The Digital Citizenship project I created during the course, ED 505 (Technology and Education), focused on creating a website that included videos, images, and resources. This projected allowed me to notice the importance of technology and how often it is used around the schools on a daily basis. Understanding how to create a website with this information was beneficial because I was able to learn about the principles of Digital Citizenship within school districts. Learning about the principles allowed me to have the ability to foster a safe and responsible use of technology during the lessons I taught.
During these lessons, I was able to communicate the principles of Digital Citizenship by modeling how I treat the technology and use the appropriate links to find information. This helped me teach the lessons for this course because I was able to reflect on the information I previously learn about staying safe and responsible on the Internet. When the students were given the opportunity to research, I made sure to give specific instruction and guidance, so that knew what to do. Also, students only had access to the specific links that I provided unless they had permission by me. If I would not have provided them with websites and links, the students would most likely Google the information and who knows what would have popped up on Google. It ensured responsibility by giving the student’s specific guidelines and links to use on the Internet. It is important that the students know the policies for using technology and the Internet at school, or they will lose privilege to a Chromebook or Ipad. However, students were aware of the expectations relating to technology before we began these projects.
The students have easy and equal access to the Chromebook cart in the classroom. Each student is given a number, which matches a number on the Chromebooks. This develops a structured classroom management plan to ensure students will not argue or fight over Chromebooks. When it was time to research and create the projects, the students went in groups by top row numbers and then bottom row numbers to get their Chromebooks. Once the students had their Chromebooks, I gave them a specific time frame for the use of technology.
Since this was one of the first research projects I have taught with these students, I made sure they understood what the term copyright meant. The students did a great job respecting the copyright and fair use of information throughout these projects. Overall, the students followed the legal and ethical principles of Digital Citizenship.