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Things Every Teacher Should Know About Digital Citizenship

by Vicki Davis
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Picking the wrong technology tool can unleash a nightmare. Don't think it can't happen to you. what every teacher should know about

If you look over the shoulder of one of Gord Holden's 10,000 students,  it looks like they are playing a video game. They are not. They are learning. They are safe, too. Let's dig into Gord's three things about digital citizenship that every teacher should know.

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Show Notes – Things Every Teacher Should Know about Digital Citizenship:

  • A simple explanation to parents about Internet safety.
  • Why some online spaces are like “Lord of the Flies” and what to do about it.
  • How to use 3D worlds to help autistic spectrum students interact in real life.
  • Teaching French, Science, and Democracy in a 3D world. (great stories!)
  • Nightmare things that have happened when teachers pick the wrong tool! (Oh my!)

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About Gord Holden

Gord Holden @GordHolden has been working in education for 35 years, beginning with using early Apples with Special Education students. He was recruited by Heritage Christian Online School 5 years ago to be the founder and Director of their Immersive Technology (IMT) Department. IMT currently has 12 staff and close to 200 students participating.

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Caitlan Nimick June 22, 2016 - 3:48 pm

This is great information for all teachers or inspiring teachers. You need to be informed on everything the internet has to offer before you introduce technology to your students. This was very helpful!

Annie Gorenstein Falkenberg January 23, 2018 - 10:38 pm

I enjoyed listening to this segment. With thousands of tools that we can use with students choosing the best ones can be an incredibly daunting task–especially with how much the internet changes every day (as you discussed). Thank you!


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