These last five weeks were very demanding in the Digital Citizenship course and in my teacher's school work. It was the first part of the school year, so I was trying to get things set up in my classroom. There were so many readings in the Digital Citizenship course. I had to read a lot to get ready for the assignments and discussions for each week. The first thing that I did each week was to do the quiz. If I did not get a good grade on it, I would save it for later in the week. This allowed me to know what I was going to learn about (like a formative assessment.) I would then download the assignment sheet for the week, and this allowed me to see all the reflections that I was going to do during the week. I thought of the time that I was going to do each of the parts. Then I started to watch the videos and take notes on each of them. Mondays were the class, and I wrote my reflection for the course after I attended or watched the video of the class. I skimmed a lot of the readings and took notes in my journal, so I could go back and look at the articles or books. I would work on my other reflections about case studies and other assignments. The last thing that I would be to write the journal refection that I posted on my ePortfolio.
Even though it was hard starting off the school year and taking the course at the same time, I am glad that it happened. I was able to see that teaching my first graders to be good citizens were about the same as a digital citizen. I was able to talk about teaching digital citizenship in my class in the discussion boards (because it was fresh on my mind.) I loved to write Ribble’s (2015) nine elements of digital citizenship’s definitions because it made things clear in my mind. For the third week, I enjoyed writing the descriptions of plagiarism, copyright infringement, attribution, and transformation. I was able to think creatively in the examples of these things.
There is a couple of things that I am proud of from this course. In the second week, I researched Pinterest and how it was a technology advance in today’s society. I was able to go back to the nine elements of digital citizenship and really think about what factors Pinterest impacted people. This made me think that Pinterest might not be a good site for younger users because “bad” people might be targeting them by seeing what their interests are. I spent about four hours on this part of the assignment because of the research, and I used Powtoon. This was the first time that I used Powtoon, and some parts were challenging. I did love how it turned out. As I was going along in the course, I kept hearing “responsible, respectful, prepared, and safe” in my classroom. I also found out that the school district wanted all schools to be a Common Sense school. This got me thinking about making a presentation that had the aspects of our school and had Common Sense videos in it.
There was so much reflection during the last five weeks. I would say that it was hard, but I know that it made me think about what we learned about during this time in the class. If I were to change anything, I would actually add the case studies in my reflections. Some of the case studies were hard to understand, but they made me think about being a Chief Technology Officer in the district. I do not want any of my reflections not to be at my fingertips in the future.
Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools: Nine elements all
students should know. International Society for Technology in
Click on this picture to see the presentation and all of the reflections on one page...
Click! That is what can get people in trouble. The more it happens, the more that people can comment mean things about people and the more they can lose a reputation, and that turns into depression. I know that Lewinksyś TED talk (2015) was four years, but it does make me think about what I write on social media or even email. She had parents that watched and stood by her when she was into a deep depression. As college students, they can go unnoticed. They are not seen by their parents all the time, and maybe they do not want their parents to worry about them. I know that Lewinsky did not have a choice in her ̈private ̈ things coming out, but if someone stopped sharing it, it would help the situation. Parents cannot see what is happening to any child in middle school or high school too.
There are some things that educatorś need to do to prevent cyberbullying, as Hinduja & Patchin (2015) put in their book. It is essential to educate the students and staff by talking about examples and telling them that cyberbullying is a serious topic to discuss with each other. Tell the students to stop and think before they post anything online. They need to realize that what they post could hurt someone emotionally or maybe that someone might want to kill themselves. If the teachers start to see a student begin to have their grades slip or not talk when they usually do, they need to intervene. Ask counselors to come in and talk too.
Parents should be educated too. In their meeting about cyberbullying, they should see the statistics of it and get different examples, like in the case of Ryan Halligan from 2003. They should be told that it is okay to have apps to monitor their childś social media. A school should make sure they are talking to the parents at least every other month either during a parent conference, electronic newsletter, or a phone call. This hopefully will make the parents talk to their children more about what might happen for cyberbullying.
As I have been reading and watching videos about cyberbullying this week, I have figured out that this is getting to be a significant problem among students. Cyberbullying can be defined as being threatened, made fun of, or posting pictures online. This can happen on different social media sites, or in some instances, a website is put up online. Cyberbullying affects the person being bullied and the people around the site at that time. When kids see things happen and do not say anything, they are called bystanders. Ryan Halliganś father gave the term ¨upstanders¨ as people getting up and telling that something is going online. Cyberbullying needs to be stopped!
Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Corwin.
TED (2015, March 20). The price of shame: Monica Lewinsky [video file]. Retrieved from
Ryan's Story Presentation. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ryanpatrickhalligan.org/
As I have been reading this week's required readings, I have thought about what I use in my classroom. There are things that I have bought through Teacher Pay Teachers (TPT) that have enhanced my teaching from vocabulary to design thinking. They sometimes have a choice of single-use and multiple uses. If I share any of the pages, I need to be buying the multiple-use one because this is a copyright infringement. I can tell the person asking to use it where it is on the TPT site.
When I was looking at Creative Common (n.d.) site, I noticed that it mentioned that you could use things from The MET. I remember going into museums as a kid and that it was not allowed to take pictures of paintings or other pieces of art. When I go to museums now, I see people taking pictures, and they are posting them on Facebook or other social media page. Creative Common (n.d.) has let the works of arts be part of the public domain so that many people (including students) can see and be able to study them. This especially since they might never be able to actually to the museum.
As I think about the videos that I use in my classroom, most of them are for education purposes. I use the "Discovery Education" site that has been approved, and I believe the district bought for the teachers. Most of You-Tube videos have a little teaser sand then it makes you pay for the movie. I know that if you want movies for an incentive, the school has to pay for film licensing. This amount for a film license is about $500- the PTA at my school has put this in their budget.
These four words are very important in copyright issues:
Bailey, J. (2013, October 07). The difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism. Retrieved from https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/10/07/difference-copyright-infringement-plagiarism/
CC0. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0
The Original TEACH Act Toolkit. (n.d.). Retrieved from
For this week, I have learned about how a digital footprint or tattoo can impact the future of a person. Last week, I gave a lesson to my first graders on Digital Citizenship. I showed them four things- toothbrush, padlock, permanent marker, and toothpaste- and explained how these things were like digital citizenship. The permanent marker and toothpaste are examples of digital footprint/tattoos. The video from Common Sense (2013) says that they can be searched, copied, shared, broadcasted, and permanent. The footage that Steve Johnson (2009) states that it is where we’ve been, who we’ve been with, where we’ve wandered, and where we are going. As I was explaining both examples, I told the students that once they put something on the internet, people could find it again (even if they try to take it down.) I also told them that they should make sure that they do not put anything hurtful to someone else.
I have realized that I have a long line of being on technology. In elementary school, I have a vague remembering when I was in a class that had basic programming on a big white computer. In middle school, I had a class that had some more programming on the computer. At my university, I had a Computer math class and an email for the first time, so I spent a lot of time in the library. As I entered the classroom, I found out that I could get “stuff” (like Elmo or tech things- 2000s) when I went to technology classes. After just substituting for a few years, I went back to the classroom and once again, started to go to the district technology classes. This time around, I was able to get a Chromebook, two iPads, and lots of other things. I started to find programs like Seesaw and greenscreen that would help teach things in the class. The PD in the PJs in Seesaw introduced me in all sorts of stuff like videotaping myself or the students. Seesaw has been a great way for me to see what the students know about a specific topic that I am teaching.
As I have been in the DLL program at Lamar, I have added not only to my e-portfolio but also to my You-Tube account. An intentional digital footprint/tattoo are things like pictures or statements that “person” put on the internet. An unintentional digital footprint/tattoo are pictures or comments when other people mention the “person.” I need to remember that there are pictures of friends that being used and I need to get permission from those people.
This week, I went to the Tech Liaison training for my district and found out that the district wants all of the schools to be a “Common Sense School.” I found it surprising all the information that is on this site about the impact of technology with different media. There is so much information that talks about apps, games, and websites. My video of how Pinterest has impacted digital citizenship is below.
As I finish this week, I will remember that I should always be positive what I put out on the internet. Everything is public with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and school websites. It is important to think about the pictures and words that will be looked at for years to come. A footprint might be washed away, but a tattoo is hard to get off.
Johnson, S. (2009, November 09). Digital Footprints - Your New First Impression. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZjmrJvL_eg
Sense, Common (2013, August 12). What's in Your Digital Footprint? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P_gj3oRn8s
After a week of diving deep into what digital citizenship is, I was able to explain it to my aunt, who had pretty much no clue what it was. I tried to pull the definition from my brain- "the teaching of what is right and what is not right about the digital world." She was a little confused, so I pulled out my new definition- "the ability for a digital citizen to be prepared, responsible, respectful, and safe as they move through the digital world." I was able to explain Ribble's (2015) nine elements of digital citizenship:
I started this week watching videos from CyberWise (2015) and Bbrandino68 (2010.) These videos let me get the necessary 101 on what digital citizenship was and how I was going to put the nine elements of digital citizenship in place. CyberWise (2015) said that digital citizenship was the rules of the road and the collaboration, connection, and learning community information access. I liked that I could find out what the nine elements were in Bbrandino68's (2010) video, and then I went into detail in Ribble's (2015) book.
With all that I have read, internalized, and reflected on, I realize how critical digital citizenship is. Ohler (2012) commented that digital citizenship is like "character education" for things online and needs to be talked openly, so everyone has a buy-in. I have introduced digital citizenship with four items to my first graders for three years. I have four objects in a bag- padlock, toothbrush, permanent marker, and toothpaste. For the padlock, I explain that it is essential to have passwords, and they need to be strong (I give an example of bank accounts for parents.) For the toothbrush, I tell them not to share their passwords (but I say that it is okay for parents and teachers to know.) For the permanent marker, I tell them whatever they post or write online will be permanent. They need to be careful about what they post because it could hurt others' feelings. For the toothpaste, I tell them that what comes out online is hard to get back in (again- don't say mean things.) These four things are in the category of digital etiquette with digital rights & responsibilities and digital security. One boy in my class told his mom what a toothbrush and toothpaste stood for- this is pretty cool that kids do listen to us, teachers.
Bbrandino68. (2010, December 15). The nine elements of digital ditizenship. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87JiUrWaQVk
CyberWise. (2015, June 10). What Is digital citizenship? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=OH6869bD8iU
Ohler, J. (2012, April). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 47(Sup1), 25-27. doi:10.1080/00228958.2011.10516720
Ribble, Mike. Digital citizenship in schools: nine elements all students should know. International Society for Technology in Education, 2015.
What is Digital Citizenship? By Common Sense
How to be a responsible digital citizen?
How to be a prepared digital citizen? (THINK)
How to be a respectful, responsible and safe digital citizen? (video with lesson)