Richard Byrne writes a blog about teachers using technology. With my background in technical training, I often find some interesting things on his blog, even though I’m not a teacher. Yesterday, he asked an important question to educators:
“Can we teach critical thinking and good digital citizenship practices if we don’t use them ourselves? I’m asking because every week I see another educator in my social networks share a Facebook scam.”
This is a really good question, because if the people responsible for helping educate young minds, or even adult minds, about technology can’t use it responsibly what hope do we have for the future? How can we talk about eliminating scams and “fake news” stories in social media while also contributing to the problem when we share things without even checking them out?
We can’t. Be better.