Digital Citizenship is an important aspect of school. It provides students the opportunity to become more responsible technology users. Technology allows worldwide communication, sharing videos and photographs, and consuming and creating information to share. In order to reduce the risk of the harmful effects of technology, Digital Citizenship urges students to be mindful when using technology and to respect themselves and others online. Digital Citizenship is a great way to inform students about all that technology has to offer while remaining safe in doing so.
Teaching Quality Standard Applicable to the Provision of Basic Education in Alberta
2J: Technology is a great tool in helping engage students. However, it is crucial that the teacher understands, and is familiar with, the technology in his or her classroom. A teacher that has little knowledge on technology is not beneficial to the students.
2O: It is important for teachers to collaborate with each other and learn and educate their peers. It encourages career-long learning.
3H: Technology can help reach the needs of students. By analyzing Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, it is evident that technology can support each diverse learning style within the classroom!
3K: Teachers are never done learning. Our peers, students (and their parents), and the community are our educators. As we educate students, they are educating us!
4 Reasons People Don’t Blog and Ideas to Help Change Their Mind
As a pre-service educator, I think blogging is a great tool to use. Although I am new to the blogging community, I already understand how beneficial it is (especially for a teacher)!
A) Blogging is NOT useless.
Blogging is beneficial for parents. Having a classroom blog helps parents stay informed on what their children are learning, and creating. It also encourages communication between parents and teachers.
Blogging is beneficial for teachers. It provides teachers with the ability to publish and share their ideas, games, crafts, lesson plans, etc. with teaching communities (or PLC, professional learning communities). It encourages collaboration and teamwork.
B) Yes, blogging is time-consuming.
Remaining up-to-date on your blog or making sure you fulfill your scheduled weekly posts may be difficult. There is a simple solution: reorganize your priorities. Those Netflix shows you’ve been dying to watch can be put on hold until your five-minute blog write-up is complete! The time and effort a teacher puts into their blog reflects who they are. It shows they are determined, caring, and willing to go the extra mile for their students!
I have mixed feelings about BYOD.
Teachers can have students access certain things using their own devices instead of waiting for the computer lab to be available.
Having their own devices readily available is effective and efficient for students’ learning.
Students understand and know how to work their devices so they are familiar with it.
What about those students who cannot afford their own devices? How does that affect their learning?
Having their own devices on them may disengage and distract students from their learning.
How does a teacher monitor the use of technology within the classroom? What if students are using technology inappropriately?
Well Where Do You Stand?
I definitely encourage the use of technology within the classroom!