Social Networking & Digital Citizenship

What have I learned that I was not previously aware of?

I definitely learned more on the criteria behind an education friendly social network.  Which is incredibly helpful when evaluating whether or not I want to invest time and money in a particular social network.  I specifically gained guiding questions that will aid in determining which social network is of the highest benefit, most student friendly, and safest for protecting student and teacher information. While I knew there were social networks dedicated specifically to education, it was wonderful to hear from fellow educators on the social networks they use daily.


What has been clarified?

I think the terms of educational social network and digital citizenship were clarified.  I also felt that the nine components to a quality digital citizenship policy was helpful.  I had not been exposed to the official categories of a digital citizenship policy. 

These components include:  

1. Digital Etiquette

2. Digital Communication

3. Digital Literacy

4. Digital Access

5. Digital Commerce

6. Digital Law

7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities

8. Digital Health and Wellness

9. Digital Security


What do I want to pursue to find out more?

I want to find out which social networks my new school district uses and what policies are in place for communicating them with parents.  I would also like to continue practicing with some of the social networks that come peer recommended.  For instance, the top social networks that have been listed in the discussions this week’s unit include: Edmodo, Classroom Dojo, Wiki Spaces Classroom, PB Works, Edline, Shutterfly, LinkedIn, Instagram, Prezi, YouTube, Edu Blog, and ScootPad.  I already have a Wiki on PB Works and have been trying Google’s free blogging site on my sister’s recommendation.   My sister, Deni, built her own blog on English as a Second Language.  I think that is another part I wish to pursue.  I want to look for teachers sharing information and techniques.  Some of the greatest ideas come from our peers and as expert educator, Harry Wong, says “beg, borrow, or steal ideas.”  


Is there any issue I should share with my colleagues? If so, how am I going to do that?

While I have not experienced an issues with educational social networks, I have definitely learned from other peoples experiences.  I will certainly keep an open mind about the use of social networks in the classroom, but feel that ultimately my school district and principal will set the tone for any integration.


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