I have been participating for the past 5 weeks in an online class, The Digitally Infused Teacher. I have learned so much in a short amount of time. The topic that has really made me pause and think is “Digital Citizenship”. In the past, I had not given a second thought to using and image, or going into a site like UEN and using content that I found for “free”. I did not give a second thought to citing my sources like I would in high school or college when a bibliography was a given.
For the start of the school year, I am going to create a twitter account for my FACS class. I am hoping to have my 8th graders post to this account photos and responses to questions outside of class. I am also going to have my 7th graders create a Tagxedo about themselves. I know for me these ideas are baby steps for me but I believe that this will enhance my curriculum and give me the opportunity to talk about being good digital citizens.
I have enjoyed the format of this class. I like the way the class gives me flexibility each week but still guidelines and a time frame for working. I hope to participate in more classes like this one. I have felt like a dinosaur in the digital world and now feel capable of implementing a few of the ideas into my own curriculum.