WOW! What a journey...each summer the district offers an online piece to learning more about technology and I am so thankful. I remember about 4 years ago with the rapid advancement of technology feeling panicked because I was being left behind with all the lingo and tools. Right about that time Library2Play started and I joined in.
This summer we not only get to "play" with tools, but we also get tools in return. I am looking forward to our new equipment and being able to adapt it to use in the classroom.
I am really excited about Storybird. I think often students get stuck with writing because they can't come up with an idea. Storybird provides pictures for them to write stories from and use their imagination. As we consume good examples of writing I would then like to turn the kids loose on the Storybird to have them create their own writing.
I am also interested in finding some experts to connect with us on Skype. I think by realizing that classroom walls are not limited to the cement blocks that sometimes hold us in, it will allow me to expand my view of how I connect my students to others. The hardest part for me is always to take a step back from being overwhelmed by EVERYTHING I could be doing/integrating with technology and just taking "small bites" at a time. Although I have not done it yet, I would like to come up with some sort of organized type of roadmap to list concepts to teach matched with technology available.
* not to share personal information over the internet
* cyber bulling is NOT ok, use kind words when talking to others online
* remember to use safety when searching the internet
During back to school night and through parent newsletters, I would remind parents about digital citizenship. I would love to give a tip of the week for parents each newsletter.
This post is from my previous posting about digital citizenship from the 11.5 tools:
It is interesting to thinkthat not all of the nine digital elements overlap into our daily lives, but at some time or other we come in contact with them all. One of the suggested readings reminds us that proper digital citizenship does not just happen. It is just like character education or classroom citizenship, it must be taught. In the article it also talked about how the teaching can not just happen once for it to be absorbed and then used correctly everytime by students. As the technology rapidly grows, the importance for teaching digital citizenship is only enhanced.
http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html 1. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure. 2. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information. 3. Digital Literacy:process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology. 4. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. 5. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods. 6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds 7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world. 8.Digital Health & Wellness:physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world. 9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.