Educators and learners alike are increasingly involved in creating meaningful projects online. Most projects include visuals, but did you know that images are also intellectual property? Just because an image is on the internet, does not mean that it is free to use. It is still important to ascertain whether that visual information is protected... Continue Reading →

Walking the Good Path in Life: Digital Citizenship and The Seven Grandfather Teachings

From a First Nations perspective, you ‘Walk the Good Path’ when you demonstrate The Seven Grandfather Teachings. When you live your best life, you demonstrate Truth, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Respect, & Bravery. Now, this is true in our physical worlds, as it is in our virtual and digital worlds. We all have a responsibility to help... Continue Reading →

Recently, I was reminded of the importance of understanding childhood development, and how it applies to social media and digital citizenship. Our children, particularly our adolescents, are heavily engaged in social media during a crucial time of physical, emotional, and mental developmental changes. This translates to potential problems in these areas if they are disrupted... Continue Reading →

Publishing Student Work: Who owns the copyright?

Who owns the copyright of student work? Should teachers be allowed to publish student work without permission or informed consent? In elementary school, we teach information literacy skills and teach students to properly cite the images and works of others. Creative Commons and the Education Fair Use act allows students to use and cite the... Continue Reading →

Students Accessing Inappropriate Sites at School ?!?

  Since the dawn of internet being available in our schools, there have always been students accessing inappropriate sites at school. Up until recently, many school boards have imposed internet 'filters' to block inappropriate sites, and to prevent students from engaging in Social Media while at school. However, in this day in age, filters have... Continue Reading →

Edtech: Harnessing Student Voice and Promoting Equity

    Educational Technology can be used to promote equity in our learning spaces, harness student voice, and provide new avenues for students to cultivate their passions in life. Educators can choose to use this edtech meaningfully in our learning spaces. We can use it for purposes including connecting, creating, knowledge building, publishing, giving students... Continue Reading →

Social Media, Digital Citizenship, Critical Thinking

We all know that social media platforms hold large databases of our personal information. Even when we think we have deleted a post...it still exists with the companies. Even though we don't know what will happen with this data in the future, we need to engage in real critical inquiry about the ramifications for the... Continue Reading →

Kids Need to Know that Social Media Lasts Forever

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