This posts has taken me a bit to complete for many reasons, but especially with all the things going down in our world today. I want to thank all of you for sharing your learnings. I have learned a lot from you all and appreciate the work you have put into this class. Reading these blogs increased my understanding and also produced a lot of questions as well, but more importantly inspire me to get better and know there are a lot of students and/colleagues who are fortunate to work with all of you.
Great post. 'Letting go of the reins' can be a tough thing but it looks like you also realize that you have to 'take of the tether'. There may be some rough waters on the sea, but it looks like you are creating an environment in which you are a lead learner and you are going in with eyes wide open. Look like you are establishing some strong norms ... kids used to write notes and other things back in day (which is not as public as social media) but were off task then too. Also enjoyed your comment about the digital divide and how schools need to help close the gap.
I've had some experience with discord. My own two teenage boys use it. It's a big part of how they game and talk to their friends. It's quite interesting to hear them coordinate strategy and the such. They also can send files back and forth ... lots of memes but have actually seen them use it to collaborate on school work too. I have a tech club at the school and we also use discord to organize chats and share ideas. It's been interesting to be a part of this. Have a really great club and it's been a positive way for them to organize events, talk strategy with our esports, and more. I want to use MS Teams in my classroom which is kinda of similar. Thanks for sharing.
Great post. You are a very good writer / blogger. You may have not been taught online ethics but I bet you still had a strong exposure to just ethics which has served you well and shines through the work you share and as an online classmate. I really feel that it is more than a digital foot print and more of a digital tattoo which is more permanent. One thing that Alec has spoken to but sometimes we forget is that we must protect and be aware of attacks on our identity as well. You are great role model to colleagues and students of how one can thrive online. Keep up the good work.
I like the fact that your post references ALL citizens ... is that of a province, a country or the world. Makes me think of the digital divide in our backyard and around the world. Guess one historical reference would be with the printing press ... reading became something ALL citizens should have access to but took awhile. How will we will achieve this goal for all. I like Daniel's video to and the points made are exactly what CRAP detection is all about.
Great post. I think one solution would be to make this eci832 class a mandatory class for all pre-service teachers. I'm not sure a lot of teachers would investigate these topics on their own. I know I work with a lot of teachers who pay little or no attention to digital citizenship which makes me wonder if this quote will be true ... "Technology doesn’t teach, Teachers teach. But today, Teachers who don't use technology will be replaced by teachers who do." Also a shame to hear about tech given for tech sake ... one reason I love the rcsd connect program we have that is more than proving a class set of laptops.
I find it amazing that something so part of today's society is left to chance. It’s great that more of us are taking classes like this and promoting in the classroom. I'd say you are not fully literate unless you are digital/media literate. Common sense is a great resource. Have you talked to your pre-interns about digital citizenship ... what do they know / learned?
Great post. I really enjoyed breakdown the digital citizenship characteristics activity especially breaking down the youngest in our ed system the Ks. It's not to early to start planting the seeds and have positive outcomes. I found the 9 Ps very interesting and probably something I could use in my project. Is a personal brand one's digital identity. Thanks
Great post and thanks for great resources - teachincntl.org. Great benchmarks provided on what stages of growth. Loved the quote as I also feel we need to expand the concept of #digcit to include so much more especially build on the positives. Also loved the Three's Company gif - grew up watching that show - classic.
Appreciate and can relate a lot to your post. We share a lot of the same viewpoints on this too and one day soon I hope this entire situation will turn into a great teachable moment where people take some time to fact check and calmly assess a situation.
Great post. You tied together many important points about the importance of teaching digital citizenship in schools. I'm pretty sure many unfortunately do not even know this policy guide exists let alone understand the important work that needs to be addressed in this area ... how does it become a priority?
Well developed post. You definitely understand the importance of media literacy and the factors that contribute to its development. I'd argue that media literacy is becoming a huge part of the all the other literacies and that you wouldn't be able to be fully literate in any literacy unless you understood how media literacy relates or is part of. Great tie ins to other classmates work as well. Good read. Thank you.
The beauty of this class is it really gets you to think how literacy has been impacted by media and the importance of bringing this into the classroom. It so interesting how a meme has so much impact (kind of like political cartoons back in the day) on how youth get most of their information. I'm glad you are taking the valuable time to have these important conversations with your students especially during this extraordinary time. Honoured you thought my CRAP sheet is a good resource (any suggestions welcome and please feel free to use / adapt - let me know if you want original file). Keep up the great work.
Well done my friend. Great list of dig cit resources. I really liked your quotes. I really agree with your 'lockdown' comment. It's important that we offer opportunities to learn and practice good digital citizenship (which I strongly think is just citizenship). We do have a great dig cit document in Sask., but I'm not sure a lot of our teachers are aware of this. Great video and I am glad you and your colleague are looking for new and important opportunities for students.
Thanks for the share. Your post has helped me with my own project as I am exploring crap detection and lateral reading. I've done lots of interviews on this and I'm working on a lesson on this. Thanks for the list of Kumar's questions.
I was lucky enough to interview Jenn as well. Many great points shared. Important to realize that teachers isnt the key knowledge holder and that relationships with learners have shifted. Your comment about media consent and EAL households made me stop and reflect and answer is probably no and question the moral issue around that.
Great break down of the 9 elements and how they relate to seniors. I'm assuming that most of seniors knowledge / training on devices and dig cit is from their children. I wonder how many have access to a training class and how many
would access this training. Hate how seniors are targets of scammers both on and offline. Wonder if there is a service that would provide access to devices and wifi to seniors who are homebound. As always a great post. Thanks
Great post. Totally agree with you point about university students entering high education with a wide range of fluencies with technology. Also agree with your suggestion that deep knowledge in the area of digital fluencies should be required as these skills are essential to work, training, and research in today's society. Appreciate you drawing our attention to this group that sometimes we assume get it when it comes to using tech at a deeper level.
Thanks for the share. I really enjoyed the crash course video and will have to check out the following videos in this course. So many types of media and it is interesting how messages are encoded and decoded. I have come across similar media concept lists in my research and the second question about what creative techniques is a very good one as sometimes we are 'duped' by smoke and mirrors for sure. Another good point was to also question what's not there. I have done work with my students in this area and hope to get better.
Great work. How much time will the unit / each lesson take? Love the way you organized your unit and thanks for sharing a great resource. It's great that it will be student tested and examples shared (how do you get students permission to share... verbal consent?) Definitely will stay tuned.
Totally agree with your comments in your post. Balance is key. I feel that if we are not promoting and championing digital literacy we are not doing our jobs helping students in the world we are currently in and in the future. Being able to adapt in this area is crucial. Without physical literacy our students will not be able to make healthy decisions that will affect them physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thanks for the post and keep doing the important work you are doing.
I think you are right that there are many areas to be literate (partially or fully). That's what life long learning is so important and just like digital literacy things constantly change. I liked Trevor's blog post (just read before yours) that balance is key in these areas and that physical literacy is just as important as many of the 'established' ones. Great post.
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.