Transforming learning through global collaboration
During the past week I have spent time thinking on the topic of what it means to be a digital citizen, and how I can help my students on their journey to becoming a digital citizen. I have come to realize that the first step to helping my students become digital citizens is to check in with what they are saying online.
A Classroom monitoring portal (CMP) is a great way to keep track of what students are doing during an online project. At this moment in time, I do not have a class participating in an online project. In order to get practice building and monitoring a CMP, I created one to keep track of what happens in this course. I was able to use netvibes to do this:
This allows me to keep up on blog posts, Ning Discussions, and Twitter posts. This allows me to make sure that I don't miss anything important. When I use this with my students I can also include wiki edits and research.
The second thought that I had and shared with Julie Balen was that our students may need support in order to become reverse mentors to others about digital citizenship. We had discussed that very few of our students are ready at this point to reverse mentor, and that may be because we don't know what tools they are using and they don't know what tools we are using.
Julie had a great idea - we ask our students to google themselves to find out what our digital footprint is. We can discuss what sites they are using and what the privacy settings are. This can bring awareness about privacy settings and our use of social media. I think once we also show our students social tools in education (i.e. Diigo, Prezi, Edmodo, etc.) they will be more prepared to share their knowledge with those in an older generation. I also am curious to know if they are using tools I don't even know about yet...
I truly think that in order for my students to become mentors and to become comfortable with the idea of being a digital citizen, they need to become aware of their digital footprint and the individual, social, cultural, and global implications of sharing and collaborating online. It is my responsibility as an educator to give them the tools they need. I also need to have the proper tools - I have looked at the Common Sense Media website, and will definitely be using the resources to prepare my students for their online life.
I hope that I can help my students on their journey to digital citizenship so that they can mentor others in the future.