Grades

    Digital behavior skills
    DonnaR/CA

    Another question....

    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?

    Donna