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
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