Sunday, September 27, 2015 10:57 AM

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Paul Swanson

Jeff Wrensen

Paul Swanson

One of the things that I've been thinking about is the difference between digital research skills and digital citizenship.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

is there a difference between those two though?

Paul Swanson

Well, there's definitely a difference between national citizenship and academic research, so it seems to me that if we are using these real-life metaphors as a lens for the digital world, those differences should apply

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

to do DigCit. stuff, they need real-world practice.  research, collaborating, all that stuff is What they are doing, being a good DigCit, is How they are doing it

you're right.

To practice being a good national citizen we learn about our country, we help out our community... all those day to day activities in which you show you are a good citizen

Paul Swanson

Exactly.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

I'm struggling too, to find ways to Be online - in an authentic but worthwhile way, and then to show/practice/open discussion about DigCit where it is encountered

Paul Swanson

I don't really like the way that DigCit is a catchall category that includes all online skills

I think Tech Literacy is a more all encompassing term, and that literacy is a better metaphor for the bigger picture

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

as a theme for a whole class, it almost seems like you could teach any subject with links back to DigCit - ie, sharing work back online, supporting access for places with little access.

yup, 100% on your last two comments

Paul Swanson

The context for my Course 5 project is a G08 Digital Citizenship unit

so it seems even more important to make strong parallels with national citizenship

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

Perhaps we are framing it wrong.  Are Tech Literacy and Dig Cit. two 'graduate/profile of student goals'  that are interwoven through everything else - subject/content related, while referencing back to these two big ideas.

I like the proposal for your project

Paul Swanson

Yes - I agree... mostly

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

I see it more as a Golden Rule too, has similarities to National Citizenship, but it is about playing nice in the online community for the most part

Paul Swanson

I think that Tech literacy is more integrated into other subjects and is more skills oriented

Definitely.

But I do think that subjects like digital footprint management don't have a clear integration with other subject skills

they are a bit more stand alone

or else part of a general unit like Civics

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

Right.  Your goal in the Email (additional note: This chat started as an email where the project ideas had been shared)  was Digital Literacy, which covers a lot of this. Things like footprint can be a quick unit that is revisited as they keep adding to their footprint, it should be a standalone.

and Digital literacy is a much nicer over-arching topic

Paul Swanson

For sure. I've been doing some interesting work on integrating Tech Literacy into the ATLs of the MYP.

Probably less interesting for schools that aren't MYP, but it provides a decent framework for skills in general.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

a few weeks at the start can be spent to explicitly explore each of the elements of DigCit, and then these themes can be the basis for their other Literacy projects - using their tech skills like Google Maps tour builder to explore Access, or Infographics(skill) to show how laws differ... I think I'm getting repetitive ☺

I'm interested in the ATL - tech literacy

Paul Swanson

I'll share the document I've been working on.

I just shared this with your gmail account:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uzUNaUSatV0T39aaWMTFBDjA4EFQMJc7tcnG7ARYi7I/edit

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

thanks

Paul Swanson

Do you see the distinction I trying to make here between Research and Citizenship?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

yes, my question would be.  What topics will they be researching?   (will it be in support of another class?)

Paul Swanson

Well, for this unit they'll be doing research on Social media specifically.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

which ties in perfectly to Dig.Cit.

Paul Swanson

Yep. But our overall goal will be to integrate the Research skills part of this with a variety of different lessons at different grade levels.

Basically: image attribution is important in all research, not just that on Dig Cit.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

I think we are saying the same things in different words..... What about dividing up the 9 elements and giving 2/3 to each grade?  Let the older kids take on Law, let the youngest do Etiquette. so that over time they use different tools: Presentation/ research paper/ Scratch animation/ short video... to show their understanding of each.  and like you said - a 15 minute lesson on Image attribution is something that is followed up by actually using image attribution in every subject, so it is an ongoing practice/habit forming, and as students forget about it, they are reminded in the context of the 'other' work they are doing

eventually all the DigCit stuff is just on going habit forming.

#overSimplification

Paul Swanson

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I think that that's the overall goal, but right now I'm trying to focus in particular on this G08 Digital Citizenship unit

How do we teach digital footprint management at a redefinition level?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

What about class accounts -- ie. Twitter, to let the kids tweet as a group about their school lives.

and then you get to discuss each step of the process

How to make a secure password - and to share it with the class, but keep it private

what pictures can you post (one kid posting pictures of the class -- different kid runs the twitter account each week)

then the discussion: What message do these pictures send?

Paul Swanson

Aha!

That actually solves a problem nicely.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

....”we are Working hard during math!”    or     “We are playing soccer”... or, ”John is making a goofy face and maybe we shouldn't post that pic”

Stranger danger:  who will we follow, and will we make our Class Twitter public or private?

Paul Swanson

Some of the G08 students aren't 13 yet so we've been trying to do this without them actually creating a social media account

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

basically go through the SMedia world as a guided group

Class account - teacher created for Twitter

Paul Swanson

But if we create a group account then the teacher has more control over it and the students can get access

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

could do controlled release - teacher posts submitted tweets for a few weeks.

then 1 kid needs to post each tweet - vetted first by the teacher

different kid each day/week

Paul Swanson

One of the target goals is to look at how to create an online persona

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

draw the parallels between 'our class' represents US and 'my future tweets' represent Me

Paul Swanson

We could evaluate the extent to which these different posts, or tweets, reinforce or contradict the persona.

Yep - love it.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

awesome!  

Paul Swanson

Now that we've solved my Course 5 questions, how are you doing with yours?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

also, the classes can 'judge' / draw conclusions about/  the other Gr8 classes from their tweets.

Paul Swanson

#smoothtransition

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

I'm doing great with mine!  got all 5 flipped videos shot

Paul Swanson

sweet

what lessons are you flipping?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

only problem being the kids watching them at home -- mix of enthusiasm, apathy, computer failure.

we are flipping the review/mid lessons for Personal Narrative for the Writers workshop/project

so for HW the kids are writing.  These videos enhance/review what was taught previously so that they kids have more direction/focus for their at home work.

Paul Swanson

Cool. I saw in your post that you've been using EdPuzzle for some of the flipping, yes?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

5 minute mini lessons on things like 'coming up with a better title' as the homework, and a lesson that re-teaches that.  for the kids who actually watch it, their at home writing has been more focused and worthwhile.

All Google Drive for this one.   HS math teacher is flipping with EdPuzzle

and French teacher is using ed.ted

so 3 different flips in my integrating life right now

Paul Swanson

Have you checked out Curriculet as well?

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

not in a while.

Paul Swanson

I was sharing it with some language teachers last year and they got very excited about it.

A lot like EdPuzzle, but with texts instead of videos.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

just logged on.  it looks much more curated and aligned to the CC too

thanks for the link

my biggest find this summer and for my ESL/Eng/SS teachers has been: rewordify.com

Paul Swanson

Interesting - looks like another tool I've used - textcompactor.com, but with more learning features.

Here's a great blog post I found about how a teacher used Curriculet with her poetry lesson:

https://studentcenteredflip.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/increase-student-engagement-with-poetry/

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

it is a great way for me to avoid the whole 'nope, English may be your first language, but you aren't fluent' discussion and just give them an easy thesaurus.

just signed up, looking at Fredrick Douglas. this is nice

Paul Swanson

I think it's particularly good for differentiation - allows teachers to embed videos or other media that can help provide background that some students may have but some don't.

Jeffrey Wrensen-LAS

excellent.