💬 Expecting appropriate student behavior online

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Instead, think about what the underlying behaviour expectations are in classrooms and in schools? Then ask, how do these same expectations look online? The idea here is that digital citizenship is just citizenship. Digital spaces might be new frontiers for some educators and students, but they are frontiers in classroom learning spaces that have been around for a very long time. If we know how we want students to act in our classrooms, we also know how we want them to act in their digital classrooms.

I like that saying Dave, about ‘laws create outlaws’. I really enjoyed blogging in the classroom and found it offered up many learning opportunities just through the process of learning. For me, this rush to online learning has highlighted the need to support students around such spaces, something I have advocated for before:

Creating a digital sandpit is a step towards that in that it provides the means for a safer and more supportive environment. Whether it be knowing what to share or how to protect themselves online, we need to consciously teach our students best practise when it comes to participating on the web. We need to develop the deliberate practice of students regularly sharing their work and ideas in collaborative spaces.

Interestingly, I was left wondering by a comment that Bianca Hewes’ made in a post on project based learning online. She spoke about continuing some of the habits and practices in a different format. When we talk about transforming education, one opportunity we currently have is to stop and reflect to identify what we may have missed within our pre-pandemic practices?

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