31 October 2020

Questions from #UTedChat on October 28th - #DigCit Doesn't Have to be Scary

I have long been a fan of Twitter chats and most especially #UTedChat which happens every Wednesday @ 9pm Mountain Time during the school year and occasionally during the summer as well. While I haven't been as active a participant with my #UTedChat crew, I was lucky enough to moderate on Wednesday, October 28th on the topic of #DigCit Doesn't Have to be Scary. Now, I chose this topic for many reasons, but a couple included the fact that the chat happened right in the middle of Media Literacy Week and the week before was Digital Citizenship Week, so it made perfect sense to play into those ideas. There is another large reason I chose this particular topic because I have always felt very strongly about its importance for students (and adults) to better understand and practice. And as this year has been so wild and crazy, I felt it was a great topic since so many schools around the state of Utah, the USA, and even the world over was relying so much more on technology it just made sense. 

I am always amazed by the responses that come from the #UTedChat participants and this week's chat was even better. I walked away from the chat feeling that I had been through a multi-hour clinic on the importance of Digital Citizenship as well as gathering some excellent firsthand tips for better integrating it into my lessons and daily teaching life. You can read through the full Wakelet archive, thanks to Jared Covili (@Covili) for putting it together. But I wanted to include the full list of questions I used in the hope they can inspire you to take a few minutes to think about how you can more fully integrate Digital Citizenship ideas into your teaching life. 

I also wanted to include the full list of questions here so I could link to it for Episode 167 of the House of #EdTech podcast. I have been the substitute host for the show since Episode 164 when the host, creator, and friend, Chris Nesi needed to step away in an effort to help find some balance in his life with all of the new constrains the COVID-19 pandemic has placed upon the world and his family in particular. You can learn more about that specifically by watching his scope from the #PassTheScopeEDU event on Thursday, October 15th. While I haven't posted anything about this incredible opportunity here on the site yet (let's be honest, I haven't posted ANYTHING for a LONG TIME) I do plan to write up a bit more shortly. 

Enough of the backstory, on to the questions from the chat!

Oct 28, 2020 - #DigCit Doesn’t Have to be Scary

Q1 Digital Citizenship (#DigCit) is more than just a bunch of Dos and Don’ts, it’s SUPER important to understand. Define it in your own words.

Q2 Some act as if having kids online is the scariest thing to ever happen. Do you agree that it’s terrible or do you subscribe to the idea that kids can #UseTech4Good? Share some examples for either side. 

Q3 Teaching #DigCit doesn’t HAVE to be its own lesson (it can though). What are some of your favorite ways to bring #DigCit ideas into some of your other lessons? Or do you prefer separate lessons instead?  

Q4 No one is perfect, especially students (and educators) learning something new. How do you handle situations where there has been a display of negative or poor #DigCit in your class/school? Do you punish or make it a learning experience? Why? 

Q5 Have you ever had parents fight you on allowing their students to be on technology or against the idea of teaching #DigCit lessons? What did you (or would you) do? How did (or would) you work through that? 

Q6 How do you handle your own kids when it comes to teaching #DigCit at home? How early do you start? What kind of things do you do? 

The question/answers that particularly stood out to me most from the chat was Question 1 where teachers defined what Digital Citizenship meant to them in their own words. They were amazing! In fact, they were stood out to me so much I spend a chunk of time talking about them on Episode 167 of the House of #EdTech podcast. In fact, I pulled them out of the Wakelet chat archive and included them on a separate Google Doc so I could better read through them and really let them sink in. Feel free to do the same as I know they will inspire you and your understanding of Digital Citizenship.

I'd love it if you'd also take some time to think about how you personally would define Digital Citizenship and then let me know your definition. You can post your thoughts here as a comment on this post or share it on Twitter, Instagram, or anywhere else online, and be sure to tag me @lars3eb pretty much everywhere online. 

Thanks for sticking with me while I've taken a break from the site and I look forward to seeing where everything takes me in the future.

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