A Journey Through Technology

Final Reflection

on May 5, 2018

I think high school teachers assume that by the time students get to us, they should have an understanding of how to properly use technology. We assume that students learn this at home, in other classes, and just by using the technology, but we need to be taking a more active role in how our students learn about and properly use their technologies. My plan is the beginning of my efforts to incorporate Digital Citizenship into my classes.

At the beginning of this course, I thought that there was not going to be an easy way to incorporate Digital Citizenship into my chemistry classes. After spending time exploring the components of Digital Citizenship and the ways that it can be taught, I started to see many different applications for my classes. The main issue that I have encountered with my students is their lack of knowledge on properly citing sources and using sources in general. Hopefully as I work with students on this, and other Digital Citizenship issues, I can work together with other teachers at my school to expand the courses in which we teach students about Digital Citizenship. I am also hoping to help design a Digital Citizenship class for all high schools to use in the district.

This class has made me a lot more aware of my Digital Citizenship, and the things that I need to work on, as well. I now see the importance of parents taking an active role in educating their children in proper Digital Citizenship, and with a four year old, my role is not going to be limited to just that of a classroom teacher. I hope that through my school, and even my district, we can educate parents on proper Digital Citizenship so that students are being exposed to the ideas at home as well as at school.

In chemistry, the elements of Digital Citizenship that are most applicable are Digital Rights and Responsibilities, citing sources and not using technology for cheating, and Digital Communication, using technology to communicate. These will be easiest to incorporate because they are issues I need to address at the beginning of the year. The other seven components aren’t as easily connected to chemistry, but by using mini-lessons each week to introduce them, and revisiting throughout the year, I think that integrating Digital Citizenship into my classroom will not be as hard as I first thought.

I look forward to the future of Digital Citizenship in my classroom and I hope that I can help students see the importance of being better digital citizens in our technology-driven world.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: