When one plans for a journey, there are many levels of emotion, creativity, and careful consideration that go into each leg. I started out at the beginning of this course with excitement and anticipation (as discussed in my first post, Setting My Feet Upon New Paths.)
I have grown over this course in developing a deeper understanding about the importance of digital citizenship and use of media. These concepts are integral to developing students who are prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century workplace.
It is important that our students feel like they can competently navigate the environments that exist online. They should be learning how to interact professionally and personally with others, how to apply learning skills to new tasks or tools, and how to protect privacies and rights for themselves and others.
For these reasons, I chose to develop a digital citizenship scope and sequence that also met outcomes and indicators in the Life Transitions 30 curriculum. A major resource used to support my artifact development was the Digital Citizenship in Saskatchewan Schools (2015) policy planning guide.
|The purpose of Life Transitions 30 is for students to develop lifelong skills for achieving and maintaining a positive self concept and lifestyle. Throughout this course, students will learn how to adapt and grow with change, develop positive relationships, appreciate diverse perspectives, and establish habits for healthy living. They will acquire skills in effective workplace and personal communication and learn how to become aware and responsible consumers. They will build upon their understandings of the financial and personal responsibilities and obligations that come with living on one’s own. |
Digital citizenship is an important component that overlays each of the content areas within Life Transitions 30. The Digital Citizenship Guide (2015) highlights, “the importance of teaching digital citizenship to our students in order to meet goals and outcomes and to prepare students to be productive, responsible, and contributing members of our global society. Educators can no longer ignore their roles in helping students to develop as digital citizens; schools must respond to the changing needs of our learners in order to prepare them for our rapidly changing world” (p. 12).
My first planning post, “Transitioning into Effective Digital Citizens,” outline the reasoning behind my choice. It also set out some possible steps for development. As often happens when we plan for travel, some steps were more challenging than others.
I searched out exemplars for other scope and sequence documents and researched potential digital citizenship online resources that would be relevant to Life Transitions 30. I quickly found that the majority of resources were geared towards elementary and middle years. There were high school digital citizenship resource that would work. However, adult resources are not as prevalent. Fortunately, I was able to locate a sufficient number of resources that would work. As I move forward, I look forward to continuing a deep dive into other possibilities. Maybe this is an unexplored avenue for future development?
I moved forward and developed a Google Form to elicit ideas from other educators on possible inclusions for each Life Transitions 30 unit. I posted this on Twitter and emailed it out to my colleagues. There were enough responses to move forward. However, the response rate was not as robust as I had hoped. I would love to hear some suggestions on how I could encourage more participation next time! Any ideas?
I proceeded down my path of discovery and created a concept map of potential ideas and possible structural formats. These led to the formation of my seemingly-endless draft documents! Over the last couple of weeks, I reached out to my fellow students, co-workers, and adult basic education colleagues to find individuals willing to share some of their time in reviewing my ideas and drafts – multiple times. I am incredibly grateful to those who provided encouragement and suggestions at this stage of development – Carolyn S., Pat P., Stacy C., Bart M., and Leah T.
LINK TO THE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE DOCUMENT:
Welcome to the end of this path. It is time to settle down in my coziest chair and enjoy the soft rainfall outside. I invite you to click on the link to view what I have created.