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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thing 11 Digital Citizenship

The idea of teaching digitial responsibility methodically and completely is, of course, appropriate and necessary. Just as I teach reading strategies, I could do it using the computer and obtaining information. Our school still has a computer lab which I think should utilized for such discussions. A class blog could be used for evaluation, both in computer skills and reading strategies. Instead I find little explanation of discerning fact from fiction. Depth not breadth (spelling?). With the push for interactive notebooks in Social Studies, this class could be an excellent opportunity for students to use one.
More importantly we must continue to teach our students the value of their views. Plagarism happens one because it is simple but two they don't believe we value their thoughts. Learning information from the internet is powerful but what you do with it is more important. Perhaps I need to coach teachers with their projects. Doing a project that simply regurgitates the information they read has little purpose. Putting information together and moving forward with it in a different light is better. It teaches thinking as well as the idea that their thoughts are valued.

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