We Should Be Doing More Than Teaching Digital Citizenship
The quote above is one of my favorites about digital citizenship. My classroom is a global classroom but I don’t “teach” digital citizenship. My students are actually digital citizens and we learn about the digital world by being a part of it. I feel most of the issues kids have online with bullying, racism and inappropriate posting come from a lack of experience in the digital world. My goal as a Kindergarten teacher is to begin to build the understanding that interactions online are interactions with real people and that posting something usually means it is online forever. My hope is that by being part of the digital world in a controlled environment while they are young, they will have the knowledge and skills to be good digital citizens when are on their own.
If you think about it the digital world is a very abstract concept, especially for young kids. I try very hard to bridge that abstract world by providing concrete connections with other classes around the world. We tweet, Skype and use google docs to build relationships with digital tools. This year I plan to have someone in our school be our first Skype contact and then have that person visit the room after the call. I want them to have a clear understanding we are chatting with real people.
How do you plan to give your class experiences being digital citizens this year? The options are endless and you can always start your first connection with a class in your own school or district.
Here is the map of connections my class made last year