Teach students good digital citizenship

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

During my eight years as a teacher and education consultant, I have seen an acceleration in the digital shift in education. When I began in 2005 at age 23, it was at the beginning of Web 2.0. My students weren’t yet posting status updates on Facebook; nor were they tweeting, sharing videos or bringing smartphones to class.

Boy, were things about to change.

In my second year of teaching, I became the media teacher and was introduced (by a student, of course) to Facebook, founded only a few years before. I still remember the first time I logged on. I was ignorant of the etiquette of status writing and posting pictures, as well as privacy issues and how they could affect me later in my life. Like most of today’s first-time users, I made many mistakes. I didn’t know any better!

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