Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Students on the Internet, part of Teacher Tips.
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Hello, educators, and welcome to another week of Teacher Tips. This week, we're starting a two-week series that is all about internet safety. Specifically, we will explore the ideas of teaching proper internet use to our students. We're not going to talk about schools filtering content or how to monitor student internet use, those are school and district actions, we're going to focus on student actions and attempt to answer the question, are your students internet savvy. Well, what do I mean by internet savvy? Lets take a look at a few questions I like to ask my students in order to determine if they're internet savvy.
For example, how can you determine if you are on a secure webpage before typing information? Or why is Wikipedia not considered a scholarly source? And one question that baffles most my students is: who can see your Facebook pictures, even if you have the highest security settings? Now before we dive into the teaching best practices of how we help our students become internet-savvy, let's first explore why our students need someone to help them on this process to being internet savvy. There's a lot of evolving learning tools inside of our school systems. In the past, we used to use textbooks and students would hand in written work.
Well now, in a lot of classrooms, we see iPads and computers being an integral part of the education. One-to-one iPad classrooms have grown exponentially around our nation. Well, because of these changing tools, we also see increased online learning. More and more students are being assessed online. They log into a web browser to take their tests. And learning management systems are becoming an integral part to classrooms around the nation, not just the university level but even in the K-12 level. And we see social media becoming a bigger role inside the classroom, where our students start to connect to communities that are outside of the classroom walls.
With students now having so much access to the internet, our students need to learn how to safely navigate the internet. Typically in the past, when it comes to internet safety concerns, our schools have been focused on one thing and that's inappropriate content. We see a lot of schools that have filters in place to keep students from accessing certain websites and from certain content appearing in search fields. However, there's a safety concern when it comes to social media. Our students are starting to post information both in school and out of school, that's accessed by other students and that can cause a lot of conflict. And cyber bullying is becoming a bigger part of the lives of students around the nation.
And there's also online addictions that our students need to be aware of. Even how much time they spend on their social media sites can become an addiction that blocks them from being productive in other areas of their life. And there's online predators out there. Our students are starting to communicate with an online or global community and that means there's more people that could potentially take advantage of them. Helping our students understand these various internet concerns can keep them safe as they navigate the internet. And beyond just safety, our students need to learn how to properly use the internet. For example, what does it look like to find scholarly content versus just searching in a Google field.
And our students should learn to access the credibility of the content they find. These two skills in particular will really help our students be successful as they move in to college. And our students should have some conversations about managing their online image. If they're posting information to Facebook or on Twitter or even Instagram, that could potentially be viewed by future employers. Having a conversation up front with our students can help them be aware of how their image can be managed online. And then also, communicating online is an important skill that students should learn. Now the common examples of theres are learning to not send all cap letters in an email, but students can also explore when it's appropriate to use shorthand such as txt for test as opposed to writing on the word text in a scholarly writing.
When it comes to teaching students how to be internet savvy, I've grouped all of these areas into this one objective: that students will safely navigate the internet by self-filtering content for quality, protecting themselves online, and communicating appropriately. In the next video, we'll go ahead and discuss in teacher best practices, for how we can make this objective a reality for our students.