Part Two: Thinking About Your Thinking

How has your thinking about digital citizenship changed over the course of this class (for better and/or for worse)!
-This course has changed my thinking in one way: awareness. I never gave much thought into my digital use (besides editing what I say and make available online), but I am now more aware of my use. This course has also influenced my thoughts for a STEM course that I am preparing. It’s made me think of the world that my students are heading into and given me a little more confidence to approach unknown technological facets that were too scary for me to approach before. I truly believe this course has given me the confidence to explore coding and its applications (such as app creating and Arduino use) and bring it into the classroom.

What has come to seem more important? What has come to seem less?
-For me, I believe one of the more important facets of digital citizenship is digital literacy. I think this is one of the more important facets because future careers will be ones that require creativity and technological skills. Being able to have a basic level of digital competency will be absolutely vital.

What do you think of the whole idea of digital citizenship and how it relates to plain old citizenship?
-I think Heather Marie’s blog post made an excellent comparison between digital citizenship and citizenship. I honestly don’t think I could explain it any better. In her blog post, she compares civic duties found in typical citizenship with the duties found in digital citizenship. Some of the duties that she outlined was upholding customs/norms and providing accessibility to resources. One of the things that stood out to me is when Heather said “For instance, who or what governs the standards and expected behaviors [on the internet]?” At first, I could not think of an answer to this. However, after some weeks of time to reflect, for online comments that break norms, people tend to verbally oppose the comments, similar to offline life. Additionally, hackers and stalkers (online illegal activity) can be punished offline. So, it would appear that government and other digital citizens dictate these social norms and laws, similar to offline.

How does your current understanding of digital citizenship influence how you work and play?
-As I mentioned above, this course has influenced my thoughts for the STEM course that I am teaching this semester. Other than work, this course has not influenced any of my free time activities. I tend to prefer outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping—activities that typically take you places where it’s almost impossible to use online technology. The majority of my technology use is related to work, so that is the area of my life that this class has influenced the most.

Have any of your work routines or habits changed as a result of things you have learned?
-Neither my work routines nor my habits have changed as a result of what I’ve learned. I tried out the Bullet Journal for a while, but after a couple of weeks, I quit using it. I couldn’t seem to keep track of the journal—I kept losing it and would revert back to my paper scraps. I guess old habits die hard. I have been more aware of technology use and its applications, but it hasn’t been influential enough to up my computer time (plus I’ve been super busy and have had very limited internet access for the past 1.5 months). I have recently purchased tools to begin whiteboard screen casting, but work just started on August 10th, so I haven’t had the chance to use them yet.

How will you be a digital citizen (or if you don’t think you will, or can, be…why)?
-I will be, and am, a digital citizen. However, I am not a very involved one. I have a basic understanding of the digital citizenship elements, and practice digital etiquette, communication, commerce, literacy, and self-protection, but I believe I use technology so much (due to work and school) that my health is effected and do not promote or do any actions to enhance digital access. I do not reach out to the world (only my students) to share ideas and what I know, and I do not engage in enhancing the digital community or the world around me (outside my classroom). Therefore, I feel like I am a mediocre digital citizen at best. But hey, I wouldn’t have even known I was mediocre until I took this course! Haha. 🙂

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