Explicitly teaching digital citizenship skills has been a top priority in my classroom. With goals of giving my students opportunities to connect globally and provide authentic learning experiences, I know that understanding how to be a citizen in our digital world is a MUST for students. This year, I chose to explicitly teach how to be a responsible and respectful digital citizen. Here are the anchor charts that we made together. We created a class iPad contract that was signed by both students and parents (click the images to enlarge):
Now that many skills have been explicitly taught, I plan to keep referring back to these behaviors and the importance of being a RESPONSIBLE digital citizen. I constantly remind my students that when they are ready to publish a piece of work, it should be their BEST work. When they post or make a comment to a friend's work, then it should be positive and kind.
My main goal is to make sure digital citizenship skills are always embedded into the curriculum. I will be a model to my students, as digital citizenship starts with ME as the leader in the room.
Check back for updates on how I've been providing authentic learning experiences for my students and how being a good digital citizen is a key component for it to be successful.