I want to improve teaching and learning in my work by collaborating with and supporting students to improve their digital literacy and citizenship skills. The students I’ve worked with use many forms of technology (laptops, social media, online forums, digital photography, presentation software, online games, etc.) in their programs and the guidelines for technology use only apply to behavior in the program since the programs are not necessarily focused on teaching digital literacy and citizenship. I also want to be able to support instructors (or teachers) who are using technology with students to be able to cultivate an awareness and practice of digital responsibility with their learners. With the rapid changes in technology and its use in our daily lives, students need to develop skills and attitudes that can help them decide how to use technology appropriately in various real-life situations. They need to be able to understand the impact of their technology use not just on others but also on themselves; and not just the impact they make but the implications of their actions, whether it will lead to positive or negative change or consequences. Rather than telling students what is appropriate use and enforcing rules, I want to be able to teach them skills and strategies to make those decisions for themselves based on the technology they use, their intent, and the context of the situation or environment.
Collaborating with others can help me understand how best to improve my skills and practice, what students expect and want or need from me as an instructor, and to identify effective and appropriate resources. I want to get better in my practice and I know that collaborating with others can help me to recognize my blind spots and areas of growth that I can improve upon. Modeling what I teach is important, but partnering with students can help me to understand how best to meet their needs as learners and as digital citizens. Participating in a peer learning network can also help me to learn about what other teachers use in their practice, what has worked for their students, and how I can build my knowledge and skills in similar ways.
Some resources that I have been exploring this week: