The question that I generated for ISTE Standard Four was: How can I ensure that the sources I use for discussing political current events in my classroom are providing the whole story, not just representing opinions. This question relates to the ISTE Standard 4 #1 Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources. I want to be sure that I remain impartial when I am discussing important current events with my students. One way to make sure that I am doing this is to make a point of noting the source of where information is coming from. Politicians are usually also talking about important issues. In order to remain neutral, I will plan on consulting the website Factcheck.org. Factcheck.org looks into the claims made by politicians representing the major political parties to make sure they are accurate. This sight will also be beneficial for meeting the common core standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.8 Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Another part of the ISTE standard 4 is part #3 Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. The Ribble and Miller article, from our assigned readings, covered this standard well. This article spoke to the importance of teaching students to act appropriately when they are interacting with others on the web. Working in a middle school environment, there are multiple times each day that I try and guide students to treat each other, and themselves, with respect. Often times inappropriate comments or mean behavior will eventually result in students’ recognizing their faults, and apologizing to one another. The problem with the web, is it is very hard to take back inappropriate comments or behavior. There can also be a permanent record created of this inappropriate behavior. For this reason, as the article points out, we must not only teach are students to act appropriately in school, but teach the importance of appropriate behavior on-line. To help my students with being respectful digital citizens, I have created this digital poster through glogster. http://spugs.edu.glogster.com/blank-7014-1540-9503
A classmate of mine, Katie Y., shared a link from Edutopia that addresses teaching digital citizenship. This particular link discusses doing so in a contained, controlled setting that provides the teacher and students a chance to interact virtually through the software program created by Schoology. If we as teachers are going to be able to teach digital citizenship, we must do so while operating within the digital environment. I look forward to trying to create engaging safe digital learning networks for my students.
Links and Reference
Ribble, M., & Miller, T. N. (2013). Educational leadership in an online world: Connecting students to technology responsibly, safely, and ethically. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17(1), 137-145.