The Final Countdown…..

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The third and final element of Ribble’s Nine Elements of digital citizenship that I focused on for my final project was Digital Right’s and Responsibilities. This element was one of the hardest that I focused on because there was not as much information on the internet as as the other elements and as well a lot of the material focused on similar content that I have already taught to my students. Within Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools Digital Rights and Responsibilities is stated to be “‘the privileges and freedoms’ inherent in participation in digital society, as well as the expectations that come with them (25)”. Within the document it is said that students should be made aware of the responsible use policy (Digital policy), and their rights as a student online (posted in last blog). These are things that I have already taught or created in my classroom, so we reviewed these in detail before starting.

When starting into my new content I decided to start by focusing on communities as a whole. I wanted my students to understand that as citizens in our communities we have rights and responsibilities. We began by creating a list that compared the rights vs responsibilities of Canadians. By doing this it helped my students to understand the difference between rights and responsibilities, and shows that by being part of a community we inherent the rights and responsibilities of those communities.  This is no difference when part of the online community. I explained that although we may not be in constant contact with those that we communicate or share with online we must still be responsible members.  One of my students suggested that we should create a list of Rights and Responsibilities within our school (I thought that was great).  I gave them the rest of the period to search and create a personal list that we could bring together to create a classroom list.

This is what they came up with

Rights

  • To access technology
  • Be taught to use technology
  • Identify real news story or credible sources
  • To feel safe when online or social media
  • To post our opinion and ideas without getting stolen
  • To get help when someone is harassing or bullying us
  • communicate safely with friends online
  • Create material without it being stolen
  • To privacy

Responsibilities

  • Respect others opinions, beliefs and ideas online
  • Protect our own digital footprint
  • Protect others by not posting what they would not want you to post
  • Protect our privacy by keeping information that we do not want out (ex passwords)
  • Do not cyberbully or harass others
  • Respect others online in all aspects
  • Use the internet appropriately

After completing our classroom list the students were asked to create a powtoon presentation on the list that we created…this will be there first time using so it should be fun! I am hoping that these will be done this week so I can post them on here to let you guys see them. Overall this was a great experience for me and my students. It allowed us to understand what the expectations are for us online.

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