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How many times have you looked at your cell phone today? How many times have you checked your email? How about Facebook?

Whether we like it or not, technology is integrated into everything that we do. Because of that, need to think critically and intentionally about how we want to integrate technology into our schools and classrooms.

What is Digital Learning Day?

The Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting Digital Learning Day today, February 17, 2016. Their website explains, “Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. It’s not about laying off teachers for laptops, it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.”

I really love this idea of technology about not replacing certain teaching practices or classroom routines, but enhancing them. But how does this tie in to character education?

Character & Technology

Technology provides us with new opportunities. What we do with these opportunities is all about character. Is our laptop actually enhancing our note-taking or just serving as a distraction? Are we using social media to build meaningful connections with long distance friends or are we using it to gossip? Is your cell phone helping you stay organized or causing you to spend less quality time engaged with your family?

We need to help students navigate these new territories. We do that first, by modeling the behavior we want them to exhibit and second, by proactively teaching digital citizenship skills in our classroom.

Resources

Our Character & Technology Resource Roundup offers resources on digital citizenship, as well as practical technology tools that can help your students build good character.

The Digital Learning Day site also offers video profiles of schools and districts that excel in their implementation of digital learning.

In the spirit of technology, we can’t forget about social media. Take a look at our archived #SchoolsofCharacter Twitter chat to see how educators around the country answered some of our digital learning questions.

 

Still want more? Become a Character.org member to download a digital citizenship webinar with expert Jason Ohler!

 

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