Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lori Volding 20% Project for the Collaborating Community Course

Personal Inquiry Project 
Digital Citizenship

Edina/Hopkins Teaching and Technology Cohort 2014-15
Collaboration and Community with A Global Perspective (Course 1: 7770)
Lori Volding
Creating a Community of Respectful Digital Citizens


Room 311 9th Grade Advisory 2014/15

Students discover their Digital Health through teacher led activities. The students will 1) explore the effects digital use can have on their personal development and social connections, 2) identify how much unplugged time they have in a day for personal and social connections, 3) identify if they need to set time aside from digital use, and 4) develop a plan to take care of their personal well being around the digital world. Below you will find resources. Review and select what makes sense for you and your Advisory class. 
1. Complete this google doc form to reflect on your Digital Day:
2. Read on smart board/ overhead screen: Digital Responsibility: Taking Control of Your Digital Life Technology Addiction -
3. Discuss Digital Day responses in small groups and create Step in, Step Out activity: This allows for students to discover similarities and make connections with their peers. It can also help the students become more in tune to others experiences, so to tap into emotional intelligence.
4. View and discuss in class the following videos:    


This particular activity allows students to network face to face with one another, in a safe and respectful manner while sharing something that is important to them. Begin by describing to students how an important part of the middle school experience is the connections they make with the people they meet. Tie in how our digital exchanges and day to day presence in school reflect only a part of who you are. Students are to share ONE (or more if desired!) thing in advisory that reflects something that is important to them. Pictured below right, this 9th grade student is showing a video of her driving a quarter midget racing car during a weekend competition.
IMG_3957.jpg1)  Give students the teacher knowledge challenge. An example is found in the link below. 
2) Something About Me was created by the 2014-15 SVMS Advisory Team. This is a helpful guide for teachers.
3) The teacher can model and share something important to them as a kick starter for students. For example photos, video, slideshow of family, hobby, experience, or talent. 
4) Provide a sign up sheet for student presentations.


Consider your class chemistry and your personal strengths to build connections within your classroom, school, community and/or other schools. Below are some ideas to build upon.
1. Take pictures and/or video of each presentation and perhaps

a) show in Advisory class at the end of the year

b) share with other 9th Grade Advisory classes

c) use as a sample for all grade levels

2.  Create a wordle or tagxedo of the presentations and post it in your classroom as Getting to Know Us’.

3.  Use Padlet. Students can post their presentation (picture and description). This may be shared with classroom only, grade level, all levels.

Resources: Common Sense Media, CNN Student News, and Edutopia, SVMS Advisory Committee

Reflection: This assignment was rather challenging for me to get off the ground and running. The biggest challenges were determining how Digital Citizenship can be meaningfully embedded into my curriculum without interrupting student goals and objectives, and what class (Advisory 9, Physical Education 9, or DAPE 6-9) has technology resources easily accessible and available. Once Advisory 9 was determined to be the most appropriate (after discussions and guidance by Mike Walker), I spent many hours trying to find a category that makes sense for my group. I talked with several teachers in our school and learned that fair use and copyright were categories worth considering. Ultimately, I decided this was not an ideal fit. Sherry Turkles, Connected, but alone? Ted Talk video, however, resonated with me. Check this video out! My students in PE 9 often request what we call ‘chill time’: five minutes lying down with the lights off completely, unplugged. Digital Health encourages students to examine their daily demands academically and socially through the digital world, and to explore their personal and social needs to be unplugged. My Advisory class has viewed and discussed 2 videos on Digital Health, completed the Digital Day google form, and 2 students have presented something about themselves. This is an ongoing year long project. The students are curious and interested! I too am interested and motivated to see how this project evolves. My plan is to share this project with other 9th grade Advisory teachers, create a slideshow of the presentations in May, and embrace the importance of our connections in and outside of the digital world. Take care of your Digital Health; best to all!

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