PLN Activity 4_Part Two: What it means to be a citizen of the digital age

As technologies rapidly progressed and applied, it connects people from all over the world, it’s easier for us to have cultural exchange and business activities cross countries and regions. Moreover, teaching and learning is not limited by time, place and age anymore, we can learn whatever, whenever and wherever. Technologies do make great impact on our everyday life, especially for those kids who living in the technological era.

Pupils start learning IT when they’re in 3rd grade in elementary schools in Macau, most people may think that IT education is teaching students how to use some software for documentary work, creating class webpage, gaining skills to search information online and so on. By doing so, does it mean we are nurturing competent digital citizens in the 21st century? What should be stressed in order to achieve this goal?

As we know that, many problems were caused because of the inappropriate internet use, such as cyber bullying, stealing or causing damage to other people’s work, identity, or property online, hacking into others information, downloading illegal music, plagiarizing, creating destructive viruses and etc. From those examples we know that people may not know how to use technology appropriately and responsibly. Therefore, as teachers in this technological society, we are under obligation to develop and promote digital citizenship in school, students should be taught how to use of technology in an appropriate, responsible and legal manner. Therefore, guiding students to make good use of technology, try to avoid and diminish its potential drawbacks is the most urgent and significant issue of educational technology!

By discussing the “Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship” in class, it provides me a better understanding what and how should we do as so to prepare ourselves and students to be a competent digital citizen. Noted that these nine elements are crucial to all computer users, it should definitely be stressed by teachers in school, and moreover, I think parents should also know more about that because they play a significant role in family education. If teachers and parents can corporate to promote this concepts inside and outside classroom, it helps to monitor and guide our kids using technology appropriately and wisely. Digital citizenship is not a norm, but a series of action, which should be applied and carried out in the digital world!

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