As a teacher, how can I stay current with local and global societal issues and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in the classroom?
The technology world is continuing to develop and change at a rapid rate that directly influences the classrooms we teach in. Students engage with technology on a daily basis at home and at school. It is our job as educators to teach children safe and healthy practices regarding the use of technology and online identities. Teachers need to exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their practice and model this for students. Staying up to date with how technology is changing will help educators provide the most accurate information to students. Miller & Ribble describe the importance of collaboration to meet the issues technology can bring. “Educational leaders, faculty members, students, parents, and community members must work together to create workable solutions for the rapidly increasing problems related to appropriate use and digital citizenship.” (Miller & Ribble, 2012, p 144) Leaders will promote and model digital etiquette by relating online interactions to real life interactions and that the two are the same. Treating each other politely with kindness and respect in both venues is important to emphasize so students know the two are not so different and separate.
One of the members of my learning circle also addressed the importance of teacher modeling to students. Technology can be a distraction tool from learning if used improperly in the classroom. By teacher modeling, students can see how to use digital resources in class and any assignments related to technology. Students in this digital age have a lot of screen time both at home and school. Showing students the positive, educational uses for technology will allow them to effectively use their devices in the classroom helping them learn.
Northern Miller, T. & Ribble, M. (2012). Educational leadership in an online world: Connecting students to technology responsibly, safely, and ethically. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17: 1, 137-145.