“Basic skills and using technology to learn are still high priorities but we need to move to the next stage of digital citizenship. This includes media literacy and empowerment of young people to better manage online risks such as cyber bullying and self destructive online behaviour. It recognises young people as stakeholders in positive Internet use. The rules are the same for being a good real world citizen: Obey the law, have respect for others, act civilly and sensibly” (O’Brien, 2010, para. 2).
This quote sums up my ideas in regards to digital citizenship, and the usage of technology in education. It is not enough to simply provide students with the opportunity to use technology. They must also understand the issues surrounding current technology. Whether this be cyber-bullying, digital relationship or digital footprints. All too often we see in the media reports about young people who have been cyber bullied to breaking point, or have sent a certain picture without thinking through the consequences of who may access it. With the introduction of social media into the education system, the responsibility of creating good digital citizens falls on the teachers.
These days you would be hard pressed to find a high school student who did not use some form of social media, so why not utilize this interest to create engaged students and lessons. Two social media sites which I have experience with are Moodle and Edmodo. Sites such as these, which have been created specifically for an educational purpose should be utilised. It allows students and teachers with the opportunity to learn to use social media in a safe and controlled environment.
For those who do not have experience with Edmodo, the above video gives a quick spiel about what it is and how it may be used. I LOVE Edmodo because it not only proves to be useful in the teaching of students, but also for the sharing of ideas between other educational professionals.
Overall, technology should be seen as a blessing in schools, students and teachers should enjoy using it, in a safe and supportive manner.
O’Brien. T. (2010). Creating better digital citizens. The Australian Educational Leader, 32(2). Retrieved from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/uploads/Creating_Better_Digital_Citizens_ACEL.pdf