Teaching in the digital age
The ideas of citizenship and being a good citizen have become really popular nowadays. So according to it, we strongly believe that we must teach students what it’s like to be a good digital citizen, they should be aware of their rights and duties , threats and privacy policies , and all the aspects which should keep them safe and sound in this dangerous virtual world.The new concept, of the digital citizenship, tends to help parents, teachers and all the otherseducational instructors to understand the importance of the appropriate use of technology by the students. Digital Citizenship is not a simple teaching instrument; it is a way to help students be aware and prepared to live in a technological society.We aim at enabling our students to face this challenging virtual world, becoming ready to cope with this multicultural environment. Furthermore we are interested in seeing the position and experience of the other schools involved in this project, especially regarding the technology usage in class. The schools taking part in this project are so very different, there are some whose experience in training students in the field of computer science is really wide and rich, and others who are still trying to overcome this lack of experience.Through this project, our goal is to achieve the following objectives:- to transmit our students various concepts related to digital citizenship- to present new teaching methods in the educational practice of the local teachers- to encourage responsible usage of technology among students- to make students to work together and develop digital materials according to a topic- to enrich the students’ digital literacy and digital skills- to develop the students’ communication skills and their ability to collaborate- to make possible the exchange of technology usage methods in schools- to promote intercultural attitude among students, to be tolerant and respectful- to stimulate the students’ level of motivation and stir their curiosity- to develop changes in the educational process in each of the partner schools.We intend to include five transnational meetings in our project which are meant to stimulate our cooperation and collaboration, and they are all student exchanges.Our intention is to bring the students together, to make them work and collaborate, to realize different materials on the already mentioned topics. Their role is a very active one, they won’t be just watching, but they will have to bring their personal contribution to the project. We’ll be using the ‘flipped classroom ‘method during this process.The students will get materials to study before each exchange, they will have to learn about the topics suggested for each exchange, and of course, they will have to work together to realize new materials during each exchange.The main topics are: C1 – Digital communication and identityC2 – Digital rights and responsibilities;C3 – Digital securityC4 – Digital behaviourC5 – Digital commercial exchanges
The target of the project are the students and the teachers in our school. Our profiles are vocationalor general education ones.Their ages are among 15 to 18, boys and girls, having quite differentlevels of performance at school.There are students who face social and economic difficulties, with learning and studying problems,even students who might give up on their studies, so all these disadvantaged groups are also ourtarget. We intend to choose 20 students to be an active part of our project, by getting them involvedin the exchange which will be hosted by our schools.Our schools will take advantage from the project from different perspectives:First of all the involved teachers will be able to identify and exchange new teaching methods andreliable practices with the other teachers, to notice new and modern systems of organizations , sothey could use them into their local schools. The institutions will promote their image , theircommunity and even their area at European level. Furthermore after the hosted exchange, schoolswill have better relationship with the students’ parents and others from the local community. They willgain more expertise in dealing with Erasmus+ projects and will be able to develop future initiativeseither for KA 1 or 2.The results we are interested about are: better digital literacy, more productive collaboration amongstudents, stimulating interculturalism, the new modern teaching methods, a higher level of motivation,better relationships between students and teachers.Some of the outputs include different materials: resources, videos, games all these are meant toteach students about the ideas of digital citizenship concepts, Guide for digital citizens, materialsabout each school, each country, photos and videos.