Shouldn’t students be focused on math, science and reading? How can you take class time to teach a fuzzy concept like digital citizenship?
Lest you have any concern over time spent focused on the digital literacy, rights and responsibility, take a look at the following blog comment received today:
Dear Mr. De Haan,
We love the post with the interview of Mrs. Yollis. Mrs. Yollis is capable of many things, and she teaches us most of them. She is an enthusiastic, passionate teacher who is very interested in how kids learn.
One of the reasons that we love Mrs. Yollis is because she teaches us a lot of blogging skills including these things:
1. Give attribution if you use someone’s work. Be sure you have their permission!
2. Read through the recent comments so you don’t repeat what someone else just said.
3. Proofread your comments before publishing so people will understand what you mean.
4. She taught us how to read the post before writing the comment, so your comment is not out-of-the-blue or off-topic.
5. Never publish a comment that is not checked by a parent.
We have done so many different things that we did not do in second grade like blogging on the computer. We used to just use a paper and pencil instead of the Internet or Word.
We love Mrs. Yollis so much!
Lindsay, Grace, and Iman
P.S. We did this comment in Word, and our readability statistic was 6.3.
As an educator, I have to take a moment to study this writing…
Proofed for spelling
Correct & varied punctuation
Bonus points – readability testing, ordered list, correct capitalization of the word “Internet.”
Points deducted – calling me “Mr.”
Overall, I’d give it about an A++++++++, not that these students need a letter to validate the work they are doing.
Oh, did I mention that these students ARE IN THE THIRD GRADE? The awareness of digital etiquette is exemplary, the comment is informed and provides added value to the original post. They even go as far as to practice the steps they outline.
Thank you Lindsay, Grace and Iman. Your insightful and personal comment reflects the best of online communities and digital communication.