A Safe, Savvy, & Social Major Project

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I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do for my major project prior to Dr. Mike Ribble’s guest talk in our class, but after his presentation I was able to solidify some of what was floating around in my mind and make some sort of organized plan out of it. I already knew that I wanted to use BookTok, Flipgrid, and Canva with my students, as well as jazzing up my Slides game by trying out some fun review templates, but now I feel like I have a better link/reasoning behind these choices by using Dr. Ribble’s S3 Framework of Safe/Savvy/Social and how it falls into his 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship (pictured).


This whole project started because I was feeling less than savvy about tech use myself and sometimes find myself pulling away from it in my classroom because I’m feeling unsure. I wanted to not only start getting over this fear or the unknown, but also to help my students navigate technology themselves. I think we often assume that because our students are growing up around technology that they know how to use it and are comfortable with it, but I have been discovering that this is not always true. It really resonated with me while scanning through Jill’s selected reading for the week Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools, written by our own Dr. Alec Couros and Dr. Katia Hildebrand in 2015. On page 7, it discusses the idea that we have a false perception of the digital skills of our students and that student internet usage is extremely high. This makes it really important to help students learn how to effectively navigate the online world, and so using Ribble’s Safe/Savvy/Social framework and specifically the areas of Digital Literacy/Communication, and Digital Health & Wellness from the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship, I have designed my major project for this course.


Starting with the theme of “safe” and using the idea of Digital Health & Wellness, I have decided to add an activity to my major project. Although this activity does not really use technology to complete, it focusses on awareness and finding balance in the use of technology. I would be lying if I said I made the lesson myself – I actually bought it on TPT – but it is about screen time and engages students in dialogue about how much screen time they experience in their lives and how it impacts them. I think this is a good starting point of discussion and brings some awareness regarding the time spent on devices.


The second theme is “savvy” and I’ll specifically be considering the elements of Digital Literacy/Communication. For this section I will be looking at giving students the opportunity to try out various technology. I did a quick survey of my classes and discovered that no kids have tried Flipgrid and that only a small handful have tried Canva, so I will be trying these out with my students (which means I have to learn them too!). I am going to use Canva to have my class create infographics, and flipgrid as a novel study culmination. As far as savvy for me, I am going to try to play around a bit with my Google Slides skills and try to increase engagement through some of the game templates available. I envision this is being a unit review game of some sort.


Here's everything trending on BookTok right now!The Booktopian

I am not active on social media myself, and so have always neglected this as a learning tool, but have decided to try to embrace my student’s love of TikTok this semester and work with their way of digital communication, specifically using the BookTok hashtag. This is two fold – first, we are going to use BookTok to try to choose our independent novel study choices. Secondly, at the end of the novel study we are going to create our Flipgrid videos in BookTok style – quick, concise, and creative! Students are either going to roll their eyes or love it… time will tell!

Final Question

Now that you have a general understanding of what I am up to, I’m still looking for suggestions/ideas on how to actually put all this information together into one deliverable project at the end of the semester… give me all your thoughts!

5 Replies to “A Safe, Savvy, & Social Major Project”

  1. Holly, it is so hard to commit to a concept! I have also changed my mind at numerous points, so I’m glad to see I’m not alone. I love that you are leaning into book tok, I hadn’t considered it until you tweeted about it earlier in the semester. There are lots of game templates out there, I’ve found drap and drops to be useful, as well as adding in video dice that can be paused. I’ve even played tic tac toe with a student virtually! If you are wanting some game template suggestions let me know, I’ve used lots. My favorite is creating an escape “room” that they have to solve!

  2. Nice outline Holly. We share the same concern…how do we put this into a project? I have thought about a document or presentation (PP) where I talk about the application, the process of learning it myself (reflections) and identifying all it offers connecting the elements of dig cit, your assignment details for the outcome you’re working on, perhaps a sample that you show them, adding links to student progress ( as they work through) and their actual work. Finally I would include student reflections or surveys about the booktok and flidgrid experience. Have fun and give me extra ideas you come up!!!

  3. Patricia Ives says: Reply

    It looks like you and your students are going to have a lot of fun with these ideas! ” I think we often assume that because our students are growing up around technology that they know how to use it and are comfortable with it, but I have been discovering that this is not always true. ” This is such a true statement!! No matter the age, this is similar among the students I know. My suggestion with Flipgrid is to consider where and when they will record their videos. For my students who did it at school, they needed headphones with a microphone and a quiet place.

    1. Excellent suggestion! You are right that it would be complete chaos to try to all do it in the same space at the same time!

  4. You’re so right. We often assume that kiddos know how to use technology properly, with netiquette in mind because they grew up with technology and are using it on a daily basis. We forget that kiddos need to be taught, and need to learn just like they would in a math class. I think too that many people feel overwhelmed with how to properly incorporate technology into their classrooms, that when they do, that’s the battle they are focused on. I think it would be easier, and more effective if we have a curriculum that was mandatory to focus on each year so that students were expected to know certain levels of technology before the next grade. Will some things be missed? For sure, just like the current curriculums and getting through everything. But at least more kiddos would have a better understanding of what their role is and how to stay safe and keep others safe as well.

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