This week’s reading about citing sources and how it needs to change peaked my interest. I agree that APA formatting is becoming more and more obsolete. In my 7th-grade language arts classes, we read a lot of books and short stories. Therefore, we focus our attention on formatting quotations correctly and using page numbers to prove where we found the evidence. In my video classes, we use copyright free images or original images whenever possible. We also use copyright-free songs from YouTube audio. YouTube offers a fantastic library of copyright-free songs that anyone with an account can download.
I had no trouble continuing 4Big Ideas with the Mission and Standards section. This section made me realize that my school desperately needs to have a technology mission statement. On page 83, Ohler writes, “Living a digital lifestyle can be both problematic and valuable.” Students need to read a statement like this at the beginning of the school year. They need to identify what is problematic and what is valuable in regards to living a digital lifestyle. The school where I teach values technology in the classroom. Therefore, we have plenty of it. However, we do not value setting clear technology rules and expectations at the beginning of the school year. We also do not revisit those expectations throughout the year. Digital citizenship activities at the beginning of the school year need to be valued and implemented.
Finally, I enjoyed reading the Student Activities section on page 94 where Ohler wrote, “Every school is its own culture, and every culture sees this differently.” This statement was in reference to the wide variety of school technology policies in regards to students having a web presence. Should we trust our students to make good choices? Should we trust students to bring their own devices and use them responsibly? The culture I set in my classroom is that I trust you until that trust is broken. When that trust is broken, it’s difficult to get it back. Teachers need to be able to trust that students make smart choices with technology. Setting the right expectations at the beginning of the school year and revisiting them throughout the year is a good start to make your classroom a safe and productive technology zone.