Hello everyone, I wanted to share a little about my journey into digital citizenship through EC&I 832. I began the class with some anxiety as I stepped out of my comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Although I pushed hard to get into the course, I was like the person below in the picture, feeling overwhelmed, confused, and unsure if this course was for me. I have since learned what it takes to be a Digital Citizen. I have never felt that I left a digital footprint online; however, after taking this course and reading the readings, I realized that my online presence also affects my actual life actions.
As I began the course, I thought about dropping the class. I kept telling myself that I had a few days to think about it. I checked into discord, read some posts, and started to ask questions. I received some encouragement from my wife, which made me feel better. I stayed in the class as I saw similarities between the nine elements of digital citizenship and the Indigenous ways of knowing, particularly the seven grandfather teachings. I began to feel some comfort in knowing that the nine elements of digital citizenship were protocols that one must follow online. I stopped posting quotes on Facebook for fear of getting into trouble. In nêhiyawêwin (cree), there is a word that comes to mind it translates never to give up āhkameyimo
We are nearing the completion of the course, and I am getting more comfortable with becoming a digital citizen. I am now up for the challenge and even went as far as self-proclaiming myself as an informed digital citizen. The things I have learned in this course make me feel better suited for the digital world. I have a long way to go before becoming a wizard, but I feel more confident in my abilities.
I used the pictures as metaphors for my digital journey.
Now that you have heard about my journey this semester, here is a video to talk more about the process: video to follow