Posts tagged Digital Citizens

Accountability – Absolutely

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Examining NETs for Teachers, it’s hard to imagine anyone being in opposition of them as one of the many assessment tools for teachers. Other than the word digital, how are these standards any different than those used around the world today?

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Clearly, there must be an infrastructure in place to appropriately assess teachers and their use of technology in the classroom.  Even further, it is imperative that the professional development and learning opportunities mirror the agreed upon expectations.  Often, administration makes a false assumption that if you give a teacher a computer then that teacher can be expected to use technology in the classroom.  False assumption!  Several factors can influence a teacher’s use of technology – how it enhances the learning objectives, IT infrastructure, student abilities, and teacher tech competency to name a few.  However, another vital factor is the competency of those assessing the NETs – are they qualified to do so?  Many times, administrators are in the same boat – or on the same bus – as the faculty and do not possess the skills to adequately use technology let alone evaluate its use.  I believe that the NETs should be an essential part of teacher evaluation – it holds us accountable and ensures we are meeting the needs of our students in their learning environment.  Accordingly, I believe that faculty, like students, must be properly prepared to be successful.

Speaking Their Language

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YouTube Preview ImageDigital Citizenship – we are all responsible for ensuring our students are conscientious, ethical users of technology.  Even further, students should hold themselves accountable to the standards and expectations established for them.  With much independence comes much responsibility – this is the philosophy I believe and practice in my classroom.  As our 21st century learners gather new strategies and tools, there is an enormous amount of trust we must bestow upon them as they hang out, mess around or geek out.  However, the key is guaranteeing that we, the adults (teachers and parents) provide continuous input/guidance which promotes the use of technology effectively and productively. Currently, our school is moving toward the development and implementation of “Character Education” in our curriculum – digital citizenship is an integral component if we are to achieve true success.  Since we are a “one to one” school, students must be able to handle the responsibilities that come with 21st century tools. Understanding their {students} responsibility within an environment where teachers are the role models will further the cause, but not ensure us the goals are met.

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