This article uses the terms digital native and digital citizen to indicate transition from those of us who …… “run wild, using the Internet to (wittingly or unwittingly) plagiarize others’ work or bully peers using social media.” to the more respected digital citizens who according to National Educational Technology Standards for Students “practice safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and tools.”
Delighted to say that the natives in my third grade class are beginning to acquire the necessary skills for citizenship. Our first hurdle appeared just a few weeks ago when we started creating our “Preparation for a Disaster” using the brochure template from Pages. Within a 20-30 minutes I saw my beloved class using the necessary skills to select an image , drag it to their desktop and then insert it into their brochure. The following conversation is not verbatim, but pretty close…
Me: Is this yours? (Hovering over the child and pointing at the pilfered image)
S: Yup – I put it there.
M: So does that mean its yours and no one else can use it?
S: Eveyone can use it. +++ is and so is ******. It`s the internets.
CUE SOURCE/CITING LESOON AND OWNERSHIP MORALITY.Lesson led into HYPERLINKING (for those of you who do not know what a hyperlink is, please click here . Repeat until understood.)
Another wonderful lesson by yours truly…..well …. almost..but that`s another story.
So what are other elementary teachers doing in regard to acquiring the necessary digital citizenship for their students?
Another source of information online my students have come across is Wikipedia. They are still a little too young to grasp that not everything online is the truth. Often we encourage our children to check the quality of their information by visiting various web sites before formulating a conclusion.
Final thought…what about the digital immigrant? Those who cannot yet speak the language of the digital native? Obviously, my mum`s this.