Have you faced challenges in bringing 21st-century tools into your school? Are your students prepared for an increasingly digital world? In our June webinar, Jeff Downing, an elementary computer specialist in California's Fremont Unified School District, shared valuable lessons he learned as he implemented a technology plan at his school site, including some "do's" and "don'ts" learned from incorporating digital citizenship throughout the curriculum.
16:35 -- "Do lower the barrier to use. What I try to do at the beginning of every year is train [students] on the technology they're going to be using in the classroom for a full month before we even use that technology in the classroom."
30:54 -- "Do teach digital citizenship by setting the example. If you’re in your classroom and your phone is ringing all the time and you're constantly being interrupted while you’re talking with the kids or teaching, or if you’re texting throughout the day or responding to emails right away, think about the examples you are setting."
40:37 -- "Do not assume every student has access to the Internet or a computer. This is a stat from 2013 from the U.S. Census Bureau." … "One in four of your students do [sic] not have access to the Internet when they leave school."
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