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Unit 5: Digital Citizenship

How much responsibility do educators have in addressing the issues that are arising with regards to technology?

Educators have a huge responsibility to prepare students to use web2.0 tools and social media. We have to model safe ways that we can use these resources and provide clear guidelines for acceptable use at school. After starting a class blog I have found that the amount of time I spend talking about cyber safety/responsibility in my class has risen dramatically.  I teach year 1/2’s and they are beginning to use some of the language necessary for understanding how to be ‘safe’ and we have rules that they must follow. It is amazing how much children as young as 6-8 can understand. Through the blog some of my students have also started these conversations with their parents. I think parents also need to accept some of the responsibility for teaching their children how to be safe. It needs to be a partnership between home and school and cannot be left for the school to deal with alone.

Are schools and educators capable of dealing with the changing nature of student technology usage?

Schools still have a long way to go in regards to dealing with the nature of students technology usage. I think that if schools are committed to engaging students and preparing them for a contemporary world then we must be capable of dealing with it. I do agree with Will Richardson’s post (Teach.Facebook.Now) that we need to teach students how to use social media safely. In primary schools I think it should be done by using moderated sites such as nings and then in secondary schools perhaps using facebook. I think it is essential that students gain an understanding of their digital footprint and how they can protect themselves.

Unit 2: Twitter, Facebook and Skype

I have already been using twitter, facebook and skype.

Twitter:

I have been using twitter for almost a year. It took me a while to see the value of it but I am now 100% behind it. I have been developing my PLN and now follow a range of educators and people supporting education. I find I am spending lots of time reading blogs and learning new things everyday that I can try with my class or use in my ICT leader role. I also have people who follow me that are supporting me in getting my own class blog up and running by commenting on my blog or simple retweeting me initial tweet.

Facebook:

I have used facebook on a social level and have ‘liked’ a few education pages. I like the idea of creating a professional account so that it can be completely separate from my social page and I can also keep track of educational pages.

Skype:

I have used skype for years as a tool to connect with friends. I use it mainly to speak with friends overseas as it is a free way to catch up. I would love to use skype in my teaching and make connections with other classes from around Australia or the world. This is one of my goals for this year!