Saturday, December 14, 2013

Susan Tewksbury-20% Project for Collaboration and Community with a Global Perspective

Digital Citizenship

One of the first assignments for this course was to design a discussion prompt.  My prompt was about the prevalence  Cyberbulling.  Many of the students I work with are considered vulnerable.  An important part of my job is to educate and empower my students to stand up for themselves, recognize when they are in unsafe situations and to know where they can go for help whether they are in the community, at school or on-line.  Another important part of my job is to teach social skills. "Treat others the way you want to be treated."  "Use appropriate language."  "Say please, thank you and excuse me.''  I now realize that I must also directly teach on line social skills and good manners.  The time is now.  

I have designed a Digital Citizenship Boot Camp that I will use with five, third grade students with special needs including learning disabilities and social/emotional/behavioral disorders. I will use the Scope & Sequence from  targeted for third to fifth grade students.

Unit topics will include:
Unit 1:

  • Rings of Responsibility
  • Private and Personal Information
  • The Power of Words
  • The Key to Keywords
  • Whose is it, Anyway
Unit 2

  • Strong Passwords
  • Digital Citizenship Pledge
  • You've Won a Prize
  • How to cite a Site
  • Picture Perfect
Unit 3

  • Talking Safely Online
  • Super Digital Citizen
  • Privacy Rules
  • What's Cyberbulling?
  • Selling Stereotypes
Lessons will be taught once weekly during students scheduled time in the Resource Room.  Each lesson includes literature, on-line lessons, interactive games and videos.  Each unit has a wrap up question to informally assess students understanding of the concepts taught.  In addition to this, each unit includes a three question quiz. Each student will have their own account to access lessons, videos and quizzes.

For a final project each student will create a Digital Citizenship Poster containing information about what it means to safe and a good citizen on line.  These posters will be shared with their general education classrooms.

Additional Resources: 

Piano and Laylee Go Online Carmela N. Curatola Knowles
Piano and Laylee and the Cyberbully By Carmela N. Curatola Knowles
Piano and Laylee Learn About Acceptable Use Policy By Carmela N. Curatola Knowles
Raising a Digital Child:  A Digital Citizen Handbook for Parents By Mike Ribble

I spent well over 20% of my time gathering information about cyberbulling and exploring many websites using the key words, Digital Citizenship for Elementary Students, Keeping Kids Safe On-line, Internet Safety, in dialogue with our media specialist, browsing Edina Public School's Page 360 regarding Internet Safety, exploring other school districts technology plans to educate students about Digital Citizenship and watching videos, playing on-line games, reviewing literature and looking at the Scope and Sequence and assessment portions from Common Sense Media.

I was a bit distraught as I began this project because of the open-ended nature of the assignment, but the more I researched the more excited I became.  My project evolved and changed as I did my research into something I can use with my students.  When sharing this project with Cornelia's media specialist, we discussed how this could be a curriculum she could and may teach in the future.  By the end of my 20, 30, 40% of my time assignment, I was thankful to have an open-ended format.  It allowed me to adapt the project to fit my needs and the needs of my students.  This is no longer just an assignment, it is a curriculum I will use.

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