I think that bringing digital citizenship into the classroom is important. Technology is everywhere, and students will have access to it, whether or not it is allowed in the classroom. I think that classrooms are the perfect opportunity to address technology. By including technology into the classroom, teachers are giving students a safe place to learn new and innovative ways to use technology.
I think that a good way to start using technology in the classroom would be to teach students from a young age about the dangers that the cyber world can hold- without scaring them. Getting students to do learning computer games when they are young, and then slowly introducing them to researching or printing activities would give the younger grades a sense of how basic computers work. Having tablet or laptop activities for students would be another way to introduce technology into the classroom. As students get older they can learn programs such as Photoshop, 3D paint, or even website building. Also teaching basic computer skills such as Microsoft and typing.
This website had some creative ways to introduce or include technology in the classroom! I particularly liked the idea of creating a class webpage or doing game shows on PowerPoint. I have done jeopardy in class and really enjoyed how to engaged students.
In ‘Character Education for the Digital Age’ Ohler says “School is an excellent place to help kids become capable digital citizens who use technology not only effectively and creatively, but also responsibly and wisely. But we can only do that if we help them live one life, not two.” I think that this really speaks to the importance of teaching students how to be responsible with technology instead of how to live a double life.