News flash: an update on my major project! My personal journey / critically looking at Snapchat & Google Classroom.

Hi EC&I 832!

When thinking about digital literacy and Mike Ribble’s 9 elements of digital citizenship, my main goal is to understand and to critically look at the following applications that my students are using for social media and educational purposes. I am critically exploring the application of SnapChat and Instagram. My students are constantly using this social media app and I am curious to see if my students are aware of their own digital citizenship while they use it on a daily basis. I am also wanting to critically look at Google Classroom and Remind to see if they are critical and useful tools to use in our classrooms.  As educators it is important that we critically evaluate and understand the educational tools that we are using with our students. It is also important to help our students critically analyse and understand the social media apps that they are using.

As Dr. Alec Couros suggested, how do Mike Ribble’s 9 elements of Digital citizenship relate to my major project?

Digital access: as technology users we need to be aware that not everyone has access to technology. For my Google classroom and Remind, is it truly fair that I ask all my students to join and share their work and my own work on these platforms? Do they all have access to a smart phone or a computer? What if my student does not feel comfortable using technology? How can I teach my students to be comfortable with technology?  It is a reminder as a teacher that not all my students will have access to tech. How can I make sure my students have an equal opportunity with technology?

Digital commerce: Ribble reminds us that we are part of a market community when we use technology. Google is in fact a huge asset to the internet. Everything is Google and by me using it in the classroom I am endorsing The Google all the time. What are the legal and legitimate exchanges that are occurring when I use Google classroom and Remind with my students?

kg google class

Digital communication: has changed due to the many changes and the ability to communicate with so many other people with so many methods of communication such as cell phones, messaging etc. I and my students are in constant communication with each other via social media apps like Snapchat and educations apps like Google classroom and Remind. Students are not able to control their own communication. They are constantly taking random pictures and Snapchat and Instagram messaging each other every minute of the hour in classrooms or throughout their daily routines. Many students have not been taught how to make appropriate decisions when they have access to so many social media aps. Myself, with the Google Classroom, I can give direct feedback to students on their assignment anytime. Is it healthy for my students and for myself to use digital / direct feedback digitally? Though on the other hand, I can communicate with my students on a daily basis when they do not have access face to face. If a student is away ill, they have direct access to documents via our digital classroom and can contact me anytime should they have questions. Is this healthy digital communication?

Digital literacy: Ribble reminds us about the importance of teaching about technology and the use of technology. As teachers it is important that we integrate Ed tech in the classrooms, not just for the sake of it, but meaningfully infusing it in the classroom in all subject areas. This would be meaningful to teach students about how to literally use Google Classroom, Remind, Instagram and Snapchat meaningfully and carefully. And at the same time teaching about DC.

Digital etiquette: Unfortunately, many of my students are unaware of how to conduct themselves properly while using social media apps like Snapchat and Google classroom. I see students daily sending inappropriate messages and images via Instagram and  Snapchat. I actually had one student who began sending inappropriate comments via Google classroom. (I blocked his comments.) Ribble discusses that many people are uncomfortable talking to others about digital etiquette. The goal for my major project would be how can we make students feel comfortable to talk about their own digital etiquette? We can’t simply take away cell phones from our students (or block their comments), we will need to find ways to teach our students on how to become responsible digital citizens while using Snapchat, Instagram, Remind and Google classroom.

kg snap

Digital law: There are many unethical situations that my students are finding themselves in trouble due to the damage from bullying or from stealing each other’s property such as cell phones. Plagiarism is another huge problem where students are copying from another’s student’s work or from the internet. How do we teach students to abide digital law?

Digital Rights & Responsibilities: We all have the rights to privacy and must also understand that the technology that we use has to be used responsibly. While using Snapchat, Instagram, Remind and Google Classroom how do I ensure my students identity and work is kept private? With Snapchat how do I ensure my students are being responsible that they are not taking pictures without someone’s consent?

Digital health & wellness: How do we teach our students to protect themselves?  How do we teach our students (ourselves) to psychologically and physically take care of our own digital health? Are we obsedded with social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat? Is it healthy that I am / my students are using Remind, Google Classroom on a daily basis?

Digital security / self-protection: Ribble suggests that we take electronic precautions to guarantee our own safety. How do we teach our students to become aware of what and who they share with on social media apps like Instagram and  Snapchat? Who has access to all their photos? How can we properly teach our students on how to protect themselves from others that may try to cause harm to them? How do I ensure my students work and identity is kept secure while using Remind and  Google Classroom?

What does this all mean for my major project / my personal journey into media?

  1. Continue to explore the educational app Google Classroom and Remind with my students.
  2. Explore the social app Snapchat and Instagram with my students and myself.
  3. Document the findings from these 2 educational and social apps) via blog posts, surveys, pictures and videos in regards to effective communication, education, social media, digital citizenship, privacy, concerns and positive effects of all apps in and out of the classroom setting.




One thought on “News flash: an update on my major project! My personal journey / critically looking at Snapchat & Google Classroom.

  1. You ask so many important questions, such as whether it’s fair to ask all students to use Google Classroom when they may not all have access to technology. Would you be using it more so during class or after class? If during class are there school devices you can book out for students to use if they don’t have a device? Do students have access to computers or laptops in the school to use between or after classes?
    I love that your goal is around digital etiquette. In my classroom we talk about technology as a tool and that at school it’s a learning tool. Cell phones can be a great tool when used responsibly. In my classroom we only take out cell phones when we are using them as learning tools. If you need a tool like a textbook or calculator, you take it out when you need it. Otherwise we don’t need it out distracting us or taking up work space, so we put the tool away.
    I applaud you for taking on Snapchat with your students. The filters make it a lot of fun, but the disappearing feature gives it so much potential for irresponsible use. I love that you will be able to help students to practice using it in responsible ways.


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