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EDTC Networked Learning Post

Thought the semester fellow EDTC students and myself created a strong course community by being active on our various social platforms like our blog, twitter and discord. I interacted with my classmates by commenting on their posts, asking and answering questions and sharing resources.

Discord

This course acted as my first introduction to discord. Discord is a great way to create a classroom community. Throughout this course I only contributed to discord a few time. Honestly I found it a little overwhelming because I would forget to check it for awhile then when I would go on there was always so much new content to go through. I also found that lots of the other classmates where excited to help out and answer questions so most times the questions I seen where already answered. However despite the fast pace chat in discord I did mange to share a couple resources on discord that sparked some interesting conversations.

Twitter

At the start of this semester Twitter was a completely new resource for me. Thought this course I have learned a lot about using Twitter as a professional platform. Twitter has helped me find and share many great resources through the time I have been using it. Twitter was also an easy outlet to interact with classmates through. I tried to comment and share on Twitter as much as possible just so I could build up my community and I would say t actually went pretty well.

Edusites Blog and Blogging

Throughout this course I continued to use and grow my Edusites blog. The blog hub we had for this class made it super easy to find and interact with other students blogs which was great.

‘Baking’ a Quick Detour: Week 2 of my Learning Project -Sydney Hoffman

Hey Sydney great topic for your learning project. I also love baking! Great to see that you were able to adapt your learning schedule to accommodate mother’s day. Cant wait for next weeks post about Devil’s Food Cake.

-Amberlee

Relearning And Improving -Karlee Andres

 Hello Karlee.
This is a great topic to choose for your learning project. My grandma is an artist however she mostly uses acrylic paint not water-colour. Have you ever experimented with other types of paint.

-Amberlee

Time to Learn ASL!- Ashley Peterman

Hello Ashley.

I also choose to do ASL for my learning project. Similarly, to you I have never practiced ALS until now and I also don’t have any close relations to people who use ASL. I love the inspiration behind this learning journey. Well best of luck to you as a fellow ASL learner, cheers!

-Amberlee

I ALWAYS PICTURED MYSELF DRIVING A TRUCK!#WEEK 1- Tina Havari

 Hello Tina.

This is a great idea for a learning project. I have had my drivers license since turning 16. I love the freedom of it. I live rural so having my licence really allows me to become lots more independent. Good luck with getting your license! -Amberlee

 FORE! New Skill Coming in Hot -Kyla Figgitt

Hello Kyla what a fun learning topic, golf!

I have no experience with golf but you explain that it releases aggression I might just have to try it out as a relaxation method! I also agree that golf is a great way to stay active and lots of rural communities also have golf available so that makes it super accessible. I can’t wait to follow along with you on this exciting learning journey.

-Amberlee

Navigating Feedly for the First Time- Gledi Toci

Hello Gledi.

I was also super impressed with how easy to navigate Feedly was. For my Feedly section I focused just primarily on education hover I like how you choose to also include news a politics. I checked out you TED-Ed source and it looks super interesting I think Im going to add it to my sources. Happy blogging!

-Amberlee

My Feeds are Being Fed with Feedly- Julie Findura

Hello Julie.

I also started off my Feedly by focusing on educational technologies. I really enjoyed the post you shared ” Ideas For Connecting with Families Remotely”. It was a super helpful article that provided various resources. This article really relates to me because the school I currently work at as an EA is going online learning for the next 2 weeks so I will show some of these ideas to the fellow teachers. Thanks for sharing this great resource. 

-Amberlee

Seesaw is Amazing- Karlee Andres

 Hello Karlee.

Thanks for this super informative post. I have heard many good things about seesaw. However I have never took the chance to explore it myself. Your post provided a very step by step walk through that allowed me to experience seesaw through your experience. I think this resource would be great to use in the classroom and for distant learning too.

A Little Baby Talk- Juilie Findura

Hello Julie. Great post.
I really like that you used a video to demonstrate the signs and that you also incorporated many resources. I am also focusing on ASL however I had never thought to explore this are of sign. This is a great idea and serves as a great introduction to baby sign language. Thanks for sharing!

-Amberlee

GAINING MOMENTUM -Mrs. Guderyan

Hello!
As a fellow walker/ runner I think this is a great learning project. Unlike you I am not a morning walker I prefer early evening as my favourite time. However, I have heard many times how great expertise first thing in the morning can be. It’s great that you are starting to see progress. Thanks for tracking your learning so closely it makes it super easy to follow. Keep on walking!

MOVIE OR MOVAVIE? – Linda Yeboah

Hello Linda. This is a great tool it looks very similar to iMovie which I have used lots to create different videos for projects. This resource seems to have many different options so you can make it fit your needs. I also liked how you provided a step by step break down of your process to make it easy for me to examine all the features. Great resource thanks for sharing.

-Amberlee

Nail Day 3: Salon Quality??- Mingyeong Kimm

 Hello! This is a great learning project idea. What kind of resources are you using to guide your learning?

Growing Up In the Digital World: In the Role of An Educator- Andrew MacPhail

 Hello Andrew. I feel like you highlighted some great takeaways from the videos. I agree that mediation is an important aspect I this new way with technology. However, us as educators can only do so much to monitor mediation. With that being said I think it is important to provide students with awareness and advocacy of cyberbullying and the dangers of the internet. I feel lots of students don’t know about a digital footprint and that the things the do online matters. So, I personally say educating the students on the benefits and dangers of the internet is a great way to start! After all we are EDUCATORS. 🙂

A Whole New World?! – Jana Ross

 Hello Jana.

Your reflection you your own YouTube channel got me curious, so I decided to take a look at my YouTube channel. I was surprised to see that I actually had 8 YouTube videos. I have never really considered myself to be a big tech girl, so I was actually surprised I had so many videos. I was born into a world with lots of tech but even from my childhood to now it is crazy to see the change in technology. Even reflecting on my experience with technology I can see that it has started to become a bigger part of my life. I defiantly think the mediator role is an important aspect of technology to focus on as future educators. Although we as educators can’t be the mediators it’s important to give parents and students the awareness and advocacy to make informed decisions on the internet.

Social Media: A Double-Edged Sword – Sydney Hoffman

 Hello Sydney

I really like how you explored the various relationships our students will develop through the internet I think this really helps put into context the major role technology will play in a student’s life. I definitely agree that using technology and social media in the classroom resonates with students because it’s relevant to their interests. Thanks for all the great insight within this post it really got my thinking.

Digital Citizenship in my Future Classroom- Ms. Hillis

Thanks for the informative post. I liked that you used direct images from the curriculum to show the direct outcomes and indicators you could see fitting into the different elements of digital literacy.

-Amberlee

STAYING MOTIVATED FOR MY STUDENTS- Mrs. Guderyan

 I love that you track your progress daily and keep like a little note about each day. In the long term this progress and notes will be great to look back on to check your progress! Keep up the great work!

Digital Citizenship in Classrooms- Mingyeong Kimm

 Hello.
I completely agree that a digital footprint is one of the most important aspect of a kids life with technology. Often at a young age kids don’t realize that what they do on the internet will stay there forever and that can really be a bad thing for many kids. Like you said I think it’s important to allow kids to explore technology but to also expose them to the dark side just so they are completely aware.
-Amberlee

Flabby Bird and Coding- Sarah Breti

Wow it looks like you had a great experience with coding. I choose to go the other way and do coding. However it looks like this was a super fun option to see different coding thanks for sharing. -Amberlee

Becoming A Cricut Master- Ericka Brock

Hello Erika
My mom and I also like to Cricut however we have never really sat down and took the time to learn all the possibilities. I will definitely need to save these post for future references. Thanks for sharing you experience.
-Amberlee

Zoom

I contributed to class converstations throughout our various course meetings.

Thats a wrap on EDTC 300 Thanks for following along. Have a great summer.

“It’s Closing Time”- A Reflection of My Personal Learning in EDTC300!

Closing Time by Semisonic

Entering this course, I had a lot of experience with technology or at least I thought I did. However, this course has encouraged me to examine and grow areas of my digital identity and create a professional online community that will encourage professional develop.

Through this course I have had 5 main areas of development.

-Learning Project

-Edusites

-Twitter

-Digital Citzenship & Digital Identity

-Implementation of technology in the classroom

Signing off- My ASL Learning Journey

This is the conclusion of my learning project. I actually really enjoyed the EDTC 300 project because it challenged us to learn something new. Not only did I learn a new skill but I also learned how to find online resource and what types of resources I learn best from. I found throughout this project the most useful resources where videos because they allowed me to visual see and here the ASL sign.

15 tips for learning American Sign Language - Lingvano ASL
15 Tips for Learning American Sign Language

My ASL Learning Journey……..

Week 1-Learning Project- Throwback to Kindergarten with ASL Letters. In the first week of my learning project I started off with the very basics the letters. I used learning resources like YouTube videos and an ASL Learning app. I was actually surprised how fast I caught on which made me hopeful for the next week of learning.

Week 2- Easy as 1, 2, 3………Maybe? In week 2 of my ASL learning I seemed to hit a road block. Learning the All numbers seemed to be trickier then I expected because you had to use certain fingers to represent certain numbers. I continued to use resources like videos and apps because I found they were the easiest way for me to learn. Although I struggled to learn the numbers with a bit of extra practice I was able to master them and get ready for week 3.

Week 3- Yes, no and maybe so…… all entailed in this weeks learning. Week 3 marked the half way point of my learning project. I really liked this week of learning because I moved from the basics like numbers and letters to important things like common phrases. Learning these phrases really helped me to feel like I was final learning ASL. Which made me excited for the coming weeks of learning

Week 4- The home stretch of learning ASL is in sight! In week 4 of learning I expanded my knowledge and kept learning new phrases and common words. I found it challenging to find a good list of common phrase to learn so I decided next week I could go back to focusing on categories of learning. For week 4 of learning I relied on two main YouTube channels that were both super visual. With week 5 category of learning picked out I was excited to move on.

Week 5- Tik Tok for learning? …You can’t be serious. In week 5 of my learning project I really challenged myself to go outside the box and find some new leaning resources. This led me to Tik Tok. I was surprised to find such a large ASL learning community on Tik Tok which made it really easy to find resources to learn the days of the week, the months and some weather terms. Looking back I think that week 5 was my favourite week of learning for the simple reason that I was so happy to find an ASL community.

Week 6- What ASL for Babies? For week 6 I decided to take a bit of a different approach to my learning project. Instead of learning different signs I decided to search baby sign and learn more about it as a whole. I learned what baby sign is, why people use it and when you can start teaching it. In my final week of learning I tried to use some new resources so I used blogs and articles to guide my final week of learning. Overall I really liked this change of pace in the final week of my learning project.

When reflecting back on my learning project I am so proud to see how far I have come in six weeks. I am so glad I choose to learn ASL and as I continue to learn ASL beyond this class I will definitely to use the resources I found in this class like some YouTube channels and the ASL Tik Tok community. For anyone who is considering learning ASL I would definitely recommend finding and joining All learning communities on Tik Tok or Facebook right away because they where a huge inspiration to my learning. Thank you Katia for the challenge I have found a new passion I can’t wait to couture learning.

What ASL for Babies?

Baby
Baby Sign Language.

For the final week of my learning project I decided to take a different approach. For this week’s learning I focused on learning about baby sign. I wanted to know if it was common for people to use them and if they actually worked? I also decided that a research style learning this week would allow me to use some new resources like journals and articles that I haven’t really used throughout this learning project. I also wanted to learn a few of the signs but for the most part I wanted to learn how common the signs are and more about the baby sign as a whole.

For this weeks learning I used two main sources. I started off by using a resource that would help me become familiar with the different signs. The resource I used was How to Teach Baby 25 Key Words in Baby Sign Language. The format of this resource was super easy to follow and learn from. The different signs where labelled then described and also had a picture attached to demonstrate the sign. Once I had made myself familiar with a few of the signs I choose to move onto the research aspect of this weeks learning.

How to Teach Baby Sign Language: 25 Baby Signs to Know
The Bump

I started off the research aspect of this weeks learning by searching “How common is sign for babies”. From this search I found a really good website “Baby Sign Language: When, How and Why to Try It”. This website told me everything I need to know about sign language for babies like when to start teaching it, how to teach it and why to teach it. The website define baby sign by saying, “Baby sign language is an effective way to help your child communicate, allowing your non-verbal little one to express his needs before he knows how to use words.” It also noted teaching your child sign can help avoid a lot of frustration caused by trying to communicate which I think would be very helpful for myself this summer when I’m working at the daycare because I know how frustrating communication can be. I was surprised that the website suggested you can begin teaching sign between 8-9 months it seemed so young but I guess the sooner you can communicate the better. I was also surprised to learn that teaching you baby sign can actually help them start to verbally speak sooner because they become more excited to communicate.

Reflecting on this week of learning I am super glad I decided to take a different approach with this week. I definitely think teaching sign to babies does have lots of benefit and this is defiantly something I will keep in mind for when I have kids. This concludes the learning aspect of my learning project thanks for following along.

“Code them Gangnam Style”

This was my starting point

These week I was challenged to explore coding. I was originally just going to code a short scratch problem someone else created. However I wanted to challenge myself and be creative so I choose to do some coding of my own. I choose to use Code and the extension “dance party”. I choose dance party because I thought it would be easier to learn as a first time coder. I decided to challenge myself and not watch any how to videos and just learn through experience. It took me a few tries but once I got things figured out it was surprisingly easier then I thought.

Throughout this experience I had two main learnings. The first thing that I learned is it’s important to create and alter the set up function of the code before trying to add actions. On my first attempt I was so excited to get the characters doing actions that I skipped this step and it made it very confusing to add actions when I just had one animal in the centre was a setup. The second thing I learned is the best product will come from trial and error. The resource makes it super easy to add and delete things so don’t be afraid to test out different options then choose what you like best.

Here’s what I created

I would say my overall experience of coding was very good. In my future as an educator I would like to explore coding so I am able to use it to its full capacity in my classroom. I think coding has the potential to be a great classroom or virtual learning tool for students of all ages. The wide variety of variations for creating different codes would make it easy for a teacher to create an activity that accommodates many different levels of students. As a future educator I would defiantly like to incorporate coding into my classroom as a learning resource. If coding is something new too you I would defiantly recommend checking it out!

FAKE news REAL issues…

Photo by Disti//ed on blog.mozilla

Fake news has becoming increasingly common within todays digital world. This is very problematic because many people myself included are taught the the internet has all the answers. This false informative allows us to easily accept new things we read on the internet as facts without even checking how credible it is. Fake news has becoming increasingly persistence in the last few years. As a future educator it is important that we give future generations the tools they need to dismantle fake news and give them the confidence to practice digital literacy.

It is clear that digital literacy is an important skill to teach to students however it might seem a bit unclear how to teach it or when to teach it. Its important to understand that variations of digital literacy can be taught at all different ages levels. I plan to teach K-5 when I finish my degree so for me teaching digital literacy might be a lot different then you would expect. As an earlier years teachers you often work with students to developed a foundation in variety of topics . That being said, teaching about digital literacy can easily be worked into the foundational aspects of a variety of subjects areas. In the early years I believe it is most important to allow students to develop an understanding pertaining to the subject matter. Like what is news, why do people try to trick us, who do you believe and also give them plenty of opportunities to explore fake news. This could simply be creating a dramatic and obviously fake article and reading it as a class in English then asking them if they believe the story which would start a conversation on fake news. As students become older and begin to enter middle years its a good idea to start introducing students to misleading and fake news. In the middle years area it is important for students to understand and recognize the different types and ways of mis informing. The video Helping Students Identify Fake News With The Five C’s of Critical Consuming is a great tool that can be used as a basic introduction to fake news. Once going on to teach about fake news more in depth two helpful resources for this area of learning are The 7 Types of Mis- and Dis-information and 10 Types of Misleading News. These resources would be great for middle school students because they don’t provide an overwhelming amount of information but they are still very informative. This area of learning can easily be tied into the Saskatchewan curriculum under one of the main health education program goals which is inquiry for health decision making. Within this section students are encouraged to practice making informed decisions. Expanding digital literacy into the high school levels is also a great idea that would provide basic follow up on the middle years learning. Once students reach the high school they will have a detailed understanding of fake news and be able to recognize it. From here we can begin to build on skills like understanding the meanings behind fake news and incorporating some projects that are similar to the projects done in the NTCE Pilot Project.

Retrieved from Saskatchewan Curriculum Grade 8 Health Education

Tik Tok for learning? …You can’t be serious.

For week 5 of my ASL learning project I focused on the months of the year, the days of the week and a few weather characteritics. This week I tried to challenge myself and use unique resources to learn. In this process I was able to find a discover an entire new ASL learning community. I began my learning project for the week by creating a Tok Tok account. I know weird I’m a 19 year old without a Tik Tok account or at least I was. 😉 Once I downloaded the app I went to the search option and typed in ASL. I was completely astonished to see how many results I found. I started to scroll through the content and it seemed like I could almost learn any ASL I had very imagined thought Tik Tok. I had discovered a thriving ASL learning community in the most unexpected place. I decided to refine my search to a more specific topic and see the resources I could find. I managed to find one account that had a great learning video for the months of the year. I followed along with this video and watched it numerous times till I eventually caught on. I really liked this resource because the women verbally talked out the actions and demonstrated the signs clearly. The other main resource I used for this weeks learning was the YouTube Channel Learn How To Sign. I have used this channel in previous week but I seem to always come back to it. The women in the video does a lot of verbal explanation and she always describes and demonstrates each sign couple of times. I would 10/10 recommend this YouTube Channel to any ASL learners.

My results when searching ASL on Tik Tok.

Reflecting back on this weeks learning experience I would defiantly consider this a win. I had the opportunity to discover a thriving ASL learning community which will definitely help me in my future learning ASL. I also learned not of content in a responsible time frame thanks to the great online resources I found. Next week I plan to review my learning this far and then create a plan to continue my learning. Thanks for following along on my ASL journey.

Here is a video that capture my learnings this week.

Cybersleuth or Cyber Stocking? Why your digital identity really matters.

In todays world your digital identity plays a critical role in your identity as an individual on and off the internet. People create the identity they want others to see which is often the ideal moments of their life. The article Split Images discusses how people form a digital identity that often portrays a false image. The article says, “Everyone presents an edited version of life on social media. People share moments that reflect an ideal life, an ideal self.”. I feel like this is a really powerful quote because it is so so true. Social media allows people to control the way others see there lives. As we discussed in our EDTC 300 community its important to Crete a digital image for ourselves before someone else does. However people get so caught up in creating this image or digital identity that they can become consumed. The article also discussed how digital identities effect peoples overall view of themselves. People mostly post about the good things in their lives which makes comparing your life to the ideal life of another person very dangerous for a persons confidence and overall health.

This week I was challenged to cybersleuth a fellow classmate. I started the process by simply searching Karlee Andres into google. This lead me directly to her Facebook and to her Pinterest. Her Facebook was pretty open to me because we share a mutual friend. However I dint gather much from pintrest. All said and done I was actually expecting to find a lot more information about Karlee then I did. However after connecting back with her she examined that she has various other media accounts like instagram, twitter etc. So I concluded that these accounts aren’t under her full name so they don’t come up when I am searching for her. Overall I would say Karlee’s digital footprint is very private and what is public is super professional.

After cybersleuth Karlee I became interested in explore my digital identity. To my surprise I found that my digital identity was much more public then I had predicted. With this in mind I can’t help but think about how my digital identity will effect me as a future educator? Or how my future students will be effected by the digital identity they create? As a future educator I think it is critical to explore the role a digital identity will play in students lives. digital identities will not only effect how students view one and other but it can also have effects on how the students see themselves. It is critical to teach students ways to create a positive digital identity in order to set them up for success in the future. it is also important to educate students on the “ideal lives” people portray on their social media. It is important for myself and other educators to stay current on topics like digital identity so we can teach our students about this important concept.

The home stretch of learning ASL is in sight!

For week 4 of my learning project I choose to focus on expanding my knowledge of the common words and phrases. This week learning went rather smoothly, and I feel like I developed a strong understanding for many different signs. I started this week learning off by search google looking for common sentences or words to learn when you’re learning a new language. From this search results I found a lot of helpful ideas of different sentences I could focus on learning this week in ASL. However, I also found that a lot of the suggestions pertain to travelling because most often when someone is learning a new language it is for tourist purposes which I found interesting. This brought me to thinking about how it would be to travel to a place where everyone communicating through ASL. This is honestly kind of a fascinating thought it was interesting to think about the different things in my life, but I read every day without actually knowing I’m reading. In a place where people only communicated through ASL what they have images of the hands doing the signs or symbols? What do you think?

After finding a variety of words and terms I wanted to learn I started looking for some resources to help me learn them. In my past weeks of the learning project I’ve had my best luck learning through videos, so I naturally turned to YouTube do you help me find videos explaining the ASL signs for each term I wanted to learn. Since I used a lot of different videos for this week’s learning, I’m not going to touch on every single one however I will share two YouTube channels I have found helpful for this week’s learning. The first channel I used is called Learn How to Sign. I think I may have use this channel for a resource a couple weeks back. However, I really like this channel, so I decided to use it again this week. I like this channel for a few main reasons. The first reason is the women organizes the different signs into categories so the video I used this week focused specifically on family which made it easy to find all the different terms I was looking for in one spot. The second reason I really like this channel is because the women is also vocal. Recently I found that lots of the ASL learning videos are silent which makes sense but for me it is harder to learn I like vocals while I’m learning. In these videos the women provide an explanation of the sign and then demonstrates it. Few times which really allows me to examine her hand movements. The second YouTube channel I used this week is called eHow. This channel provides very short videos with one sign per video which is handy when you are looking for one specific word. However, the man in these videos doesn’t really explain the different signs so it’s a bit more tricky to grasp. I would say both resources are great overall it depends what you need to have a preference on over another.

Heres my learning progress for Week 4

Reflecting on this week one of my main struggles was actually finding terms I should learn so carrying forward to next week I have decided to put my learning into categories to make it easier to learn. Next week I have decided I will focus on the 12 months, the days of the week and the weather. In as I have mainly relied on YouTube to produce videos for my learning resources. However, in this coming week I am challenging myself to you as a video resource found somewhere other than Youtube perhaps Tik-Tok or my ASL learning Facebook page that I have joined. Wish me luck as I search for new learning resources in the closing weeks of my learning project.

Am I a Digital Citizen?

Believe it or not we are all digital citizens in todays world of advancing technology. According to Ribble digital citizenship can be defined as the “continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use.” Understanding this definition is a critical aspect that allows us to explore the role digital citizen ship and technology will play in the different areas of our life, like the education system for example. Technology has become increasingly prominent in the last few years so as future educators it’s important to understand what to teach students about being a digital citizen and when to teach it to them.

Based on Ribble’s 9 elements of digital citizenship I have picked out 2 elements and tried to connect them to certain areas of the curriculum. When initially looking through the curriculum it was evident that digital citizenship could possibly relate to many areas of learning because one of the broad areas of learning within the K-12 curriculum is “Sense of self, community and place”. However after reading though different sections of curriculum I felt that learning about digital citizenship best fit into the health aspects of the curriculum because in health students are asked to examine interaction, sense of self and how to treat others which I feel all directly relate to digital citizenship.

Digital Etiquette

I think it is important to start teaching about these nine principles a soon as possible. Students are exposed to technology at a young age the the sooner they can understand technology and its effects on their digital citizenship the better. Digital etiquette is the best element to start with when introducing students to digital citizenship. Digital etiquette can be described as the standards for individuals in these various online spaces. Digital etiquette’s could be introduced to students through the Grade 1 health curriculum. The Grade 1 health curriculum talks a lot about behaviour, interaction and relationships which are all directly related to digital etiquette and the behaviour we want to promote in cyberspaces. I would say that this learning could continue into Grade 2 and even Grade 3 but it’s a really good idea if possible to introduce it in Grade 1. While teaching about digital citizenship I would recommend if possible creating a professional online space for students to interact. This will ensure the students can put the content they learned into use right away. Eventually this aspect of digital citizenship would lead into learning about various digital rights and responsibilities.

Grade 1 Saskatchewan Health Curriculum

Digital Rights & Responsibilities

The last element that I think is also really important is digital rights and responsibilities. This element is focused on discussing the different rights, privileges and responsibilities students have within the cyber world. Although it seems like this element is easy to understand and should be taught much younger I feel Grade 9 is the correct area to discuss the different rights and responsibilities in the digital world. This element digital literacy also means that students need to understand other individuals rights which is a bit trickier of a concept. While teaching about digital rights and responsibilities I feel it is important to allow students to communicate on various platforms where they can practice their rights while viewing and understanding others. A great way to do this would be getting students involved in some kind of online debate. This would allow students to practice their rights by express their optinions but also encourage them to practice their online responsibilities to respect others individuals rights and opinions. Having students participate in the online debate would fit perfectly into the Grade 9 English curriculum. One of the indicators in the curriculum is focused on having student “View, listen to, read, and respond to a variety of visual, oral, print and multimedia (including digital) texts that address the grade-level themes and issues related to identity, social responsibility, and efficacy including those that reflect diverse personal identities, world-views, and backgrounds”. Having students view and respond to others in a digital debate would cover this curriculum indicator and also allow students to develop an understanding for digital responsibility and respect. Furthermore the teacher could also easily incorporate digital laws by showing students the proper way to make citations and encourage them to do research and cite their sources within the debate.

As a future K-5 educator I plan to incorporate digital citizenship as much as possible. I will incorporate the use of technology within my classroom on a daily basis to allow students to explore and practice the different elements of digital citizenship. Students are always going to interact in the digital world. It’s important to realize that although you may not think that it’s ideal it’s important as a teacher to teach the students what they need to know for life. So teach them about digital literacy they will thank you for it!

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