If you read my blog two weeks ago you would have seen the possibility, also the complete and utter chaos of my mind! Thanks to the meaningful and engaging presentation by Mike Ribble I know now what I need to do to create change and opportunity in my classroom.
Just as Kara plans to create a curriculum resource for her littles, I too plan on building an effective resource package that infuses digital citizenship and media literacy for the Wellness10 curriculum. It is my intention to not only build for my own classroom but to share with colleagues in divisions throughout the city. I have already polled a number of my teacher pals to find out what, if anything, they are doing to achieve outcomes using digital media. Collaboration is key to success!
I love the framework presented by Ribble, which as it turns out also resonates with Jill, known as the S3, and will be using the safe, savvy, and social process as my project outline. In semester 2, which began last week, I have two fresh crews, some background knowledge, and new ideas…LET’S GO!
It is my intention to teach my students how to be good citizens as well as how to use different medias responsibly and safely. As a jumping off point, for the SAFE section of the S3, I will build a lesson around digital communication, literacy, and etiquette (really good lesson plans and resources on MediaSmart) which fulfil the respect, educate and protect categories Ribble speaks to for building digital citizenship to prepare them for, and guide them through, the infusion of digital media that is coming their way this semester. For example, we will use menti-meter to facilitate class discussion around netiquette and adobe posters with perhaps Padlet to create and display students digital footprints. For the SAVVY section I have begun to research and select appropriate media that students might enjoy learning to use (and seem user friendly for me) and we can decide if they are effective or not for achieving outcomes like Microsoft Teams notebook, FlipGrid, JEFIT, Edpuzzle, and QR codes.
I should mention that I do recognize the challenge of, as Christine points out, inequity of digital access and digital fluency and will have to be creative in ways I can support and engage all students in learning. The most fun part of the journey will be the application of learning, the SOCIAL section. For this I plan on engaging with my students in health awareness campaigns that they will collaborate, build, monitor, and evaluate with the goal of affecting positive change in our school and communities (both near and far).
The key for me, I think, is to remember that less is more, whoever said that! If I can stick with a few media apps that myself and my students can really get to know I think we can really make the ‘medium the message’!!
Questions for thought (reply if any of these trigger you):
Do any of you try to do too much and come up short in the actual purpose/objective/message of using digital media? How do you decide what to try, what to trash, what to treasure? Finally, do you collaborate with colleagues to benefit more students or keep your work under lock and key?