For this week’s assignment we were told to find three different tweets that truly represented Digital Citizenship. I personally don’t know too much about Digital Citizenship and I’m curious to know how to implement technology into my future classroom.
This first tweet is about how Digital Learning is here to stay.
This tweet links to an article on the “top 8 reasons why digital learning is here to stay.” Their top 8 reasons are:
1. 21st Century Jobs
2. Common Core State Standards
3. Shifting Costs and Expectations
8. Endless Possibilities
I think the two points on this list that are most helpful and applicable to my future classroom would be “21st Century Jobs” and “customization”. The article claims that it is projected that “65% of today’s grade school kids will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet.” These future jobs will be most likely be extremely reliant on technology and the students of today must be prepared for the future careers of tomorrow. Along with “21st Century Jobs”, I also think the fact of “customization” is very beneficial for the use of technology. Textbooks can become outdated so quickly but technology can be updated every minute of every day. One of the most beneficial aspects of technology having the ability to be customized is that you can specify your classroom technology for each student in your class. Especially as a future special educator, I want each student to have the lessons adapted for their disability, their learning styles, and their ways of communicating. With digital textbooks, apps, and technological instruction, the concepts we teach can be individualized to meet the needs of each student.
This second tweet is about being creative in the digital classroom.
This tweet links to an article about new applications that can help students be creative in the classroom. One that I think is really cool is “Scratch.” Scratch is an application that anyone can create games, artworks, work on mathematical theories, narrate and illustrate a story, or write a song. It seems to be able to do just about anything! This application would be incredibly beneficial in any age classroom. I think while working on reading skills in my future special education classroom, I think it would be fun to have the students illustrate the story they are currently reading. This would be fun for them because they can utilize iPads and bring the picture-less story to life!
This last tweet is about how social media and technology help education.
As we all know, technology connects people from opposites of the world, including educators. This article talks about the benefits of educators getting involved in social media and how it can benefit the whole educational world. The article suggests to create a blog about your classroom and experiences. As a future teacher, I would love to read stories, tips, and lesson plans from experienced teachers. It would be a source of guidance and reassurance as I step into my first classroom. Another tip was to embrace social media. This is similar to writing a blog but instead of just writing for others to read, you can write for others to help you and answer your questions. Through social media, like twitter or facebook, you can find educational mentors that can guide you and help you through your teaching endeavors. Collaborating with fellow teachers and administrators can have such a positive impact on your classroom and your knowledge. As a future teacher, I definitely want to be in contact with my co-workers and fellow teachers around the world. I believe it can only do positive things to be involved responsibly on social media as a teacher and I plan to do it myself.