Knowing how to communicate effectively and in a timely manner is essential to the success of a digital learning platform. (Standard J) Teachers need to be able to provide equitable access to resources, materials, communication tools, and applications that allow participants to actively learn and succeed. With that in mind, all this needs to be carried out in ethical and responsible ways to ensure participants not only can learn in a safe digital space, but also contribute to the vitality and security of that platform. Part of creating a safe platform means vetting and providing reputable, reliable, and trustworthy resources.
Artifact | Reputable Digital Resources
While this is all important on the teacher end, it's just as important that the teacher is able to communicate expectations of safety and the utilization of trustworthy resources. This allows for thoughtful participation amongst members and fosters trust between the teacher and fellow participants.
It is also important for resources themselves to be used in a respectful and appropriate manner. Keeping the 4 pillars of fair use in mind, digital learning communities must attribute work when necessary and adhere to copyright laws. Keeping private information secure is paramount to maintaining a healthy experience. (Standard E)
Finally, as teachers and mentors, we need to advocate for ourselves and for users of the internet to find a balance between the digital world and the built environment We must be aware of our digital health. As the teacher, it is our job to promote academic success which can only be achieved through a balanced use of internet time and other activities off the virtual tech grid.
Artifact | Digital Safety for Students
The lessons that were most beneficial to me were how to communicate to students the importance of digital citizenship (Participate 3- Digital Resources & Netiquette) and the importance of creating a safe environment and promoting digital safety (Participate 4- Digital Safety & Security) with students. Taking this opportunity to research the resources available to do these two things has helped me be more prepared to lead students digitally. It's provided me insights into how to manage digital learning communities and educate students on how to be responsible digital participants.
I've embedded the 3 artifacts into this blog post as well.