Mrs. Cook's Corner

Indicator 5b

Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)
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Prior to this program, I always thought of Digital Citizenship as “NO! Don’t do that! Never do this or that! NO WAY!!!!” I had the best of intentions, however I wasn’t teaching them how to comport themselves when they were on their own making online decisions. By taking a negative approach, you are not teaching students how to critically think for themselves. Throughout this program I have learned that a great approach to teaching safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technology is to provide scenarios for students to discuss.

In Disconnected, Carrie James says that young people, “are often the early adopters of new technologies and leading participants in many online settings, particularly social networks” (p2). The three stories that she wrote about in her book have stayed with me for the last two years. Looking back on my blog, Why Digital Education Leadership, principle 3, I am reminded of the importance of teaching empathy through the lens of digital citizenship. Scenarios are powerful tools in teaching. Making connections with the stories will help students make appropriate choices in an online environment.

Another way that I have mastered this standard is when I identified a need for Digital Citizenship best practices for our Teams roll-out. My blog, Context Matters, discusses the observations that I made while conducting the program evaluation. These observations paved the way for creating and sharing best practices that were taught during our Teams trainings this Spring. I am currently working with teachers and their students to update scenarios for the Fall Digital Citizenship trainings that I will provide to librarians.