NETS-T Standard 4 Response

24 Jul

NETS-T Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:

a. advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
b. address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources.
c. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
d. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.


This standard deals with the very important issue of digital citizenship and responsibility.  Teachers are to model and teach students how to safely, appropriately, and legally use technology.    Teachers are called to familiarize students with copyright laws, as well as provide accurate citing of sources.  The teacher has the responsibility to meet the diverse needs of learners by using student-centered strategies that students are able to easily utilize.  Teachers are to model and teach proper digital and social etiquette.  Finally, teachers should promote and model cultural understanding and international awareness by communicating with colleagues and students around the world through the use of digital tools.

My strengths in the area:

I teach my students life skills that apply to digital as well as face to face communication with others.  My students learn how to compose a “friendly email” during our unit on the friendly letter.  During our animal research unit I teach my students about citing sources.

My weaknesses in this area:

I have not fostered international relationships within my class.  I am very excited about beginning a friendship with a class in another country this year.  I need to introduce and model to my students my own digital etiquette in the classroom.  I want my students to  know how to present themselves online.


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