This week my blog post is going to be a focus on digital citizenship and the concerns that parents have with this. A lot of the time there will be people who do not agree with having social media within the classroom or to be using it at all in school.
The reality is that social media and our digital footprint are a huge part of our lives and will be for our students. In order for students to be using these technologies safely and responsibly, we need to be teaching them about the pros and cons and how to use them properly and appropriately. We must also teach students about the dangers of an online presence and what to do if something does not seem right. This kind of education is valuable in order to protect our children.
My partner Karlee Clark and I decided to do a fake conversation on the topic of Twitter in the classroom. Karlee was acting as a concerned parent and I was the classroom teacher. We wanted to demonstrate the way you could manage the concerns of parents in regards to social media in the classroom, in particular, twitter!
Here is the example that we came up with:
As you can see, we simply had the parent questioning and being concerned about Twitter in the classroom and the teacher just gave some resources as well as talked through the reasoning and benefits to using twitter in the classroom.
Some links that we used for this are:
There are so many benefits to having Twitter and other forms of social media in the classroom as long as they are taught thoroughly and properly. There may still be concerns from some parents. In these cases you just need to share the information that you have, explain that their child will have a private account and that there shouldn't be more distractions than they previously had because expectations are high and students know when they are able to use technology or not.
Overall, I believe that technology is a major part of our world and it is important to learn how to use it effectively in order to be a successful person.