A big part of digital learning is learning how to be safe in the digital world. In Clear Creek ISD, a Texas High Performance Schools Consortium district, students are learning social media responsibility in the classroom — a lesson that will help make them future-ready.
“We have actually designed a course for students to take an E-Course within our learning management system. And that course is broken up by age level,” Andrea Winters, director of learning technology with CCISD, told ABC News 13 in Houston.
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Winters says this year, for the first time, students are getting classroom time to learn how to behave responsibly online. Some will get be taught by online tutorials. Others will discuss it in homeroom.
They’re starting as early as Kindergarten. While younger students won’t be learning how to post to Facebook or Twitter, they’ll be learning what they leave behind every time they log-on, online.
“About online safety, about their digital footprint. We just utilize it in a way that the curriculum builds, so that it’s more appropriate to what they’re seeing at their age level. Cyberbullying, and what information to put out and not put out on the web,” Winters explained.
The bigger lesson is learned for older students planning on college, playing for an athletic team or scoring a future job.
“We really wanted to make sure that high school students understood that what they put out there is permanent,” Winters said.
It’s the negative social media posts that remind students that those in hiring and recruiting positions could be basing your acceptance on more than grades or athletic ability. They could be using your tweets, too.
“And we want to make sure students understand that before it has lifelong consequences,” Winters added.
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