Digital Citizenship, using technology appropriately is something that all users of technology need to be aware of. The article, Nine Elements, Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship highlights how to do that. I have chosen to discuss five themes and how they relate to my students and myself. Digital Access: Full Electronic Participation In Society is something that myself as a teacher needs to be aware of. If I am assigning assignments that require students to log onto their Pearson Student account and take a quiz, and that student does not have access to a computer, then that student does not have full electronic participation. It is my duty, as a teacher to gain him or her access to providing an opportunity to have access to a computer to take the assessment. The next theme, Digital Communication, and how to appropriately engage in it has to be taught. As an educator it is my responsibility to teach which platforms and applications should be used when communicating digitally in the classroom.
The next theme, Digital Etiquette, needs to be taught in kindergarten and reinforced all throughout the students carrer. Their are rules and regulations for using and accessing technology, rather than taking it away for misuse, as an educator I need to teach and reinforce digital etiquette, and make sure my coworkers are as well. The fourth theme, Digital Health and Wellness needs to be addressed and taught in all classrooms. Technology is wonderful, but can also be dangerous. All users of technology need to know the dangers of Internet Addiction and eye sight problems. This is something that I will be discussing with students.
The fifth digital theme, Digital Security (self protection) will be something that I will be discussing with not only students but teachers at the beginning of the school year. Anyone who uses technology needs to have virus protection, and data backups. I will make sure that all digital citizens know how to protect theirinformation from outside forces that might cause disruption or harm.