Thursday, September 22, 2016

What We're Reading this Fall

Thanks for the wonderful participation in the summer eLearning book club. Hopefully you took away a few ways to start working on your own digital citizenship and some lessons to take into the classroom. I have sent out the PGPs to all participants. If you did not receive a message, you can email Meri at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

We will be starting the fall eLearning book club on Monday, October 3rd. We are reading Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased on Amazon. Please register for the book club at https://goo.gl/forms/cM9258MNxJ7uv8mG3. The book fall book club will cover ten weeks of virtual discussion. Up to 20 PGPs will be awarded to book club participants.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Digital Citizenship Conclusion

Thank you all for the wonderful participation in the summer book club. I will be sending PGPs out in the next week. Be sure you continue your conversations in the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice. And join in all of the activities surrounding Indiana's Digital Citizenship Week which began yesterday and learn about our other digital citizenship initiatives.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 7: Putting It All Together

It's the last week of the book club discussion so it's time to put it all together. Borrowing Susan's question at the end of chapter 7, what specific steps will you take as a result of reading this book to facilitate the implementation of a community-based digital citizenship program in your school or district? These may be big or small steps and they may just be in your classroom. 

Please have all comments posted by 5pm eastern on Monday, September 12th. Make sure you use this time to comment to posts or comments from each week. Also, if you didn't register or if you aren't sure whether or not you registered, please complete the registration form here. If you don't register I won't have your email address and I won't be able to send your PGPs.

Just a bit over a week to go until Indiana Digital Citizenship week. IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this important conversation.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 6: Educating Parents

Educating parents about digital citizenship is our topic this week. Are you already doing any digital citizenship work with your students' parents? If so, please share details with other participants. Or if you have any plans, share what you are going to do. What are some challenges that you face in educating your parents and how might you overcome those?

We have several opportunities for you to continue your work on digital citizenship. Next week's #INeLearn Twitter chat topic is Parents and Digital Citizenship: Recruiting Help from the Home, a perfect fit with our discussion this week. IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation.

We only have one chapter and week left in the summer book club. Beginning next Friday, September 2nd we will read and discuss chapter 7, "Putting It All Together, Building a Comprehensive Digital Citizenship Program."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 5: Educating Students

This week's chapter is all about educating students about digital citizenship. Susan opens this chapter saying, "Incorporating digital citizenship lessons organically into the fabric of daily lessons is probably the most effective approach...." Considering this, and assuming you have educated yourself in the different areas of digital citizenship, what can you do in your classroom to teach your students about digital citizenship. Think not only about the focused lessons you can do, but also how you model things like privacy, copyright, fair use, communication, safety.

IDOE encourages all schools to take part in the state digital citizenship week which provides a set of comprehensive lesson plans on big topics such as digital identity, cyberbullying and copyright issues. Also, if you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation.

One of our participants suggested that I share the blog posts on Fridays so you have the weekend to read and respond. Last week I posted on Saturday morning and many of you responded over the weekend, so apparently this is a good time for others. So feel free to respond over the weekend or during the week...or both! Whatever works best for you.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 6, Educating Parents.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 4: Educating Faculty and Staff

In the role you are in at your school or district, how can you help educate your fellow teachers and administrators about digital citizenship?

A few reminders. Be sure you register for the book club. If you would like PGPs for participating in this book club, we have to have your email address and we get that from your registration. If you aren't sure if you completed it already, just complete the form again. Make sure you are signed in to Google when you submit your comments. If you do not, your comments show up as from "unknown" and we don't know that you commented. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Community of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

Next week we will discuss chapter 5, "Educating Students." By the way, have you Googled yourself yet?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week 3: Demonstrating Leadership

This week we are reading and discussing chapter 3, "Demonstrating Leadership." Considering the seven steps Susan discussed in this chapter, how will you start the school year educating yourself about digital citizenship or modeling good digital citizenship?

Thank you for being such great book club participants! The discussions have been rich and hopefully you all are benefitting from them. Continue to support each other in the discussions, ask questions, and share your thoughts and ideas. If you have not joined the Digital Citizenship Communities of Practice, that is a great place to continue this conversation. Also, visit our website to learn more about Indiana's digital citizenship initiatives.

For next week we will read chapter 4, "Educating Faculty and Staff."