a. Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.

Before I began this program digital citizenship has been a topic that that really interested me.  As a primary teacher, I know firsthand the amount of time and focus we spend on social skills such as how to interact with others, how to follow rules, and how to stay safe. These skills have always been centered on in-person interactions and experiences. However, today our students lead a significant amount of their social lives online. And the rules are different. The adults in our students’ homes didn’t grow up with this technology so they were never taught these skills and therefore have a hard time teaching these skills to their children.  As I wrote about in my Digital Readiness Project the responsibility is on us educators to give our students the tools they need to be successful and safe citizens in out digital world.  

As I wrote in my Digital Learning Mission Statement during the first quarter of this program I feel that of the greatest values of our digital world is that is brings people together and provides more equality regarding access to information.

“The internet has given us an opportunity to have a more connected and collaborative global community where we all benefit by utilizing the power, knowledge, and experiences that result from having more members. By working to provide access to devices and information for all citizens of our digital world, we can achieve one of ISTE’s digital citizenship standards which is to “model and promote diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents, and the larger community.”

ISTE coaching standards (retrieved December 11, 2017) http://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches