Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jamie Hawkinson - 20% Project for Collaborating for Community

Being a Chromebook classroom we have to start the year off with Chromebook 101 (as it is the first year our students have used them) as well as our digital citizenship lessons. We are fortunate to have guided lessons provided by our district technology specialists and they are quite easy to modify as necessary. Being 1:1 with devices, I am often positively modeling how to use the device, with reminders daily about proper use of the device and the applications that are used on it. We start out slow until it becomes a part of daily discussion.
Week 1  -   Logging –in : the importance of passwords in a digital world
Week 2 -  “Acceptable Use Policy”  Lesson with our media specialist  Netsmartz.com (Also called Internet Safety).
Week 3 -  Chromebook Classroom Digital Citizenship Lessons created by EPS.  This week we also start Digital Passport Training through Commonsensemedia.org



After our initial training weeks we most often incorporate digital citizenship with each new application, extension, or website we use. The discussions are a constant and new questions and issues arise as the students begin to use their devices more frequently. Some of the sites we frequent are Googledocs, Lucidchart, and Google Presentation. When we use these Google Apps, there are numerous opportunities to remind students how each time they use a new application or extension they leave their "digital footprint". I model what I can see and what the public has access to depending on their sharing settings. We have to talk about email and the proper use of email for school related tasks only. 

We practice commenting on documents and presentations. We practice citing our sources for images and data from research. We practice honesty and integrity when something pops up on our screens that has nothing to do with what we are doing or learning (ie...bad images or sites).

A few other applications/sites that we use are:
Socrative, Peardeck, Padlet, Quizlet, Kahoot!, Twitter (teacher led), Google search, Google Apps, flipgrid, typing club, Xtra-math, IXL, readtheory, just to name a few. 
**Each new site we use we walk through what the purpose of the site or application is as well as  how to use it as a leader in digital citizenship. 

One thing this year that I have been able to add to our digital citizenship discussion is our 7 Habits of Happy Kids (The Leader in Me) language. I have a technology leader or two in the classroom at all times helping out when students are in need of reminders. I have been amazed at the positive peer modeling in my classroom thus far.

Reflection:
The resources I felt most beneficial to my digital citizenship plan were from our district technology specialists. I was somewhat familiar with them from previous years and trainings, so the trusted sites were helpful. I also appreciated the digital citizenship resources that were listed on the Moodle course site. I spent quite a bit of time perusing them to pick out 4th grade friendly ideas for my current and future classrooms.  I don’t mind open-ended questions as long as I have an idea of what the final product expectations are. I had a hard time wrapping my head around this 20% project, whether I should focus on my own personal growth of digital citizenship or my classroom growth as digital citizens. I like the opportunity to make it my own and be creative, but it also left me wondering if I was covering everything I needed to cover for this point in the class. I didn't realize until recently that I have been teaching and modeling leadership in digital citizenship for the past few years, however, with that said, I have been reactive versus proactive. Now I have the opportunity to organize and teach in a more productive manner going forward.

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