What do you all teach for online/digital behavior skills?
In my classroom, there are 10 iPads, 5 iPods (when I bother
to charge them up) and 2 old desktop computers. Plus my own
teacher iPad and desktop, neither of which the students are
allowed to touch.
My students are instructed that they have to stay on a
particular app or website. I teach them how to get around
ads that pop up. If they change apps or websites, they lose
the digital privilege. They are taught to log on to an app
when needed, and how to log off, and how to stay under your
own log-on (and why). They *have* to use headphones, and
the only ones allowed to put the headphone jack in/take it
out of the iPad or computer, are adults. This has worked
for me for three years, and I've no real need to teach any
further online etiquette.
However, our K-12 district thinks otherwise. They want ALL
students to do this set of 3 lessons on some website. One
lesson covers cell phone etiquette. Well, my kinders don't
have cell phones and if they are using their parents' cell
phone, that should be up to their parents to teach. Another
lesson covers cyber-bullying. I'm not sure that this
applies to my kinders, either, as we aren't on any apps or
websites where students talk/write to each other.
The program they want us to use for this is Digital
Passport. Does anyone use this in kindergarten? Do you find
it effective or a waste of time?