Sunday, June 28, 2015

Digital Citizenship - An Eye-Opening Lesson For Me (MTI 562)

In my online class, "The Tech Infused Teacher" - MTI 562 this week we investigated Digital Citizenship and Internet Search/Research.  This is an enormous topic and requires a lot of time to digest.  As a digital learning specialist it is my number one job to teach my students and teachers the proper way to use the internet in all areas.  This spans across many platforms - from researching state landmarks or the butterfly life cycle to staying safe online during video gaming and social networking.  Topics range from stranger danger to plagiarism.  We just scratched the surface and my head is spinning.

Our Week 4 Project is to digitally research a tech ed topic that interests me.  Well, they all interest me!  I have spent numerous hours researching many different topics.  Here is my thought process:

Idea 1:  Digital Citizenship...Staying Safe on Line:  Next year, one of my main focuses will be teaching Digital Citizenship to students in Kindergarten to 6th grade. As you can imagine, this is a major undertaking.  Yes, we do introduce digital safety and guidelines starting in Kindergarten.  Then, as they transition into the next grades, they will feel comfortable and empowered by their skills.

Click HERE for an article on teaching Digital Citizenship.

Idea 2:  Using Educational Technology with Common Core:  A majority of my job is to use programs and apps to enhance the curriculum.  Teachers must follow the standards for their curriculum and make a plan for how to teach those standards.  I work with them to see how technology will assist them in this.  I use the SAMR model to integrate technology into our classes.

I found some great websites for Ed Tech and Common Core:

Click HERE for an article on what the Common Core says about tech integration.

Idea 3:  Giving Credit Where Credit is due.
After really searching for some good topics, I decided to discuss the use of blogging in the classroom to integrate and really use technology to enhance the curriculum.  Blogging has proven to be an amazing platform for students to incorporate 21st century learning skills into their lessons and the curriculum.  This is a way that students can share their writing with an authentic audience in a creative and collaborative way.

I have a personal blog as well as a professional blog, as you can see. I worked with several teachers this year to incorporate blogging into their classes.  I created a compilation of materials to share with teachers to help them with all aspects of blogging with their students.  I put all of my resources into one place using the online program, "Blendspace". I felt really satisfied with my materials.  They range from my personal notes and resources to online websites, articles, and videos.

Here is the problem...During this week's online class, I learned about the legalities of copyrighted materials.  Of course I know not to plagiarize someone else's work, but I didn't really consider giving credit to these sources when I use them for my lessons.  Wow, my mind is blown.  So, instead of researching how blogging helps teachers with Common Core, I went back to my Blendspace and gave credit on all of my resources.  It was a difficult and time consuming task.  I had to go back and try to find these resources online to be able to cite them.  I started off with the intention of storing these sources for myself, but decided to share them with others.

There are "Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers" where we can use some materials and information for educational use, but it is not extremely easy to understand or decipher.  There is a great chart, but I'm not sure if I can legally share the chart.  I'm really shocked by the information that I'm learning about copyrights and penalties that I'm scared to share it.

Here is a link for lots of resources.

Below is my Blendspace compilation of Blogging Resources that I used with teachers last year.  You'll see my personal meeting notes along with many resources to understand and use blogging.

1 comment:

  1. I have also become 'frightened' of using and sharing the wrong materials. I ask permission all the time and if I don't get it, I don't use it. I create my own artwork (and I'm not an artist) or purchase what's called a 'non-exclusive right' to use someone else's artwork. Usually that's as cheap as $.10 each or less. I like that better than crossing my fingers and hoping I picked the right picture.

    Strong Blendspace lesson plan. I think a lot of classmates will find that useful.