I asked myself these questions before entering this class. I became aware of the topic a while back and often thought this topic didn’t refer to me or my teaching style.
What Is Digital Citizenship?
According to Tech Target, digital citizenship is “when a person responsibly uses and accesses technology to engage with their community.” They also say that “a good digital citizen uses technology to connect with other people, educate themselves, and create lasting relationships.”
After reading this definition, I began to see the similarities between the Seven Grandfather teachings and digital citizenship. The seven grandfathers are values that we live as Indigenous people, therefore helping me understand digital citizenship. I began to explore what it means to be a digital citizen, concluding that being a good citizen goes even further than being a responsible member of society. These similarities teach us that being a good citizen means adjusting to our environment, whether it be digital or reality. As I embark on this new learning journey, I plan to teach students about being active, contributing, and caring citizens in both worlds. The answer to my questions is in the learning process. I never thought I would need to learn about the tech world. I came to realize it’s about combining the two worlds so that we can learn together.