Thing 8 – Digital Citizenship

Filed Under (Things 8-14) by on December 3, 2014

1.  REP grouping (Respect, Educate, & Protect) describes the 9 themes of Digital Citizenship. Some of my personal strengths includes digital communication and digital law. Digital Communication is the electronic exchange of information. This means  that there are several communication options one can use to communicate and collaborate with anyone from anywhere and anytime. I had used e-mail for years and still use it to collaborate with my colleagues. I also use cell phones to communicate with friends and family and finally, I use Skype to speak and see my distant family who live in Greece. Digital Law is the electronic responsibility for actions and deeds. This is the unethical uses online such as hacking, downloading illegal music, plagiarizing, viruses, and sending spam. I personally understand the different between what is right and what is wrong. A weakness that I am not fully aware of is the Digital Health and Wellness. This is the physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world. This means users need to be taught that there are inherent dangers of technology. I know the basics of ruining your eyes or not developing a social life but do not know any statistics. I also never thought about teaching this concept with my students which now I will make it part of a lesson. Another weakness I have chosen to review and research on is Digital Etiquette. This is the electronic standards of conduct or procedure to teach everyone to become responsible digital citizens in this new society. Something new I have learned is that there is a difference between a bystander and an upstander. A bystander is someone who is present in unethical behavior online but does not participate while an upstander is  is a bystander who sees bad behavior and takes action to stop it. Taking the online etiquette quiz will help you realize where you fall. If you score a 10 or more, you are considered to have a strong cyber shield. If you score lower than a 10, it means you have a weak shield and should consider researching and taking the quiz over again. Finally I learned that netiquette means rules about the proper and polite way to communicate with other people when you are using the internet. All these concepts I have learned about will definitely be implemented into my classroom.

This is what my online bookmarking site looks like now with the added resources!

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2.   One specific area that I feel strongly about is cyber safety and cyber bullying. I have researched that 52%of students reported being cyber bullied. 33% of teens reported experiencing cyber threats online. 25% of teens reported being bullied repeatedly through their cell phones on the internet. This report was founded on the published on 5/7/2013.

*Some more resources about this concept is located on my Face of the Classroom webpage in the resources tab.

Cyber on Weebly

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3.    A classroom activity about plagiarism that I created dealt with a variety of different materials. I first asked the questions for students to paint a picture in their mind on a time when they have created something; whether it was a book report, a poster, a writing piece, etc. Then I asked the question, “What did you do to claim it was yours?” The answer I got was how they put their names on it. Afterwards I asked, “If you had “that something” you created in your hands and I took it, erased your name and put my name, and turned it in, how would you feel?” I got lots of comments back on how students would not be okay with that and how they would be upset or angry. This was an introduction that I created with my students. I then states how this is an example of plagiarism. I asked “Has anyone ever heard of the word plagiarism?” No one clearly knew what it meant. I then had students go onto and type in the word plagiarism. Students found the word and wrote down the definition. We had a short discussion. I then had students go onto to read the article quietly to themselves. Then I asked, “How did the author “cite” the page she wrote?” I explained what citing was and as a group went through examples of this from the article. To conclude the lesson, I showed students a short clip from Brain Pop Jr. ( This reinforced what plagiarism is. The second clip I showed was another Brain Pop Jr. called This reinforced how to cite other author’s writings. This lesson went very smoothly. Students were engaged in the different discussions. Students also enjoyed using different materials on the web to learn about this topic. This took two days to complete because some of the discussions were very in depth! Students responded to this lesson intensely and really understood the concepts. They stated how they would never plagiarize because the consequences are not worth it and how they will always cite other author’s writings!

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