On a personal note, I also enjoyed learning more about the app my teenagers use everyday- Snapchat. I learned about its history and even created this video “Digital Citizenship in a Snap” that teaches students how to use the Snapchat app responsibly. I even plan to share it as part of my parent workshop this summer.
In order to be a leader, it is important to know the rules of the tools. This digital citizenship has rounded off my experience with digital learning and how to use digital tools to make the world a better place. The nine elements helped me to discover the underlying issues related to digital citizenship and how no matter what is happening in this fast-paced digital world, those issues will mostly remain constant.
If I could change any of the activities for this course, it would be the number of assignments and their low point value. I worked really hard on my “Digital Citizenship in a Snap” video and it was only work about 12 points. That was very discouraging. It would have been great if there were fewer activities with more meaningful, relevant tasks. I didn’t like that in any given week I had the following assignments: a quiz, notes from the video, a journal reflection post, an essay, and two case studies to complete. That was not similar to the other COVA learning experiences that I’ve been accustomed to in this program.
I appreciated what I learned from the two main books Digital Citizenship in Schools and Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard. I am glad to have two videos I can use in my professional practice.