Saturday, December 13, 2014

Margaret (Maggie) Temple, 20% Project: "Netiquette" -Collaboration for Community Course

20% Project: Plan for Teaching Digital Citizenship

Lesson Title: Netiquette (Online Etiquette)

My Objective:
Students participated in a Pear Deck activity related to digital etiquette prior to engaging with each other in an online-discussion forum.
The Standards:
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.

My Rationale:I have my Advanced Placement World Studies students do a fair amount of debating in order to develop thinking and interpersonal skills. Usually, this was done in a face-to-face format, but this class has inspired me to move it to an online format. Prior to this activity, I created a Pear Deck assignment for them about polite online etiquette.

The Questions/Topics We Discussed:Have you ever posted something online you later regretted?
On a scale of 1 to 10 (really bad), how regrettable was it?
What does "online etiquette" mean to you?
Have you ever been "flamed" online? If so, how did it make you feel? 

The internet is like a HUGE, global playground. Sometimes, bullies lurk!!

Let's be honest: High school is difficult need to make it worse!

What should be some rules for online discussion?
With a partner, create a public service motto about proper “netiquette.”

The Lesson Itself:

1. Anticipatory Set:

Students were introduced to this image:

As a class, we discussed types of topics inappropriate to discuss via social media/online.
and I introduced the concept of polite behavior online.

2. Students grabbed a Chrome Book and logged into Pear Deck at this address: and entered the student code they saw on the screen

To the teacher: a helpful tip is to write the code on the board as well so those students who are behind or arrive late may participate.

3. We engaged in the Pear Deck lesson. I shared student responses and we discussed the ideas around polite behavior versus polite behavior.

Here is a selection of student responses taken during the activity to a few of the questions:

 Selection of "Netiquette" Pear Deck Responses-Block 1

Pear Deck Question: How did it make you feel?
Student Responses:

Pear Deck Question: What Should be Some Rules for Posting Online?


Final Pear Deck question to the class:
Create a public service motto that encourages proper, kind, online behavior:
A selection of my students’ answers included:
            -Scroll, Don’t Troll
            -Don’t be a Dick, Think Before You Click (We had to have a conversation as a class as to whether the word "dick" is proper etiquette). 
            -Think THEN Type! Do What’s RIGHT!
            -Be Cool and Follow the Golden Rule

Student answers, Pear Deck answers submitted by students.

Teacher Reflection

Part of my time was spent looking at the resources provided to the cohort, just to get a sense of what other schools, people and organizations were doing to address the topic. As a social studies teacher, it became evident that “digital citizenship” is really just a part of citizenship as a whole.

The resources I found most helpful were provided by Common Sense Media; especially the sources related to relationships and communication, cyberbullying and self-image and identity. Some of the other resources were directed at younger students. The plethora of sources encouraged me to think broadly about the topic of digital citizenship.

The open-ended nature of the assignment was perfect for my abstract thinking style. One area I did not see addressed widely on the site was advice and information for parents. It made me ponder: Do most parents really have a strong idea of what goes on in an online format? I considered creating a tutorial for parents to access on my Moodle site around the topic. It would include: uploaded youtube videos, handouts on various topics, helpful links for them to access. For example, I found this article during the week related to decoding teenagers text abbreviations:
28 Texting Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

I believe discussing the topic of online behavior made my students more aware of how to respond whey the participated in an online discussion forum the following day.

This assignment certainly reinforced the idea that we, as teachers, must evolve to keep up with our students and their continually expanding sophistication on the world wide web.


  1. I am interested in your comment about bringing parents into the loop. Do you think this is an important component of the "1:1" happening at HHS next year? If so, what is the most effective way to reach them and will it have the desired impact.

  2. I do think it is an important element of the 1:1 initiative. Over the past few weeks, I've been pondering how to best reach parents. Perhaps a district survey to start? Figuring out what most parents know about digital citizenship (not only including safety, but also responsibility for the device) is the first step.