My head is so full of ideas and thoughts it is literally spinning and I don’t think it is because my time table won’t work out. Ok, maybe that is part of it, but it is mostly because I decided it would be a good idea to sign up for @DCMOOC. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great idea, but there is so much to think about.
On Monday I had the opportunity to list to Eric Sheninger, @NMHS_Principal talk about digital leadership. I had read Eric’s new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times at some point over the long winter and was very motivated by many parts of it, but especially about the idea of telling our own story. We have so many ways to craft our own message and get that positive message out to our stakeholders and communities. As I participated and listened to his bonus session on Digital Citizenship for Administrators he once again stressed the idea of telling our positive stories. As a school administrator it is my job to practice what I envision for our school and students. I cannot expect students to be good digital citizens, if I am not willing to model what that looks like for them. Leaders in our digital age need to share and be transparent.
Today I listened to another bonus session offered by Dean Shareski @shareski as he talked about how learning is social. Well of course it is! It is way past time for us to give up some of our control and trust our students to be in charge of some of their learning. We need to provide spaces for them to share and collaborate. Who knows? We might even be able to learn right along with them.
Digital citizenship is such a broad term with so many directions to go. Once again though, I feel that we should not separate the idea of good digital citizenship from good authentic learning any more than we should treat technology as it is a separate entity. It is all one thing after all. We would not want to teach without the vast opportunities for collaboration and sharing the web provides us, or at least I certainly wouldn’t. In order for me to take the best advantage of those opportunities and share with my students I need to practice existing in the digital world in an acceptable and well mannered way, just as I had to learn to be a good citizen in general.
The importance of us not necessarily “teaching” our students to be good digital citizens, but modeling and providing opportunities for them to do so should go without saying.