Project update! Take a look!

Hey everyone!

So, for my weekly progress report, I thought I would get a little bit creative and create a vlog! This vlog presents a sneak peak of my major project and informs you about the resources I am using to develop my curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship for the elementary level, specifically grades 3-5. This video is just over nine minutes so if you have some free time amongst your busy schedules, take a look! I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate any feedback you may have to offer! Thanks!

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Major project is underway!

Well, my major project is finally underway! After spending all last week searching for resources about teaching digital citizenship, I finally feel ready to start developing my curriculum-based resource for the elementary level (Grades 3-5). The primary resources I intend to use in order to develop my project are: Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship, Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Policy Planning Guide, Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Continuum from Kindergarten to Grade 12, Common Sense Education website, and a variety of social media sources (Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, etc…).

As stated in my introductory post, I intend to fashion my curriculum-based resource in the form of a unit plan. This unit will consist of 9 lessons plans. Specifically, 1 lesson plan for each of Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. The contents of my unit plan will include lesson plans with detailed teaching instructions, activities, assessments, and a variety of resources to support each lesson. Once I narrowed down the structure of my project, next thing on my mind was organization. I thought to myself; Where would I store and organize all of my work?? So, I decided to use a digital platform called Google classroom as a space to store all of the content for my project. Creating a Google classroom was relatively easy for me as I’ve used it in the past with other online courses with Alec. I enjoy working with Google classroom as it is user-friendly and all of my Google documents automatically saves to my Google drive. Basically, everything I need is conveniently stored in one place. Need I say more?

Although the majority of my work will be stored in my Google classroom, I will continue to blog about the developmental process of my major project. So far, I have created a new class in my Google account and labeled it “Major Project for EC&I 832”. I have also created a topic within my Google classroom called “Resources to support Digital Citizenship”. Here, I have attached several resources that may be used while teaching about digital citizenship, such as the Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Policy Planning Guide, Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Continuum, and a variety of informational posters. Within the next week or so, I will attach my first detailed lesson plan.

As soon as my Google Classroom has more content uploaded to it, I will be ready to share the class code you will need in order to join my Google classroom and see the development of my major project for this course. I know I may have technically doubled the work load for myself by decided to use a digital platform. However, I just could not justify posting all of the contents of my major project on my blog while also blogging about it! No one would want to read my posts as they’d be crazy long! Hopefully I made the right choice and my plans for my major project work out! Wish me luck!

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Major Project: Developing a curriculum-based resource for digital citizenship.

Well, after a week of much reflection and debate, I have finally decided on a major project for this course. This semester, I will work towards developing a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship, specifically designed for the elementary level (K-4). As an educator, teaching my students about digital citizenship is extremely important. As previously stated in my introductory post, technology is embedded in almost everything we do within in our daily lives. We rely on technology for many things and it comes as no surprise that our children/students are immersed in it as well.

The advancements of technology and the internet has drastically changed the way we learn, do business and communicate. In fact, communication today has never been more accessible and convenient. Within today’s digital world, there are a number of social media apps available to explore and though they may operate differently, they do share some similarities; Instant messaging and the sharing of images and information. It is evident that social networking provides many positive influences, such as creating awareness, helps to develop social skills, and encourages digital literacy. However, there are also negative influences which puts our students at risk. Some of these risks includes; Social peer pressure, cyber-bullying, privacy issues, and public shaming. Unfortunately, these risks often occur due to the improper use of social media and can be avoided if our students have the knowledge they require to navigate through the online world safely and appropriately.

As adults, we understand how valuable social media can be, personally and professionally, despite the negative influences of social networking. However, this is not always the case for our students. Perhaps, we may be a bit foolish to assume that each student knows what they’re doing. Students are often blinded by the potential risks associated with social networking. Why? It is simple…Social media is engaging, fun and provides instant communication with their friends. Some of the most popular social media apps being used by our students today are: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube.

In order to develop a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship, I will heavily rely on the following resources to assist in my planning: Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship, Saskatchewan Digital Citizenship Continuum, and the Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Policy Planning Guide. However, I will also be searching for other resources that may be valuable. Recently, I turned to my PLN on Twitter in hopes of finding some resources I may be able to use. Thankfully, Krista replied to my tweet and introduced me to the Common Sense Education website! I am excited to explore the many activities for digital citizenship that this site has to offer!

Although it is still very early, my hope is to develop a curriculum-based resource which resembles somewhat of a detailed unit plan about digital citizenship. This unit plan would contain lesson plans which include detailed instructions, interactive activities (some using social media apps) and formative assessments. However, I am very open to any suggestions you guys may have to offer! What kind of resources would you use for developing a curriculum-based resource for teaching digital citizenship? How would you go about planning for this resource? I look forward to hearing your suggestions and/or ideas!

Well, until next time…Thanks for stopping by!