Consider what would be needed to create an ideal digital learning community. What would be needed to bring such a vision to fruition? What can one do to make an existing DLC more attractive to and welcoming for students and teachers?
Something student-driven with teacher supervision. Ideally, a place where students would be free to pursue their own interests and, in doing so, arrive at a true liberal arts education. Diving into science fiction feeds a hunger for scientific knowledge. Once you get to a certain point in science, you need math, so you go back and learn algebra, calculus, and trigonometry on your own. All because you saw the Millennium Falcon go through hyperspace one time on a movie screen. I’m not sure how or if this could be applied to special ed. Everything is so restricted there. I try to give students choices, but it just ends up backfiring. The kids get confused, refuse to do the work, I get frustrated, and they lose respect for me. A community would put less focus on me as a teacher. I could be more of a guide. Maybe get some respect. Or at least the illusion of it. That would be nice. To be in a classroom where most of the kids actually want to be there. Or at least pretend to. You know. They do their work. Maybe it isn’t perfect, but they do it. They ask for help. They’re not so beaten down by life and the system that they actually try to care a little bit.
I use Edutopia and Edmodo in the classroom. Edutopia is great because I’m able to find resources and also seek feedback and support from fellow teachers near and far.
My co-teacher and I use Edmodo to share PowerPoints and Prezis with students, as well as to provide a place for students and teachers to seek instant feedback and information from each other. Sadly, most of my resource students either don’t have computers or don’t bring them to class charged. We only have three desktops in the back, and they run very slowly. Also, it’s a struggle getting them to actually DO the lesson instead of logging on to a VPN and playing Superfighters.
As for the tagging part. Still no idea how I’m supposed to do that. You mean tagging this post? I can do that.
Side note: Has anyone else noticed how so many of these websites have the same layouts for their homepages? Are they all owned/created by the same company? It’s bizarre. Seriously, check it out. Edmodo, Symbaloo, Thrively. They all have the same design! Live-action photo of a happy kid overlaid with links for registration and sign-in. Contact info on the bottom, description and title of site off to the side. Maybe that’s just the fashion now?
Good digital citizens exemplify a number of positive character traits including:
Awareness means being alerted to the various forms of danger which exist in the digital world, including phishing and other types of email scams. It also means familiarizing oneself with copyright law and being mindful of using third-party media in a professional manner.
Conscientiousness refers to one’s behavior on social media. For example, conscientious digital citizens avoid flame wars, trolling, and other forms of online bullying. Digital citizens must also be aware of when and where to use humor, as oftentimes humor — and especially sarcasm — does not translate well in written form.
Good judgment refers to protecting one’s physical, social, and financial well-being while on the Internet, including remembering not to give out passwords and checking to make sure sites are secure before entering any type of credit card information. Exercising good judgment also includes knowing when to notify an adult or cease communication when the student suspects criminal or other dangerous behavior is taking place on social media.