this final project.

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We used a google doc to bounce ideas, communicate, and create.

I tried to embed the google doc we used, following Jeff’s instructions from course 1, but for reasons I can’t understand, I couldn’t get it done.

@caryghart Did an amazing job creating our website, and, from there, off we went – often commenting on our doc to give each other feedback. Working with these two experts was a great experience. Dudley used his previous experience in training digital citizenship, setting up the course with three different subject. Originally, it was just going to be the two of us taking on the three different subjects, but, fortunately,  Cary jumped on board at just the right time to divide the three subjects equally!

My subject was digital citizenship. Using our shared google site,  my course for teachers on digital citizenship is guided by Mike Ribble’s 9 essential elements of digital citizenship. I borrowed from this heavily to create a google slide show that will guide the course. I saw it as the best way to break down this broad subject. While this is supposed to be a 2-4 hour course, it could just as easily, if looked at deeper, be 2-4 weeks. That will be the greatest challenge in giving this to teachers. However, the agenda, a google doc, is shared with teachers to tweek things, so that it suits their interests.

Throughout the workshop, my hope is that the theme derives from the article shared. Digital citizenship, as the article explains, is really an outdated term, as many of us have already blogged about. It’s about citizenship. And, so, realistically, I know all facets of digital citizenship that we have explored here in course 2 – copyright, cybersafety, digital footprints, it can’t be appropriately investigated in 2-4 hours.

In a sense, it might have to be flipped. Before our workshop:

Teachers could:

  1. Take the google digital citizenship course
  2. Investigate Be Internet Awesome
  3. Take a look at common sense curriculum

In fact, these three resources could be divided and assigned to 1/3 of the participants and then shared with others before we even begin exploring my slide show. I’d have to provide guiding questions, most likely, for participants to share with one another.

To cap off this exploration of digital citizenship, I think we’d have to create something that implements the 9 elements of digital citizenship. My school doesn’t have, to my knowledge, a working document for digital citizenship. This could potentially be the launchpad. Here lies the challenge. How do we do it? So we explore the resources given, discuss the 9 elements – bounce ideas, but what concrete things are going to be implemented? In other words, how do we make this become reality and relevant to our kids?

I hope that the essential questions on the slide show from Mike Ribble could inspire our actions to implement something that works for our community. I’d be curious to know how your school infuses elements of digital citizenship into student lives.





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