Being a Good ‘Digital’ Citizen
Does your student Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Tweet, Skype, Facetime, use the internet for homework, or even participate in online gaming? Odds are that they are communicating or accessing information online every day. Some studies show that more than 80% of middle school students and more than 90% of high school students can access the internet with their phones. Additionally, digital and wireless technology has increased significantly in our schools as our education system continues to develop strategies for teaching and learning that are relevant to our students and communities. While access to our entire world is now possible, it is critical that we ensure that students are safe when using technology and understand how to navigate this digital world appropriately. Our schools continue to make an effort to teach students how to be good ‘Digital Citizens’.
What is Digital Citizenship? “Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what all technology users should know to use technology appropriately.” We need to intentionally teach and prepare students/technology users for a world in which so much of our communication and consumption of information is done through social media and online resources. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.
To better understand what your students are learning in Grants Pass School District, you can click on the following links to see lessons by grade levels: Kindergarten – Grade Two; Grade Three – Grade Five; Middle School; and High School