Digital Citizenship is way more than online safety.
From Early Year to 12th Grade graduates, I am involved in digital citizenship, and I work with programme coordinators, teachers and student support teams to plan (and deliver) content to ensure students are well prepared with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to navigate the complexities and intricacies of the online, digital world.
Some of the ways we can do this:
I am a massive proponent of using technology as a platform to connect with communities beyond our own schools. I started PYP ConnectEd as a way to connect schools, however near or far they are. We have connected young learners and teachers -- from Tokyo to Texas and Hanoi to Hawaii. I believe technology is a global mic, and we can all have a go at karaoke. If you have an idea and want to get others connected with an upcoming project, give me a shout.
While we often hear about, and in some cases, we might experience the downside and negative aspects of being online and connected through social media, there is little doubt that "the public Internet" is a good place, and as educators, we want to keep it this way. One such method is a sustained effort to show off the good. The positivity. The high energy of student-initiated action. I would love to see some examples from you -- connect with me on social channels and tag me.
A goal of curriculum planning is to provide our learners with opportunities for sustainable action and agency. We want our learners to have a voice! We need to encourage them to speak powerfully and passionately about the issues that matter most to them. We see it coming through when we see digital signage is used to communicate across our campus, and we hear it when we listen to the way they ask, pause for thought, and answer questions.
I would love to hear from you and learn how you and your school is committed to teaching and modelling digital citizenship.
Drop me a note!