In todays EDCI 568 class, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with nationally renowned lead educator on the topics of internet safety, privacy, and professionalism, Jesse Miller. He is the founder of Mediated Reality, which is an education company focusing on new media education for the different stakeholders in education.
One of the first things that he said, which I thought was very poignant, was ,
“it is detrimental, what we are doing to kids. When we compare our experience with technology with the access that students have now, is not fair” Jesse Miller (09/07/2019)
I think this is such an important message to convey to educators and other adults alike. Students only know what they are exposed to and we, as a people, have to learn how to cope with what we have been given. Therefore, we as adults need to share best practices on the topics of safety and privacy that we have learned in the process of technology development over the past decade.
In his presentation, Jesse presented the following ideas that educators need to focus on in 2019 in order to support students in their understanding of safety, privacy, and respectful use of technology. Under each heading, I have collated questions to consider and resources geared towards K-7 educators.
In 2019 we SHOULD focus on:
- Digital Identity
- Digital Rights
- Digital Literacy
- Use of Communication Networks – Social, Professional, Personal
- Information about Digital Footprints and what employers/post secondary institutions are looking for online
- Modeling respectful online practices (THINK before you post) *e.g. suggested Tweets to a classroom Twitter
- T – is it true?
- H – is it helpful?
- I – is it inspiring?
- N – is it necessary?
- K – is it kind?
- Security of Self
- Do students know how to deal with unknown people communicating with them? (e.g. reporting harassment)
- Do you know where all your information is stored? (e.g. passwords, sensitive information, etc.)
- Communications in networked spaces
- Do students know what is appropriate to share through email, texting, video chatting, social media
- Is there an agreement for certain spaces (e.g classroom, school, between colleagues, between boss and staff)
I found this image and thought it would be a great one to share with Gr 4+ students as they are spending more and more time on social media accounts – where a lot of them are image based.
Find poster here.