Think Digital through the Seasons
After the AUA’s were signed, and an assembly was held, MacBook Pros went home with the kids at the end of September. E-mail accounts, with lessons on strong password, were established as well as class YouTube channels and blogs. For parents, two sessions were held about technology and children, one at Back to School, and one in October sponsored by ES PTA.
It took over 8 weeks to cover “Think Digital”. Teachers and I are well aware that this is a topic that needs to be discussed throughout the year in class as well as in our team meetings.
Unit Plan:Think Digital
How do I use technology responsibly, respectfully, honestly and safely?
Successfully complete all Carnegie Cadets training missions to:
*recognize and filter spam from good email
*recognize unsafe chatroom behavior
*distinguish the difference between advertising and legitimate content
*manage a cyberbully
|Strategies / Activities
1. Word bundle
3. Introduce and play Carnegie Cadets (3 lessons)
4. Bull’s eye chart: Am I being safe online? & CommonCraft video http://www.commoncraft.com/video/protecting-reputations-online
5. Slideshow: Using strategies to create a strong password
6. What do I need to know about email? (2-3 lessons) - see attached document
7. Being honest: plagiarism by CommonCraft http://www.commoncraft.com/video/plagiarism
8. Trifold document: AUAs
9. Manage your technology; don’t let your technology manage you
10. Assessment: iMovie (6 lessons)
iMovie Projects on Digital Citizenship
Grade 5 Team Reflection
Unfortunately, I could not be a part of this meeting on account of a crisis; but here are meeting notes.
- Overall, it was a great unit. Much better start this year than last.
- liked the focus on AUAs
- liked the time spent on Carnegie
- good to focus on being a producer not just a consumer; use it as a device for learning
- parents as partners
- liked having Naho involved in team teaching
Suggestions for next year:
- adjust words in word bundle activity
- share movies between classes
- Be more intentional about assessment next year. Be sure to build in the self reflection at the end of the unit, sharing things they’ve learned and how they feel about technology.
I was pleased with how this unit went over all. Systematic approach to introducing 1:1 program through Social Studies unit gave us plenty of time to get students ready for this adventure. There is absolutely no way to do this right without having it in the curriculum.
I loved co-teaching with the classroom teachers. The down side was that other teachers and other grades were not seeing me that much at the beginning of the year. I have over 50 new grade 1 students to get to know, and it is taking a little slower than I would like.
Swim team study hall was a pitfall we didn’t anticipate. With fairly limited supervision, it’s difficult to carefully monitor students’ tech use. Next year, we will not let the kids use their laptops during that time.
Overall, kids have been really good about including adults when something happens, parents are well aware of what is going on in the classrooms, and there have been no hurtful interactions online — as there were last year.
The process of getting children ready to use technology in learning takes tons of planning and conversation, and I believe that this process is as important as actually using the technology per se.