It’s Tuesday and time for a slice of life. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers, we all share our lives and are part of a global community.
I’ve been talking to my students about being a digital citizen and being part of a global community. With third through fifth grade, they have experienced being part of the global community through the Poetry Postcard Project.
It’s such a vast contrast to my third through fifth grade when I was a child. It was pretty cool that I had a pen pal from New Jersey, courtesy of my aunt and uncle. But communicating with others in foreign countries, it wasn’t done, easily. And today, it’s just a click her and there for collaborating, checking in, and chatting.
This is what I think when I talk to classes about being a digital citizen. How cool is that we are connected so far and wide. How when I push publish for this post the world is able to read it if they so choose.
There’s a part of me that worries about the amount of screen time, the darker aspects of being online, and how even though I talk about being good citizens, some will make poor decisions and either bully or be bullied. And evens so, I believe that the postives of being part of a global community out weighs it all.