My project this week has been to design a Digital Citizenship class to kick off our district’s one-to-one initiative next week. We don’t yet know when the laptops will be ready for assigning, but we’ll be ready when they are.
I decided to create the presentation in Prezi, which I feel much more comfortable with after a couple of hours of starts and restarts. I’m still contemplating adding music to the presentation, but time is of the essence now, so I may let it go as is; I go live on Monday. I chose a world map and travel theme, with a title of “Your Digital World.” The presentation link is embedded in a Haiku Digital Citizenship class, and includes a quiz to test students’ understanding of the concepts at the end. If they pass, students will get a Digital Citizen Passport Certificate. The certificate is required to be assigned a laptop.
The hardest part of the project was to determine what to put in and what to leave out of the program. I came across a wonderful site full of resources at Commonsense Media, which had everything I needed. The problem was that their curriculum for senior high consisted of about 16 class sessions, all around 45 minutes long. Yikes! I’ve only got 55 minutes.
So I got down and dirty. I decided to focus on the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen, covering search strategies; copyright, plagiarism, & fair use; cyberbullying; and online privacy issues. The curriculum that Commonsense Media provides is excellent and includes many more topics in depth, but I decided these were the vital ones. The site even provides a couple dozen videos, of which I chose four at about two minutes each.
Take a look at the Prezi, if you have a minute, and let me know what you think. Maybe you have some good suggestions for improvement–I’d love to hear them before Monday.