Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Digital Everything!

The DigiTeen video explained how teenagers all over the world can learn, share knowledge and inform others about the digital world. The video clips covered everything from teens making their own videos to talk about the dangers of shopping online to informative clips about the dangers of driving and texting to teens talking about what they learned. Students created wiki characters to interact with each other, interviewed classmates about what they had learned, and created videos to share information about how pictures are stolen online. The video not only taught me about some issues that I didn't know about but it also showed me a world where teens can exchange information. I think Digital Citizenship by Digital Teenagers is an awesome idea who's possibilities are endless!

I'm sad to say that I have never experienced anything like this personally. I feel both lucky and unlucky because the digital world can enhance education so much by presenting knowledge in tons of new ways but I'm also glad I didn't have to worry about things such as cyber bullying or online predators because by the time I had access to these things I was already pretty old. I think that being a digital citizen can teach children not only about academic subjects, but about dangers and advantages of learning online. It is important in today's world for students to be able to use technology not only for entertainment but to learn, explore, share and communicate with others. Digiteens can share so much and learn so much at the same time!

I hope to implement he ideas from this video into my own classroom as much as possible. This could be difficult since I will be working with very early aged students who probably won't have to knowledge to do most of the things that the students in the video did but technology can be implemented anywhere. I hope that I can teach my students at an early age that they can use the digital world to learn anything they want to know. I also want to teach them the correct ways to find information and how to be safe when doing anything online. I thought the video offered great ideas and insight into the world of technology and all the possibilities for today's teen.

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