To effectively teach with technology, educators must be able to set boundaries for appropriate use and help students take responsibility for their actions in the digital realm.
But in a world where technology changes faster than teachers can keep up, and students face different expectations for technology use at home than at school, many educators are struggling to develop a cohesive digital citizenship curriculum.
" "It's like having a teacher education program without teaching teachers how to manage a classroom," " said technology infusion and professional development coordinator LeeAnn Lindsey. " "You can't do all the pedagogical things in a classroom that you want to be able to do if you don't know how to manage a classroom.
" "Well, similarly with technology, we can teach teachers how to make learning engaging and effective using devices, but we really can only do that if the teachers and students have a foundation for using that technology responsibly so that we're keeping kids safe and we're keeping teachers safe." "
Below, Lindsey explains the three biggest challenges of teaching digital citizenship.
Nicole Krueger is ISTE's inbound content strategist and lead blogger for the ISTE Connects blog. A former journalist, she has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and professional blogger.