After reading Riddle's Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship as well as the Saskatchewan K-12 curriculum, one thing became very clear to me, as educators, we are responsible for educating the students on how to use technology properly. As discussed in class, many parents of young children are unaware of the full extent of the internet and technology because it has evolved so rapidly in the past 15 years, it's a whole new world. It's important for us to educate not only the children, but the parents as well. As discussed, this can be achieved by hosting seminars after school hours for the parents to attend or sending out pamphlets home for the parents.
I want to discuss a few of Ribble's Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and how it can be intertwined with the Saskatchewan K-12 Curriculum .
Let's start with the first element of digital citizenship... digital access. I think this aspect of digital citizenship is very important, especially as an educator trying to incorporate technology into the classroom. This element applies to all students at all grade levels. We are responsible for knowing who has access to technology and who does not, we are also responsible for helping that student gain access or altering the work so that they are able to complete it.
The second element is digital commerce. This element refers to the buying and selling of products online. Educating students on online purchases can make them aware of the safety and security risks associated with it as well as the risks financially. This element is better taught in middle or high school, as students that age are gaining access to online shopping. In Saskatchewan, there is an Economics 20 course that is offered in high school, I believe this would be the best place to address digital commerce. Some outcomes for this course include the understanding of money and the market, which as we know is largely online now. Incorporating the dangers of online economics can make students more aware of their actions while online.
Element three is digital communication and collaboration. I believe online communication can start being taught as soon as children enter school. As we discussed in class on Tuesday, there was a kindergarten teacher that would hand our papers that represented a tweet and the students would each fill it out. The students began learning what was appropriate to be posting online and the teacher would actually post the students tweets on their class Twitter page. This ties into the English Language Arts Kindergarten outcome of composing and creating visual, multimedia, oral and written texts.
I do believe that all nine elements are extremely important to incorporate into the classroom and by incorporating them, the students have a better idea of how to be internet safe in this new era of a technological world. As educators, we are responsible to educate ourselves as well as the student and the parents. Technology is continuously evolving and it is our job to stay on top of it.