Resources for Strengthening Awareness of Digital Citizenship
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, caregivers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of digital citizenship and encourages technology users to be responsible DIGItal citiZENS. The site shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and ways these issues relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviors. Students can explore games, films, and more. For example, they can view an award-winning film that helps to sensitize people to the hurt and pain that cyberbullying can cause. They can play the Digizen game to personalize and reinforce their learning about cyberbullying. Or they can explore social networking profiles to see if they can spot safe and unsafe choices. Students will also discover information and findings on the phenomenon of social networking, along with ways to use social networking sites and social media sites creatively and safely. Digizen’s social networking section provides tips for evaluating online resources, as well as helpful advice and ideas for promoting safe social networking. The section also shares examples of how social networks can and are being used in schools, at home, and on mobiles worldwide to support informal and formal learning.
Every district is on a journey. The incredible part of serving as a superintendent is having the privilege to help guide that journey based on what students need to be successful. When I came to Gunter ISD seven years ago, our students and staff were highly successful (test scores, extracurricular success, college-entry, etc.) yet our students, staff, and school community yearned for something more. At the same time, districts across the nation were launching technology initiatives, from BYOD to 1:1 with a multitude of devices. We were largely unable to journey down that path at the time due to a number of challenges. This shaped our journey immensely.
In addition to communicating with humans and machines, tomorrow's jobs will require employees to collaborate with their fellow co-workers, as well as the machines that will be working side by side with our employees. By offering high tech learning environments, we will ensure our students have the skills and comfort level to collaborate with both humans and robotics in the workplace.