In class last week, I really got to thinking about how we never are really taught in high school how to use the internet for good. We are just told that it is a bad thing and it is locked away from us, but why does it have to be a bad thing? We connect every day with people from other towns, states, and countries via the world wide web and we have a responsibility to leave a positive digital footprint on the internet. I want to teach my future students how to use the internet for positive ways to make good connections while using the web.
I know I constantly go back about how great blogging is for something like this, but come on, who can argue that it isn’t? I absolutely love reading my fellow student’s blogs and seeing them develop professionally as they do it. I feel like your blog is kind of like your online resume. Imagine if a principal of a school, or even another teacher, started following a teaching student’s blog and they thought wow, this is the kind of person we need in our staff. Or even if a future employer Googles your name and your blog comes up and they see just how professional and dedicated to your job you are! I think that it is important to make connections on the internet and it is important to learn how to make a positive persona for yourself online.
I will be teaching mostly high school students when I get out into my career field, but I don’t think that it is a bad idea to start teaching students as young maybe even sixth grade. Internet awareness before they really start getting into social networking is key. If we try teaching people the bad aspects of posting online and what can happen if you aren’t careful after they have already done it, it is kind of like closing the barn door after the horse gets out. If we teach students young how to be professional and appropriate online we can open a whole new world of opportunities to them. As future teachers we should all strive to implement this in our classrooms. That is the best way to build our students up using technology.