#ISTE2016 – 4 Thoughts on Digital Citizenship

Ruha Benjamin describes overt racism and sexism on the web, Michelle Cordy describes the confrontational nature of “Disruption in the classroom”, and George Couros pleads for modeling positive social media practices because we have found ourselves in a position were the technical advances of  our age have drastically outpaced our societies ability to keep up.

I had my definition of digital citizenship challenged during all of these sessions and I’m not quite sure how to put it back together. But here’s were I’m going to start:

  1. Review technology that we are purchasing / promoting for cultural / racial / gender bias.
  2. Continue to put energy into cultivating classroom instruction that infuses technology, instead of disrupting classrooms which can cause confusion, anger, and resentment.
  3. Be more positive. Remember to celebrate in social media, not just share and complain.
  4. Model social media use for students, parents, staff, and the community, while not hiding the negatives. Instead show that positivity can overwhelm the negativity if given the chance.

It is a start…


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