NETS-T Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:
a. advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources. b. address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources. c. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. d. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.
Summary: This standard guides teachers to use digital culture ethically to understand society issues in a global and local society in professional practices. Teachers should be advocates for safe and ethical approaches to technology. They should model the importance of copyright policies and how to appropriately document sources. Teachers need to incorporate learner-centered strategies and use appropriate resources to address the needs of all learners. They should promote responsibility and digital etiquette through social interactions. Teachers need to model cultural and global awareness by engaging in other cultures using communication and collaboration tools.
Strengths: My strengths in this area are my incorporation of VoiceThreads and computer access during center times. I have also incorporated this into my classroom through the use of United Streaming videos. These provide my students with the opportunity to see the world in a broader perspective.
Weaknesses: Many of these topics seem abstract to my kindergarten class. My weaknesses as a teacher in this area are my lack of engaging my students in engaging with students of other cultures through digital-age communication and collaboration tools. I hope to be able to do more of this with my class next year.