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6th grade #DigitalCitizenship lesson in #LifeSkills with @DenaeMSisco:

Below are the slides Denae Sisco (@DenaeMSisco) used to introduce a quick unit on Digital Citizenship. Sometimes, I like to drop the “digital” and just call this a Citizenship unit to reinforce that we should be good citizens online and offline…

After discussing the content of the slides and answering questions as they arose, students were split into groups of three and assigned a social media site to explore: Facebook , InstagramTumblrSnapchatYouTubeWikipediaOovooGoogle+kik, ask.fm. The groups were tasked with reading their site’s Terms of Service and answering the following questions into a shared Google Spreadsheet (see below for a screenshot):

  • How old do you need to be in order to use this site/app?
  • How can you use this site in positive ways?
  • What are some concerns about this site (either your concerns or the site’s policies)?
  • Who owns the content?
  • Can you adjust the privacy settings?
  • How would you contact the site to ask questions or express concerns?
  • What are some actions that would cause profiles to be deleted or blocked?

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Join me at 2pmEST at #CO14 for “Crafting your Digital Character”

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The 5th annual Connecting Online for Instruction and Learning Conference 2014 takes place this weekend. Dr. Nellie Deutsch (@nelliemuller) is passionate about teaching and learning in blended environments, and she has graciously extended an invitation to me to present again this year. Read more about her professional experiences and accomplishments here: http://www.wiziq.com/nelliedeutsch

My session is called Crafting Your Digital Character. In this presentation, I’m hoping to give examples of classroom projects that reinforce new media literacies, encourage awareness about the “public, permanent, and traceable” nature of an online presence, and offer opportunities to collaborate academically, respectfully, and responsibly online.

Click here to join me at 2:00pm EST.

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6th graders making PSAs about Digital Character in Life Skills

I worked with Dr. Sam Tuttle, the Middle Division’s Social and Emotional Learning Liaison, to design a lesson that corresponds with their Digital Character unit in 6th Grade Life Skills. The Life Skills curriculum encompasses Street Smarts, Hygiene Basics, Nutrition, Digital Character, and Gender-Sex Education. While the teachers and I reinforce responsible use of technology all the time, this Digital Character Unit specifically offers an overview of internet safety and cyber-bullying and what to do to prevent (and respond to) a situation.

During the lessons, students watched and discussed a series of videos from Common Sense Media, NetSmartz, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Additionally, they examined the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program:

Think Before You Post 1 reinforces that everything you post online is public and permanent.

Think Before You Post 2 reinforces that everything you post is public and traceable.

Tracking Teresa reinforces that everything you post is traceable.

Stacy’s Story highlights one girl’s experience being cyber-bullied.

After, we asked students to make their own PSAs (Public Service Announcements). These were the parameters for the project:

  • Create your video PSA using Photo Booth.
  • Drag your movie to your desktop and rename it KarenPSA (use your own name and no spaces).
  • Upload your video to our in-house video server using these tags: PSA, 2012-2013, class_2019, Life Skills, Digital Character
  • Include your name and a link to your PSA on the shared Google Doc embedded on the Life Skills site.

We offered students possible PSA Topics:
1. What are the three most important things a 5th Grader should know about Digital Character Development?
2. What do parents need to know about Digital Character Development?
3. What was something that surprised you about this topic?
4. What steps should you take to better craft your digital character?
5. What advice would you give to a friend if you knew they were taking unsafe risks online?
6. What could you do if you find yourself witnessing a cyberbullying incident as a bystander?

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