Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hi! I am Lisa. I am a middle school librarian in a surburban district.
This was, perhaps, the topic I was most looking forward to during this workshop. As a school librarian, it is incumbent upon me to address digital citizenship but not only as I teach but inclusively within our entire school community. I am hosting a parent technology evening in a couple of weeks to present some of the tools parents can use and can expect to see their student using throughout the year. A component of this will be socially responsible use of social media. Although our school does not have a facebook or twitter presence per se, we often deal with the fallout. Many parents are not educated about how they can and should monitor their student's digital presence nor what limitations we as a school face when students misuse technology outside of the school environment. For me digital citizenship extends far beyond cyber bullying and I feel frustrated by our school's current "digital citizenship" lesson as it is implemented by our technology teacher and school resource officer. Much of the information is outdated and limited in scope. But, there is little interest in changing the approach. Last year, we implemented a school wide plagiarism policy and a progressive plan for student responsibility and citations. This year, I would like to continue to work on digital citizenship but I am quickly overwhelmed by the scope. I was hoping for a couple of handy resources that I might be able to adapt, but, alas, we did not cover this explicitly. I will continue searching! I did find one new resource through an edmodo blog -- it's a start! Digital Citizenship Poster