Within your classroom there may be times when the conversation naturally turns to topics of digital citizenship. These are not always the easiest topics to discuss, but they are extremely important for keeping the lines of communication open. Students need to feel comfortable and safe talking with adults about digital citizenship and their experiences. This discussion is one thing that can help build resilience in our students.
iKeepSafe.org has created a playlist of quick tips videos designed to help teachers prepare for these discussions.
CyberSmart is a resource site set up by the Australian government to help students, teachers, and families be prepared to talk about topics.
Common Sense Media’s family outreach program includes resources for holding a teen panel with guiding questions and strategies.
Digizen.org also has resources to raise awareness and undestanding of digital citizenship for teachers, parents, and students.
After our Math activity on money the students were able to take a screen shot of their coin combination and then they were able to explain how they solved this problem. Students recorded their understanding through Draw and Tell.
We also app smashed apps, using 100’s charts and Draw and Tell to explain their understanding of skip counting. This way students reflected on their learning and recorded it.
Setting a Good Example with Grammatically Correct Report Comments
When writing up her report comments Rae found the tool Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/), which Dale had recommended to her, to be very helpful. An extension on your Chrome Browser, this tool helped assure that her spelling and grammar were on pare for her interim report comments prior to sharing them with parents and students.
How does it work? Grammarly is a free tool that asks you to sign in. Once you have signed in, it will check up on all of your online writing, whether it is an email in Zimbra or comment writing in ManageBac. If it is happening in your Chrome Browser, Grammarly will give you the instant feedback you need to avoid embarrassment.
Aside from helping you look good as a professional, how else can Grammarly be integrated into the classroom to improve the student learning experience?
Why not try EASY CLASS CAM app? Easy Class Cam is the ultimate camera app for classes or families with shared iPads/iPods. Photos taken by students/children are automatically placed in an album belonging to them, making them super easy to find later on. Folders are easily created. Pictures of your students can even be included on your folders, for those younger kids that still do not know how to read their names.
It is our job as educators to not only know about these laws, but to also teach about them in our classrooms. The idea of copyright is a very good one. Who wouldn’t want to protect their rights to something they have created? However as teachers we can’t afford to pay for every item we would like to use for educational purposes, nor can we expect students to pay for everything they would like to implement into a project. Luckily, fair use was established to help with these situation in the field of education. Theproblem is that this gift is often a curse, because there is no one clear answer when it come to the rules of fair use in education.
Your next stop should be the website Education World which published a series of five articles that do a fabulous job of explaining copyright and fair use in education. I highly recommend that you take the time to read them, especially Part 4: Applying Fair Use to New Technologies.
OBJECTIVE: Students will crate an electronic book using “Book Creator” to describe themselves.
BEFORE THE ACTIVITY: One of the first grade teachers created a template for the kids to fill in. Then the template was shared to all the ipads through AirDrop.
As a whole class. the book was presented and every slide was shown. (The teacher made a book about herself as an example)
The class was divided in 5 tables. One Ipad was assigned per table. While the whole class works on something else, one student per table worked on their electronic book. As soon as that student is finished, the ipad went to another team mate (5 students working on ipads at the same time)