This is a professional development blog for Nottingham Elementary. We'll be discussing books we have read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
I completely understand how social media is a slippery slope. While most students must be 13 years old to even have social media accounts, we know that students still engaged in social media, even with their parents permission. Teachers find themselves on a slippery slope because of our code of ethics. We definitely shouldn't be adding are students as friends on social media as that is a Code of Ethics violation. So what do we do to safely help students to use social media? I agree with the author about it being a greater service to teach students how to use social media safely and appropriately (Kindle location 1360). What we should do is digital citizenship and Online safety. I personally go through the Professor Garfield lab. It has engaging videos, multiple choice questions, and drag & drop options for students. It also has a narrative story of how what they do affects others. I also use the BrainPOP videos as well but I feel the Professor Garfield speaks well to my third graders. This leads to better discussions online through our academic plaforms itslearning.
I agree we need to make sure they kids are smart and safe when dealing with social media. We have to hope for the best and hope the students are being smart. I love your idea Annie about exposing them to all the online safety programs and sites they have out there.
I agree with Annie Mitchell's response regarding social media and students on June 16th. It's like Panora's box. All kinds of things will come out, but in that, also good things come out. As teachers, it's important to teach students how to use social media in a positive way. If you teach to use it in appropriate ways, " students can grasp the importance of social media as a tool that should be used and respected. " Page 79.
I can help students learn how to use social media safely by digital citizenship courses, but more by using social media safely in a structured format, so there is room to fail safely. I love Edmodo where my setting is that I receive an email immediately when a student posts. I can reply to the email quickly or delete it if necessary. I have only had to delete after multiple silliness, not serious misconduct. On page 78 the author writes: The OMGs, LOLs, and duck-faced selfies do not impress prospective employers or school administrators. Most of the students learn to identify an inappropriate posting by mid year. One parent even came to conference saying he saw his son's Edmodo account and the responses other students gave him. He realized his son had difficulty socially online. He son did adjust his style slightly, and now he is ready to be handed over to Ms. Mitchell and company for his next lessons.
@Annie, I will have to find out about Professor Garfield lab, but will resist using it so it is a fresh resource for the following year. Thanks for sharing. I do use BrainPop and the resource given us by Safe Schools.
We have to make sure the students know how serious and dangerous social media is. It's important for them to know what is put online can be deleted, but it's never really gone. They know first hand how easy it is to lie when creating an account and being somebody they don't say they are because they lie about their age just to get the account open. I like how on page 88 and 89 they talk about being responsible and taking pride in their digital brand. It gave an example of Ben and how he talked poorly/angrily about his sport teams when they had a bad season. He knew it was wrong and he went back and tried to make amends for what he said. He took responsibility for his remarks and tried to make it better. We definitely need to teach the student that it's important to think before they place anything online. We have to give them the tools and examples of what is right and wrong.
@Mrs. Breidenthal. While we should to show how social media is serious and maybe dangerous, we are tasked to show how empowering it is for them. It creates opportunities that were once unimaginable.
Social media is dangerous. That's what makes them powerful. Therefore it's even more vital that as educators, we need and must teach them to use it appropriately. That it is a means to gain knowledge, and therefore must be respected. Knowdlge is power and with it carries responsibilities. When we start our study on common sense media unit, we start with BrainPOP and it's appropriate use for the internet, blogs and other social media. We then act out scenarios in dealing with situations that causes inappropriateness and how to handle them. It' fun for the kids to role play but they also learn to remember the phrases Andes it being played out. Kids also create reason why the internet is there for us and what it's useful purpose for us as learners are. We role play scenarios that demonstrate what being respectful and showing etiquette means in terms of using the internet. Page 79 and 80. I paraphrase to the students what Don says " Treat yourself like a professional online, everyone else will." Page 81.