Digital Leadership is an important concept that we as teachers need to understand and promote to help our students not only understand their world now and in the future, but empower them to be and do better. Digital Citizenship in Saskatchewan Schools is a great place to start to develop a framework of how this can look in your classroom. It focuses on ways to protect, respect, and educate in a digital world. I have explored these target areas in my class. I will continue to integrate these targets and make transitions to targets seamless. This year I plan to concentrate on the areas of digital etiquette, communication, and health & well-being. I feel these transfer well to the analog world as well as my goal is to show that digital citizenship is simply citizenship. I know that I try to live by these targets in my interactions using social media. I am very active especially on Twitter and have had a positive experience. I feel that my interactions using social media have made me a better teacher and person. So many people want to share and have meaningful discussions on a variety of topics. So many people displaying positive digital citizenship and leadership. It has been inspiring. I conduct myself on social media the same way I do offline and I try to be a positive digital leader. I have had a great experience being the lead in my school’s Twitter account. It brings me great joy to share the amazing things going on in our school on social media. I feel that if one looks at the Twitter account for our school that they we would left with a great impression of what we do in mind, body and spirit. Our account not only has the day-to-day learning that is constantly happening at our school, but all the community spirit and service we do. For example, we had the hashtag #TRACKS that promoted Titan Random Acts of KindnesS and the response of this initiative was extremely positive. I have also used some social media in my classroom and one of my goals this year is to integrate its use as a learning, sharing, and leadership tool in my classroom. Last year in my math class, we were doing a unit on Data Analysis and we look to the UNs Sustainable Development Goals as way to formulate questions and collect data on. When our data analysis projects were finished, we tweeted our results with the hash tag #SDG. The quality of student work was the best I had on this project because they knew it was going past our four walls and they were excited with some of the replies they got. I sent these tweets through the school account, but will have students create their own accounts in the future. This will help them understand digital citizenship and leadership. My goal is too more of this next year. Digital leadership is empowers all of us to do and be more. Digital leadership takes learning and social justice to another level. Digital citizenship is helping us all get to the top of the mountain.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.