Think Digital, Lesson 2


During the second lesson, the students used their laptops for the first time, and were SO excited.

During this lesson students took an online survey.  Here are the questions on the survey, plus results I found particularly interesting.

  • Which of the devices do you use?  (Laptop, iPod, iPad, iTouch, cellphone, smartphone, reading devices, and game devices) 32% of the students have an iPhone.  77% have their own game device. 
  • How much time do you think you spend doing the following on an average day? (Surfing the internet, watching YouTube video, social networking, Skype, creating media, e-mailing,)  2% spend more than 2 hours a day online.  Most of the students have never created media before.  
  • How often have you received a message that was hurtful to yourself or others?  8% had an experience with this.
  • How often have you send a message that hurt or embarrassed another person?
  • How often have you posted or sent photos you have taken?
  • Do you have rules in your family about your technology use? 14% said they don’t have any rules at home!
  • How much do you know about determining information that is safe to share online?
  • How much do you know about writing clear and respectful emails?
  • How much do you know about the differences between ‘face to face’ and online communication?
  • How much do you know about the difference between consuming and creating content?  More than half the kids didn’t know the difference.
  • How much do you know about creating a healthy balance between online and offline time?  More than half claimed they know how to do this.
  • How much do you know about plagiarism and its consequences? Most of the students had no idea what this was.
  • How much do you know about citing an image? Most of the students didn’t know about this either.
  • What does it mean to use technology responsibly, respectfully, honestly and safely?

In reviewing the survey results with Grade 5 team and administrators, it was clear that many students  are quite tech savvy (very important for us to know who they are) spend tons of time online, and don’t have rules at home about technology use. The survey also confirmed that most children have their own game devices, often more than one, and especially love looking for videos on YouTube.

We are thinking about doing the survey throughout the year to see if their online behavior change, and compare from year to year.  We decided not to share the results with the parents because we were not sure if this will be helpful, or scare them needlessly.

I never got around to it, but it would have been interesting to share the results with the students with an Inforgraphics with the results.  I guess it’s not late to do that…..

*Pen checkmark three boxes image from|


About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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One Response to Think Digital, Lesson 2

  1. Great feedback! I am not surprised by the results of the “rules” question. I wonder if the responses would have been different had you asked the parents? Will you do a follow up and discuss what rules they think they should have? How are you helping parents understand the importance of guidelines at home?

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