One of the coolest things I get to do everyday is pop into classrooms and check out what students are learning. On a recent November afternoon, I had the pleasure of watching a co-taught lesson from Ms. Spohn, our 6th grade writing teacher, and Ms. Hohman, our digital teacher librarian. Students learned how to respond to blogs in a way that promoted good digital citizenship and left only a positive digital footprint.
What is a digital footprint? Here are some responses from 6th graders:
Student 1: I think it’s something that you leave behind.
Ms. Hohman: Where?
Student 1: Online.
Student 2: Even if you delete it, it will still be there.
Student 3: Whatever you do online doesn’t go away.
Student 4: You don’t want to be a cyberbully.Ms. Hohman: What happens when you’re 16 and apply for a job, say at Starbucks? What can the manager do?
Student 5: They can Google your name.
Student 6: Yea, and if something bad comes up, they won't hire you.
I think our students are off to a great start!
6th graders are commenting on my blog posts during a recent lesson on digital citizenship.