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Brendan Solomon

Digital Citizenship

posted Sep 7, 2016, 5:25 AM by Brendan Solomon   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 5:26 AM ]

As a fourth grade teacher, I am constantly looking for more and more ways in which I can provide digital access and resources for my students. One difficulty that is inherent in this is that students have the ability to access an infinite amount of content and regulating this can be difficult and often impossible. Because of this we as teachers in the 21st century need to build skills in our students to empower them to think in a responsible way when using technology and also have them feel as though they can make appropriate decisions about the content they are accessing. In my class I have used Common Sense Media's digital passport in the past and it seems to both excite the kids about important issues when accessing the internet and digital resources as well as teach these skills explicitly. The bottom line is that we will never be able to fully limit the students free will with technology so we need to instead teach the skills necessary so that they can get the most possible out of their experiences with technology.

Disrupting Learning? That's bad right?

posted Jun 1, 2016, 5:25 AM by Brendan Solomon

This video looks at ways we can "Disrupt Learning" and by that Holly discusses things we can change in our instruction to push students into becoming their own learners. My big takeaways from this video are that as educators we often push so hard to try to incorporate technology into our classrooms to enhance the content we teach. However Holly Clarks speaks to the fact that as educators we should be more focused on the curiosity and eagerness of our learners and simply provide them with technology as an outlet to explore and share this exploration. In my class I have a wide variety of learners and allowing them access to digital resources provides them with the power to explore whatever passions they have and lets them use their curiosity to fuel their learning. I am hoping to continue finding more ways I can have my students make their learning meaningful by taking it outside the classroom using technology. In addition I feel that as teachers we have many roadblocks to this happening. Every teacher strives to give their students the most applicable learning contexts possible, however, with assessments and reporting information necessary at every turn for targeted outcomes, it becomes a bigger and bigger chore.

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