Connection Through Civic Engagement

Use technology in order to respectfully connect with those who represent you.

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In my opinion, teachers today must use the same technology that their students use in order to effectively impart digital citizenship.  Digital citizenship is engaging with your community in a respectful manner to the end in which their voices are heard and a civil conversation is encouraged.  As a social studies teacher, I remind students that we live in a representative democracy.  By not sharing their opinions with their elected officials they are negating the purpose of how our system of government is supposed to function.  Technology has empowered a generation to speak directly to their local, state and federal elected officials on a variety of matters; some which directly impact the very students we teach.  

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I have encouraged the use of a few social media tools to help students speak openly and respectfully to their elected officials as well as their community. Twitter is a simple tool in which every elected local official uses and can easily be accessed by the students I teach. I encourage them to voice their opinions by drafting what they would say but also have them review Twitter comments which move away from civil discussions. Another simple tool I encourage my students to use is Resistbot.

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Hi Miten,

First of all, thanks for participating in this collaboration between the Teachers Guild and ISTE. We really appreciate your contributions!

We’re in the last week of the build phase of the challenge on digital citizenship so it’s time to fine tune your idea before final voting begins next week.

Here are some things to consider as you continue to build on your idea:
- is your idea clear and will it inspire action from other teachers?
- would it be easy for a teacher to incorporate your idea about digital citizenship in their classroom?
- does your idea include some component of research and are there shareable resources?
- is your idea student-centered and does it promote agency?