A potential project for students (in this case the end user)
This project is designed for high school students who need arguably the most guidance with how to appropriately use technology. It encourages students to question their own posts and also put the power in their hands to advise their peers and a wider audience about what digital citizenship means.
This lesson would begin with students watching this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I47ltgfkkik
The power would then be given over to students to create their own PSA on the importance of digital citizenship. Students could use their phones, laptops, or borrow available flip cams from the library to record their video. These videos could involve live people, photos and videos from the internet, or any other medium that students come up with. The PSA must provide its audience with the dangers and implication of over sharing online.
DISCUSSION OF POSSIBILITIES
Just wanted to get a Google Doc started to share ideas. I am honestly I little confused about what we are supposed to be creating as a group for this unit…
But here’s a space to discuss.
Here are my thoughts on the readings/watchings for this unit…
The idea of digital citizenship is what really stuck out to me. I think that students often struggle with this and they are receiving mixed messages about what to share/not share from the media. Literally, there is a song out right now, Down in the DM, that encourages “Snap chatting that pu**y.” When you’re walking down the hallway and hear kids singing these lyrics, it’s pretty concerning! Especially at the high school level, students may be sharing things that will put them in compromised situations later on. The more education we can provide them on this topic, the better. Maybe we could create some sort of video message or social media blast that would reiterate the importance of digital citizenship. Maybe even making a parody of the original song with the same beat, but different lyrics!
What are your thoughts about digital citizenship?
It was also helpful for me to be reminded of the basics of communication. I recently became a social media liaison for the district at my school. Now more than ever, I need to be mindful about what language I am using and who will see what I post. I have access to post to the high school’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The quote, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” comes to mind!
What role do you think social media has in the classrooms of today?
I am in the same boat as you however I think you have an excellent idea for this unit. Ironically, the school district in which I work just put into effect a rule banning students from sexting etc… Teachers now have the authority to check anyone’s ipad if they suspect this type of behavior taking place. I agree with this because I know that many students take part in these activities. Once a child was bullied because a boy was showing all of his friends naked pictures of a girl that sent him x-rated pictures.
I think the role of social media in our classrooms are great given it is part of our world. However, when it is used in a negative light, it can become disturbing while taking away from academics.