ISTE Standard 4 – Digital Citizenship

What are ways that I can model digital citizenship to students and invite them to participate in positive, safe and proactive ways with an evolving digital culture?

According to Lindsay & Davis (2010), digital citizenship is about “transforming yourself into a professional who can effectively research technology trends, monitor the uses of technology in your school or district, avoid the fear factor that can easily paralyze you, and empower student-centered learning to create vibrant, exciting learning projects” (p. 12). Within their statement there is an aspect of strong leadership, willingness to go beyond normal technological comfort zones, and a desire to know a student’s experience with different technologies. As an educator the skills may not be easy to develop at first, but the excitement, innovation and willingness to engage other educators and students around what they see and do through computers, tablets, phones, and the internet are a pre-requisite of a growing learner.

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ISTE 1 Project: Digital Storytelling

How to Survive Living Abroad: A How-to Guide

ISTE Standard 1 charges teachers to blend their expertise in content knowledge with creative, collaborative and innovative technological tools. For this project, I worked with another teacher and combined our common experiences living, traveling and studying abroad to create an informational personal narrative. Our target audience were Americans who would be interested in traveling abroad or who enjoy international experiences. Another audience reflected in the personal narrative context would be friends, families, and students who we would enjoy sharing and celebrating our lives and stories with. In a formal educational setting this may be a good example to showcase how students can work together on a project, contribute evenly, and find a common theme to create a consistent narrative story. For a more informal educational setting, using digital storytelling and videos to share creative content that students produce, even if it may be a simple PowerPoint or slideshow, is a great way to build classroom community and for students to see the value in exploring new ways of expressing themselves

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