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5 Web Links Exploring Social Media and Digital Citizenship

5 Web Links Exploring Social Media and Digital Citizenship

This week’s web link recommendations cover; using critical thinking to find trustworthy websites, one school’s journey in adopting social media, how to teach digital citizenship in 6th grade, an infographic that illustrates the ‘digital divide’ for access to technology and some important tips on teaching social media to students.

1. Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites

This video showcases the effective instructional strategies used by a teacher in NY to help her students learn to find websites they can trust.

Goals for students include:

  •  determine the credibility of online resources;
  •  learn research and analysis skills;
  •  look at media and evaluate it’s worth;
  •  look for numbers, statistics, and  information indicating the site is factual;
  •  learn not to trust sites with so many pop up ads;
  • look for unbiased information presented from multiple perspectives

Instruction is scaffolded by covering key vocabulary, identifying specific sources, and providing a guide for evaluating those sources. Read More…

2. How Our School Adopted Social Media, One Small Step at a Time

This article is written by Eric Sheninger, a New Jersey administrator who writes about his personal journey from a traditional administrator to a now tech savvy administrator of a 21st century school. Sheninger identifies a “transformative culture that is more in line to meet the needs of our students.” He describes the steps undertaken to move himself, his teachers, and the school into this transformative culture embracing technology and social media. Some of the steps mentioned include educating the staff by providing support and modeling, and including students in the process, as they are often able to teach educators new tricks, tools, and applications. Read More…

3. How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 6th Grade

Resources available on the Internet seem infinite, and can overwhelm young students learning to navigate through them. This link is a great place to start exploring the responsibility that must be developed in our youth as they increase use of available online resources. A clear plan teaching Digital Citizenship is outlined. Essential questions include: What is a ‘digital citizen’? What are my rights and responsibilities as a Digital Citizen? What are the implications of digital citizenship in today’s world?

Videos and links to teach students about public domain, Creative Commons, cyberbullying, and the digital footprint are provided. Along with the videos are questions and activities you can start using with your students today in order to develop responsible digital citizens.

This is a great resource that can be modified for younger students, and used well beyond grade six. Read More…

4. Infographic: Student Access to Digital Learning Devices

This infographic helps illustrate the ‘digital divide’ for access to technology, and includes brief overviews of different funding models that school districts and states have implemented to bridge the gap. Read More…

5. Six Things to Teach Students About Social Media

We know our students use social media.  Even with age restrictions on Facebook, children as young as 8 somehow have a voice in social media. This article strives to teach educators the importance of teaching students the basics of social media and how it can affect their future.  Topics and resources include: managing your online reputation; protecting your privacy; benefits of staying connected well beyond high school; benefits of blogging and becoming citizens of an on-line community; and staying current on new trends.  It is essential for students to understand the positives and negatives associated with social media. Read More…

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Josie Nanfara-Grande is a Special Education Specialist who has been teaching in the TDSB for over thirteen years. She is passionate about increasing student engagement and independent learning skills through the use of digital technology.

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