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June 30, 2013
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ISTE 2013 Takeaways – Day 3

ISTE 2013 Day 3

Session 1

Tech That! Extending Student’s Digital Environment into the ClassroomRobert Craven and Rushton Hurley were

From Dr. Ruben Puentedura

From Dr. Ruben Puentedura

a dynamic duo. My biggest takeaway was an introduction to Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation,  Modification, Redefinition) model for technology integration, which makes visible the transition from technology as tool for enhancing learning to technology as a tool for transforming learning.

A great tip from Robert: Give your PD workshops at sites, targeted to what teachers at that site need.

A great reminder from Rushton: When students take their work to an authentic audience, they want to know if their work is “good.” When they publish solely for their teachers, they want to know if their work is “good enough.”

A great read: New Media Verizon Report – Tips on how to pull experiences students have outside of class into class.

Session 2

Digital Citizenship: A Crosswalk from Common Core to Core Curriculum I’m plugging my own session because any opportunity to co-present with my Digital ID co-curator Natalie Bernasconi is always an energizer and a privilege.  Having Common Sense Media’s Kelly Mendoza joining us was  icing on the cake.  And having Mike Ribble in the audience further validated the importance of weaving digital citizenship into the core curriculum.

Session 3

Advanced Searching for Inquiry Meets the Common Core – Project-Based Learning educator Mike Gorman and a IT director Anita Harris teamed for this session.

Takeaways:

  • “Search is research.”
  • A Google Advanced Search should be a basic search for students. Brilliant!
  • A few more search tools:
    • VisuWords.com – CCSS short research – Nural net of word associations.
    • Wordsift.com
    • wikipedia – great starter – take it into a Wordle * great idea for finding key words
    • answergarden.ch
    • www.text2mindmap.com
    • wolfram alpha – Find, for instance, nutritional value of a burger
    • www.sweetsearch.com – Human reviewed search engine for students.  Credible results – great starting point – check out biographies
    • Twurdy (too wordy) – color-coded – down to age 8
    • Google Custom Search  – why not involve students in creating it?
    • think-pair-share – Funny how this time-tested strategy works as well today as in the past – especially in PBL classrooms.
    • Twitter Advanced Search – How did I not know about advanced search feature, which does not require signing into Twitter. Could be a great way to bring more educators on board with the power of Twitter.

     

Birds of a Feather Session: Digital Citizenship

Good news! Thanks to the vision and commitment of Mike Ribble and Jason Ohler, ISTE may soon be adding a Digital Citizenship SIG (Special Interest Group). I loved being part of this high-energy group discussion. We brainstormed the SIG’s potential goals and projects, which included providing a forum for exchanging best practices, working with teacher prep programs to ensure that teachers are well-prepared for integrating digital citizenship into the curriculum; and creating a digital citizenship massive open online course (MOOC). And we even agreed on the Twitter name: @digcitsig.

Takeaways:

Digital citizenship:

  • Can’t be top down, can’t be taught in isolation, and can’t be tested; it should be crowd sourced
  • None of our online programs are evidence-based – we need to empower kids – not scare them. Discussion is key! (not just lessons).
  • In the time of Common Core, we need to provide digital environments to teach digital citizenship; otherwise, it’s like teaching swimming without a pool.

 

 

June 30, 2008
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Digital Citizenship in Schools: NETS*s Refresh

Mike Ribble, director of Technology from Manhattan-Ogden School District in Kansas, is starting his session on digital citizenship, using the NETS standard. His opening quote in from the movie “Full Disclosure” with the quote “May you live in interesting times.” Technology opens so many possibilities but also so many issues.

NETS*Standard 5 in-a-nutshell definition: “The norms appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” Full blown: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal ethical behavior.

Why is digital citizenship important? (Side trip into Michael Wesch’s video A Vision of Students Today. What are the issues?:

  • providing tools without explaining how to use them
  • between two generations – one that has watched the growth of technology and one that has not known a world without digital opportunities (Prensky)
  • Setting a foundation for the future

Key Questions for today’s session:

  • What are the issues related to Digital Citizenship?
    • digital access
    • digital commerce
    • digital communication
    • digital literacy
    • digital security
    • digital etiquette
    • digital rights and responsibilities
    • digital law
    • digital health and welfare
  • How are we going to deal with them?
    • to understand Digital Citizenship we need to be able to see all the parts (Peter Senge, 1990)
    • working with AUPs – how can we turn them from negative phrasing to positive? (Jordan School District, Jordan Utah video on students powering down for school). How do we make it clear to students what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate. Considering that first graders are showing up to school with cell phones, we have to start in kindergarten.
  • Digital law: the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use.
    • YouTube video of teacher hitting a student, taken by a student on a cell phone
  • Digital health and welfare: the elements of physical and psychological well-being related to digital technology use. Internet addiction problem is exploding. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to alcoholism.
  • Digital security (self-protection): the precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their network. Constant issue with kids finding proxy servers to tunnel on by the firewall.
  • Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. Everyone should have opportunity to be involved in a digital society.
  • Dgial Communication: electronic exchange of information. All users of digital technologies need to understand the rules and options when using digital communication (cell phones, blogs, wikis, RSS).
  • Digital etiquette: the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users. Students need to realize how their use of technology affects others.
  • Digital rights and responsibilities: the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology uers, and the behavioral expectations that come with them.
  • Digital literacy – the capability to use digital technology and knowing when and hwo to use it.
  • Digital commerce: the buying and selling of goods online.

So what do we do now? Where do we begin? Don’t attempt to teach them all at once. Work from the framework and work back out. IT departments and teaching and learning need to work together. State and federal need to coordinate where and how technology should be monitored.

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