PROMOTE AND MODEL DIGITAL AGE CITIZENSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY
Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
- Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
- Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
- Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
- Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools.
As teachers, we should seek to serve as role models to our students. Teachers should not only model what it looks like to be a good citizen, have good manners, and treat others respectfully in person, teachers should also serve as a role model when it comes to digital age citizenship and responsibility. Teachers should be advocates for proper etiquette when conducting business or personal affairs online. There are many laws that students need to know about when it comes to the digital age. While teachers need to serve as role models to their students, they should also make sure that they are teaching their students about the diverse needs of all learners. The first artifact below is a sample video I created that has closed captioning. This demonstrates the ability to comply with Standard IV, "Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources." As humans we are all guaranteed the same opportunities, and educating future generations about the diverse needs of all learners is an important step towards a better digital culture. TinyChat is a fun and unique way that would allow all types of learners to participate in a class discussion or a classroom lecture, while not actually being in the classroom. Below I have linked a website that I made on the uses of TinyChat in the classroom. This artifact incorporates all of the requirements for Standard IV. Through the use of TinyChat, students can engage with other students and teachers across the globe by, "... engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools." But, the most important of all the requirements from Standard IV is that as teachers, we teach our students the proper use of online tools and resources. As the final artifact below, I have included a paper that I wrote entitled, Is the web a continuous entity? This paper gives my opinion of what the World Wide Web means to me, and some areas of concern that our students need to be made aware of. The paper also includes a synopsis of some of the legal issues surrounding the age of digital information and technology.
FUTURE LEARNING GOALS
My future learning goals for Standard IV consist of staying abreast of the latest legal issues surround the age of digital information and technology. Specifically, what laws and legislation students should be made aware of, to help them become a model digital citizen. Also, maintaining a positive attitude and outlook on society, especially our digital society, and my commitment to help my students become the better online citizens, is part of my future learning goals. Keeping my eyes open to new opportunities for students to collaborate and engage with other students of different cultures, through the use of digital tools and software will help me become a better teacher.
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