Am I Using Technology Appropriately?

The idea that technology is continually changing and improving is a widely recognized idea. Years ago, people barely knew about laptops and cell phones; now, for most people it is hard to imagine being able to live without them. As technology changes, life changes. A lot of people believe that technology has its own world, the “digital world”. The reality is, this “digital world” is part of the real world, and it is critical that younger generations understand that technology is encompassed in their everyday life and effects all decisions they make.

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This awareness that children and adults must have is tied to the idea of digital citizenship. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior in regards to technology use. Image

Since technology is a relatively new concept, especially the innovative technologies we have today, a lot of people misuse and abuse it. This is commonly seen in schools, where technology is now playing a larger role in curriculum. It is essential that schools and teachers prepare students to be members of this new digital society that we are apart of.  The real question teachers need to ask their students is,

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This idea of being a “good digital citizen” is something that should be taught to students starting at a young age. It is also important that adults use technology appropriately. When students see their role models misuse technology they may assume that as a norm which can lead to many issues. Technology is in-erasable. Once a child does something online it will always remain there whether it was meant to or not. It is critical that students ask themselves:

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Thinking about these questions, teachers need to encompass digital citizenship into their curriculum. This week I started following numerous educators, technology specialists, and other education accounts on twitter to learn how twitter can benefit me when I am a teacher. By exploring twitter, I was able to gain a lot of insight in ideas regarding digital citizenship and technology in the classroom that will benefit me as an educator.

This tweet was very beneficial to me. Due to a fear that it could turn into a major distraction, I haven’t gotten very involved in Pinterest. This tweet showed me that Pinterest could be an excellent resource for me as a teacher. Specifically, this tweet displayed a board that was exclusively about digital citizenship and displays ideas as to how I can guide students to become positive digital citizens and leaders. When the time comes around that I need to incorporate digital citizenship into my classroom, I can look back at this tweet to access this Pinterest board to browse ideas. If I had not seen this tweet I most likely would not have found this Pinterest board that is very beneficial for educators.

The next tweet that was useful to my understanding about digital citizenship is a tweet that linked a blog post about how one teacher incorporates digital citizenship into his classroom.

Since there are numerous ways to give students the opportunity to be digital citizens, this tweet was beneficial because it linked a blog where a teacher discussed how he makes his students digital citizens. This blog has a very interesting perspective because this teacher does not “teach” digital citizenship but rather makes his students apart of the digital world. That way, they can learn about being digital citizens by being apart of it. He believes that technology issues arise because of a lack of experience, which is why he has his students be apart of the digital world at a young age. Because they are in a controlled environment to gain experience with technology, they will gain the skills and knowledge to be digital citizens when they are on this own. This is a new perspective on digital citizenship that I believe is very advantageous and is something I would do if I teach younger children.

The last tweet I decided to share is one that links to a blog that includes a Skype interview with a teacher who includes twitter and blogging in her kindergarten class.

work starting at a young age. Using social media also allows students to respond and reply to each other, which enhances their reading skills. This tweet also led me to a blog platform called Kidblog, which is a great resource to use for all aged students.  Lastly, this article gave me a new perspective about getting parents involved in the classroom. By using blogs and twitter, parents can be apart of their child’s education and they can comment and respond to each together. By using twitter and blogs in a kindergarten classroom, interaction can develop at a young age and students can learn appropriate ways to use technologies.

Overall by using twitter as a resource, I was able to find numerous recourses and ideas to benefit me as an educator. Because there are so many users with such unique ideas and perspectives, one can gain a lot of insight on digital citizenship, as well as other teacher ideas by using twitter. I can’t wait to continue to use twitter to find ideas and eventually share my ideas with other educators.

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