I looked at Chelsey Zibell’s and Heather Marie’s Where are You Now? assignment that discusses an initial understanding of digital citizenship. I was interested in seeing where everyone else started from and their initial ideas to see how they compared to mine.
Starting with Heather’s post, I saw that Heather had a much stronger starting point than I did, probably because she has taught civics. I like how she broke the post up into citizenship and then expanded upon that to digital citizenship. She really seemed to have a pretty solid understanding of the term before she even explored it in the next assignment. She even got details such as online civic duty. She also brought up a good point: who governs the norms? What entity creates them and enforces them? If none, does that mean that there are real expectations? I thought that was an interesting point, and something to think about.
Chelsey and I seemed to have similar initial ideas of what digital citizenship was. We both brought up being a citizen of an online world/community and conducting yourself within those situations in a particular way. Also, we both mention sharing ideas online as being part of digital citizenship. I think her idea of having roles is interesting. I didn’t really think of that initially. However, if we parallel it to a traditional concept of citizen (which has roles) it would make sense for one to think that an online citizen would have roles. I suppose online, you would have more freedom to have whatever role you wanted, instead of offline life where roles sometimes get placed upon you.
I looked at Carolyn Stice’s and Sarah Liben’s Get Productive assignment. I was surprised that all three of us decided to explore the Bullet Journal formatting. I have to say, Carolyn’s journal is amazing! I’ve always wanted a journal that was visually appealing, but I’m not very artistic, and drawing seems to take a lot of time and energy (for me). I’ve always wondered how people make their journals look so pretty, and when Carolyn stated that it was a stress relief, it made sense. I know lots of people who like drawing/painting/coloring for stress relief. It’s pretty cool that she incorporated that into her organizational tools. I also love that she tracks so many activities. I’ve tried tracking activities before, but it gets to a point where I feel overwhelmed at the amount of papers in front of me. Let’s just say, Carolyn’s journal(s) is what I aspire to have one day, but for now, it’s boring, simple lists for me.
One thing that I really related to with Sarah’s post is the idea of finding the right agenda. Finding calendars/agendas can be so difficult. Many of them have extra stuff that makes me feel overwhelmed. She mentioned that her ideal one had a blank square with enough space to write stuff. That’s why I created the To-Do Blocks that I showed in my post and designed my dry erase calendar the way I did. I like keeping it open but still organized.
Like I mentioned above, I find it interesting that all three of us were drawn to the Bullet Journal format instead of a computer/tablet/phone resource. Sarah mentioned that she prefers to write things down rather than typing them because she retains more. For me, there is a satisfaction that comes from hand writing, and I would agree with Sarah that I retain information better when I hand write it (something to reflect on in terms of classroom practices with note taking 🙂 ).