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Digital citizenship and cyber safety; now those are topics future teachers should be concerned about!  This week’s module was very informative and arrived at my digital doorstep at the same time as my sister shared online safety information she gleaned from a recent seminar she attended.  My sister is a mother of four, and a member of her school’s SCC.  Her SCC recently had guest speakers, Lyle Miller and Valerie Caldwell, present to parents in her area.  Lyle’s son was abducted in 2010 by a pedophile from Whitewood, Saskatchewan.  See the amber alert issued ay the time this story broke here.  My sister was very impressed with their informative presentation which included a lot of information about keeping kids safe in today’s technological world.  As a member of the SCC in my home town, I think this would be a worthwhile presentation to bring to our community for parents, teachers, and future teachers.  I will keep you informed.

One thing that sticks out in my mind from that my sister shared with me from the presentation, is that child predators are tech savvy because technology has made it easier than ever for them.  Knowing how to keep children safe and teaching them how to keep themselves safe online, is paramount.

 

image from www.theagoraphobicfashionista.com

One thing has become very apparent to me in this course and that is people are skimmers.  I am a skimmer.  When I read something online, I skim for the important parts.  (unless it is the expectations of a module, then I read every word twice just to make sure I am doing it right!)  So, in my courteous effort to help you skim less, I will recap all the information covered in Module 4, by placing thoughts in three categories; liked, loved, and lesson plan material.

LIKED

  • the concept of DCMOOC.  As a teacher I would absolutely use this.
  • the Sue Scheff blog post about parents sending mixed messages to their children.  “Do as I say not as I do” remains a fail in modelling appropriateness to children.
  • social media is a useful tool when used as a collaborative tool.
  • Joanne Sanders slideshow.  I skimmed it.  It was long, but I did glean some useful information and resources.
  • # 58 of Joanne’s slide share is setting the stage for the school year as far as classroom expectations surrounding technology.  It is laid out in a 5 day format.  Great way to kick-start the year.
  • # 61 on her slide share is about making digital citizenship survival kit, which presents a great visual.  A padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste are memorable and would provide younger students and those with exceptional needs with a way of remembering how to be responsible online.  
  •  Another take on the survival kit is this impressive version on Thinglink created by Lisa Johnson.
  • Netiquette, now whoever came up with that must feel so clever, online etiquette.  Here are the core rules of netiquette.
  • Respect other people’s time and bandwidth which is a complicated way of saying “don’t waste other people’s time by sending them unnecessary stuff.”  (netiquette rule)
  • Keep flame wars under control, which attracted me because I am a bit of a pyromaniac.  Turns out it has little to do with fire and is more about unfair monopolization of bandwidth. (another netiquette rule, if you don’t understand click on the link you skimmer!)

LOVED

  • Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome.  Thank you very much!  This lets me know my previous reading responses have not taken the route they did simply because I am old and outdated.
  • Digital citizenship week.  I didn’t know it existed.  Parents, teachers, students, communities should be aware and promote this.  What a great week to have those key note speakers I mentioned at the beginning come and present.
  • Text it forward. Love it!

LESSON PLAN MATERIAL

  • Challenge your students to write their own ABC’s of digital citizenship – #63 of Joanne Sanders slide share.  (told you it had lots of ideas!)
  • The jigsaw youtube video is a FANTASTIC video for children 8-10 years of age if you want to make a lasting first impression.
  • The previously mentioned Thinglink created by Lisa Johnson called the Digital Citizenship Survival Kit, would be a useful classroom resource.
  • The Common Sense Education website seems full of fantastic ideas to implement into the classroom.   A toolkit is available to help students reflect on gender stereotypes: where they come from, how we learn them, and how they can shape the media that we consume and create.  Thank you very much!
  • Media Smarts is another teacher friendly resource that even includes games. F-U-N !
  • Kids in the Know – a website that has tons of resources for all ages including story books for children, puppets, KWL charts, sample lesson plans, and much more.
  • Cybertip.ca which is Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children.  The presenters my sister listened to were advocates for the last 2 resources listed here.  i-am-a-digital-citizen-poster

(Above visual fits under “like”!)

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