Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Edmodo and digital citizenship, part of Learning Edmodo.
- Technology provides many benefits to improving education for our students. But it can also provide risks. Ensuring that our students are educated on how to properly use technology is critical. Before diving into Edmodo I want to take a minute to talk about digital citizenship and how you can use Edmodo to help foster this with your students. So exactly what is digital citizenship? Well it basically refers to the code of conduct we should follow to be safe, responsible, and respectful users of the digital landscape. In an article on Time Magazine's website, they referenced a study showing that over 90% of hiring managers referenced social media when hiring employees.
And in a study by CareerBuilder.com, it was reported that 51% of employers who researched job candidates on social media, found content causing them to not hire a candidate. Including poor communication skills, unprofessional screen names, discriminatory comments, and badmouthing others. In many cases, once something has been published online, it cannot be removed and our students need to understand this. There's a lot of talk in our schools about getting our students college and career ready. But we can't do this if we fail to acknowledge the importance of our student's online presence.
So why is this video included on a course about Edmodo? Well I believe that Edmodo can help us educate students on the importance of digital citizenship. Edmodo is a social learning network that has a lot of similar features to the social media sites that your students are using. The difference is that it was created for use in K12 education and provides a ton of security for our students. Student activity on Edmodo isn't public and cannot be seen by the rest of the world. As teachers, we can use Edmodo as a great opportunity to continue the discussion about the importance of digital citizenship and creating a positive digital footprint.
On Edmodo's website there are a ton of resources that you can use to learn about and reinforce the importance of digital citizenship. Once you have your account set up, you'll be able to join different communities based on certain subject areas, topics, and publishers. One of the publisher communities is titled Digital Citizenship. I suggest that you write this down and after creating your account and learning more about Edmodo, join this community and check out the conversations that take place by educators around the world. And also the many resources provided to you by this community.
Right now on the screen, I'm on the Digital Citizenship community. And on the right you can see the discussion that's taking place. On the left sidebar, if I click on Collection? It will show me the resources that they provide. They include resources for elementary school students, all the way through high school students, and cover a variety of topics from digital identity, cyber bullying, information literacy, internet safety and security, and others. We must educate our students on the importance of digital citizenship.
Edmodo does have a feature that allows you to moderate all posts by your students. And maybe this is something that you feel you need to do early on. But in the long term, not only will this slow down the classroom discussion, and create a ton of busy work for you, but you'll also miss an opportunity to give students autonomy within a controlled environment, and ensure that they can handle it. Please be an advocate for this to your administrators, coworkers, and especially your students. Your students deserve it.
- Signing up for a teacher account
- Creating groups
- Communicating with notes and polls
- Collaborating with assignments, quizzes, and Edmodo Snapshot
- Storing resources in Edmodo's digital library
- Grading assignments
- Connecting with other educators and communities
- Purchasing apps
- Using Edmodo in flipped classrooms
- Using Edmodo as a student