D&E students instruct digital citizenship at EMS

Submitted photo Davis & Elkins College students presented lessons in digital citizenship for students at Elkins Middle School. From left are Michelle Murphy, R.J. Weiford, Laylin Brown, Zachary Lontayao and Marcus Gada.

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College pre-service teachers gained classroom experience and helped Elkins Middle School students learn more about digital citizenship in connection with social media.

Over a two-day period in February, 22 D&E students instructed courses for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Elkins Middle School. Digital citizenship focuses on teaching respect, responsibility, social etiquette and how the misuse of social media can lead to problems with the law, school and the workplace. The project coordinates with the curriculum in D&E’s EDUC 120 Education Technology course taught by D&E Instructor of Education Danielle Riggins.

Pre-service teachers participating were: Laylin Brown of Dryfork; Beth Butcher of Beverly; Brooklyn D’Angelo of Beverly; Haleigh Forand of Fairfax, Virginia; Marcus Gada of Baltic, Connecticut; Tanya Hammons of Cowen; Madison Hart of Elkins; Ava Holt of Valley Bend; Zachary Lontayao of British Columbia, Canada; Zachary McGillan of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Meghan Merritt of Elkins; Dru Mills of West Sacramento, California; Peyton Mohler of Buena Vista, Virginia; Michelle Murphy of Durbin; Kailynn Parks of Bassett, Virginia; Kylianne Philip of Deland, Florida; Sarah Riggleman of Beverly; Brianna Rose of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; Anna Ruf of Belington; McKinley Scott of Gastonia, North Carolina; Emma Watson of Beverly; and R.J Weiford of Winfield.

“The Elkins Middle School teachers provided many positive comments about the lessons, and the D&E students learned what it was like to teach new content to middle school students,” Riggins said. “The middle school students were very receptive and seemed to enjoy the interactive lessons.”


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