Indicator 5b.

Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies

While learning in the DEL program for my Master’s Degree, I had emerging ideas about how to develop students’ mindset of digital citizenship in class. Digital citizenship is not an isolated curriculum and also needs ongoing practices. As educators, while integrating technology into class, it is important to consider modeling safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies. The EdTech person needs to model and facilitate teachers to embed digital citizenship into learning activities to deepen student understanding and shape student online behavior.

In my blog: Understanding by Design, I pilot using the backward design for a secondary photography class on the panorama unit. In this instructional design, I added an additional task of “Chart it” to provide the opportunity for students to practice and deepen understanding of digital citizenship in this class. In this task, the teacher created a Chart it Scenarios for this class including unintentional hurtful scenarios, intentional helpful scenarios, and intentional hurtful scenarios…) and students chose one position from the grid depending on their understanding of digital citizenship. The scenarios teacher created are the ones could guide students to use digital information and technology in safe, healthy, legal, and ethical ways.

This learning activity can be used continuously with specific scenarios created relevant to the subjects.

Please check Understanding by Design, for more information.