Friday, December 19, 2014

Emily Larson 20% Project for the Collaboration and Community Course

This project focuses on addressing the importance of proper online etiquette within and beyond the walls of the classroom.  All the students that I work with have an educational diagnosis of autism. Autism often  creates difficulties with social thinking, and interpreting social information, which often results in the misreading or missing social cues and misinterpreting messages.  Many of my students prefer the online world of communication because there are no nonverbal cues such as tone of voice, facial expressions, etc., to interpret, but they also lack (to a varying degree) basic rules of what it means to be a digital citizen.

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility-Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices. Teachers:
c. promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.
d. develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.

Task 1: Discuss the following questions: 
1.What digital citizenship mean? 
2. What do you need to do to be an accountable online?

Task 2: Watch the following clip.   
Task 3:  With a partner discuss and list all the digital information that you believe can be found about you online.  Then watch the haiku deck slide show.

Digital Citizenship Lessons - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Task 4: Have the students Google themselves.

Task 5:  Have the students discuss the following scenarios and answer the following questions:
1.  Is this an instance of good digital citizenship?
2. What are the good or bad consequences that could come from the action?
3. What would you do, if needed, to change the situation?


Task 6: Personal reflections questions:
1. How did you feel about the video?
2. What steps do you feel like you need to take to become a better digital citizen?
3.  What are your online goals? 

Task 7: Students will make their own top 5 list on what they are going to do to be responsible digital citizens. 

How did I spend my time:
The first few weeks of this assignment I spent most of my time reading and reviewing the lessons on the Tech for Teachers and Digital Citizenship Providence Day School digital compass sites.  I found the information there very valuable.  The Tech for Teachers site brought me to the InCtrl website which has other great lesson on digital citizenship, and I incorporated some of their ideas into this lesson.  There rest of the time I spent looking at lessons and clips found on Pinterest to create the rest of the lesson.  

What resources did you find most valuable? 
Many of the resources available are valuable and helpful.  I am most likely to use the Tech for Teachers site within my classroom because the lessons are laid out nicely and are all ready to be used. Once I understood the project and the expectations I enjoyed the open-ended nature  of it, and also having the ability to create my own lesson. 

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