Education for Digital Citizenship

Before talking about this in class  I was not that familiar with what a digital citizenship was or what this meant for our society. I have greatly appreciated learning about this and realised the importance of educating students on what a digital identity is and the implications that this can have on not only their lives but the people around them as well. Some words that came up when we were introduced to DC are represented using a Menti Meter poll that we did in class and I think that they are important to look at when considering what digital citizenship looks like.

Digital citizenship is actually mandated in the curriculum which alone signifies the importance of bringing light to this in the classroom. The idea of DC came from cyber safety. The internet is really moving away from a shared concept to a private one. When I was growing up with the internet, we had one computer that had dial-up and it was in a very open part of our house, so whatever I was doing and seeing was monitored and shared with whoever was walking by. This reinforced the idea that I would not be getting into anything inappropriate. However, there is a huge shift in the way that children can use the internet and the access they have. There are many devices being seen in households and more often than not, the children have access to a device in their bedroom where they have a very private viewing of the internet. A lot of the time the amount of use is not monitored and they can spend as little or as much time as they want engaging with the internet and even use sites that continually film them and anybody can go on and watch! That is scaaaary. With more of this private use happening in homes, it is critical that our student s know how to safely and properly use the internet and how to build up their digital identity. Personally, I would have loved to be educated on technology and think that it would have benefited me and DigitalCitizenship.jpgmy learning a great deal. There are nine components to DC that include: etiquette, literacy, access, security, health and wellness, commerce, communication, rights and responsibilities and law and fall under three categories of protect, respect and educate. This great article outlines each element and the implications it has on users and society! Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. Another great read and where I took this picture from is this  Engaged Digital Citizenship  article.


The Educational Leadership article puts forward the question of: Should we teach students to have ‘one life’ or two? I definitely think that students need to realise that their digital world is also their REAL world. What they put onto the internet is impacting the way that people view them and can even affect their jobs later on in life. These are big deal things and often times people do not think about what they are putting onto the internet or how it will affect them because of the easy assess the internet provides, especially with apps like Snapchat and Instagram. “The “two lives” perspective says that our stu8138886_origdents should live a traditional, digitally unplugged life at school and a second, digitally infused life outside school” (Jason Ohler). I personally do not want my students coming into the classroom thinking that technology can no longer be used because they are in their ‘second world’. Sure, there is always a time and place for technology and students will not be able to just browse whatever site they would like during class but this goes back to learning about digital citizenship and the respect that goes along with it.


I want my students to embrace technology and feel comfortable to explore with it because there is an ENDLESS amount of opportunities that technology provides and I do not want their experiences with it to be limited like mine were. I am still uncomfortable at times with technology because I do not always have that background information and easily become frustrated when things are not working. I always embrace my mistakes in the classroom and when I am unsure about something I let my students know and we figure it out together. These ideas go back to my teaching philosophy and creating an open learning environment for my students. When students know how to safely use technology and aware that what they put out there affects other people, they will be ready to start exploring new applications and incorporate this freely into their assignments and learning. I think that a great way to start going about teaching digital citizenship is modelling this yourself as the teacher and incorporating it into not just one unit or subject but facilitate this in a cross-curricular way. Making the learning relevant to them and their lives will be very beneficial, this can be done by incorporating videos and articles around news reports and keeping everything current and up to date.

I love the idea of having my students facilitate some of their own learning and having that supported with technology whether it be creating YouTube videos, planning polls, creating online games etc. This lets students be creative with their learning and make it meaningful to their lives which created lifelong learners and what educator doesn’t dream of instilling lifelong education into their students?



Setting up a budget

I have been doing some research on how to set up a budget and I really like this 10 Steps to Starting a Budget article that I found! It outlines steps to take when starting to create a budget and it is very easy to follow! I have learnt that the most important steps to take when creating a budget are to figure out how much income you are bringing in each month and when these pay days are, what important bills need to be payed first and which pay cheque it should go with, how much you need for groceries and lastly, planning out ‘the little things’ budget like toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, make-up, hair products etc.

Luckily, I have accumulated a lot of the ‘little’ things, so I do not have to budget for shampoo/conditioner, tooth paste, shower gel, lotion, toilet paper, hair products, ink etc. for quite some time. My only bills or expenses are my:

-school expenses: tuition, books, ink, day planner (these are all already paid for)

-utilities: power, heat, water and internet

-groceries: I just stocked up on some essential items that will last me about two weeks and I spent around $60, so I am going to allow $120 per month on groceries as a start and revisit this after my first month to see if I can reduce this further

-‘for fun’ expenses: I am going to limit one-two of these per month for no more than $50

Jordan Page has some great calendars and goal setting sheets on her blog that I am going to use to stay accountable! I am going to make 1-2 goals per month and track my progress on them. fcf-budget-placeholder-683x1024Focus on Financing Goal Sheet

January-calendar-watermark.jpgJanuary Finance Calendar

Pre-Intern Lesson Plans

I have been placed at Davin elementary for my pre-intern block and it has been a great experience so far! Here are some of my favorite lessons 🙂

Pre-Intern Lesson #4: This health lesson is focused on street safety and the importance of knowing the safety precautions to take when crossing the street. This lesson was very interactive and the students were engaged and learning the whole time! My cooperating teacher suggested that I take the students outside in our pre-conference so I altered my lesson and after playing our red light-green light game we went out to their cross-walk where I finished up the lesson. It was reinforcing for the students to have the visual as we were discussing and this lesson was very successful!

Pre-Intern Lesson #6: This math lesson is focused on estimation. The students really enjoyed hands-on portion of this lesson. They got a basket of counters and practised their estimation skills when grouping in tens, counted the actual number and switched with another group to do the same process. I truly believe that hands-on learning helps students to be effective learners, so I loved that aspect of this lesson.

Pre-Intern Lesson #8: