Response to NETS-T Standard #4

  • Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers (NETS-T #4)
  • Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:

a. advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

b. address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

c. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

d. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools

  • Teachers should know what is going on around them in public, community, and world.  It is important that teachers are aware of what is going on so he/she can answer any questions the children might have and also to use global issues as a teaching tool in the classroom.  It is also essential for the teacher to teach the children right from wrong in all areas, including copyright laws, documenting sources, etc.  The students should be allowed to use technology sources in a variety of ways in order to learn and further his/her education.  It is also necessary for the teacher to model proper etiquette to show the children how to be responsible learners when using technology.  Lastly, teachers have a duty of participating with colleagues and students so he/she can learn, develop, model, interconnect, and work together with a multi-cultural group of people.
  • My strength in this area is in addressing my student’s diverse needs using a variety of tools and resources.  I also communicate with my parents and colleagues using digital-age tools.
  • There are many weaknesses in this area because I have not taught my first graders any digital etiquette, their responsibilities, etc. when it comes to technology because I don’t use very much of it in the classroom.  We do not have much access to technology in my school; therefore, I have not spent time on teaching it.
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