Major Project Update!!

Since my last update, I have managed to make some more headway into developing my resource. It is by no means going to be a polished and complete document by the end of this semester, but I recognize that it SHOULD actually be a living document, so it can be updated and evolve as the needs arise. 

As I continued to create the lesson plans, I began to struggle with primarily using already made content (mostly from Common Sense Education). I looked up from my computer one day in the school library, when it occurred to me that the answer was right there! 

I frequently use (or suggest colleagues use) mentor texts to teach reading and writing strategies. So why not use mentor texts to teach Digital Literacy? I began my search for children’s literature that had a focus on the use of technology to fit the lessons I had already been developing. I quickly discovered that my own school library had many children’s books about technology. I also discovered many more books when I completed a simple Google search. I reviewed the books by looking at sample pages on Amazon and viewed some Youtube video recordings of the books. There are actually a lot of books that teach young children about using technology and the hazards of using technology inappropriately or without caution. Here are a few of my favourites:

#Goldilocks: A Cautionary Tale by Jeanne Willis

Webster’s Email by HannahWhaley

Troll Stinks by Jeanne Willis

On the Internet:Our First Talk About Online Safety by Jillian Roberts

The Fabulous Friend Machine by Nick Bland

 Tek:The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell

 Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds

Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd

The Couch Potato by Jory John and Pete Oswald

So now I have been working on finding and making activities to go with the books. It is somewhat challenging to find really good “hands-on” activities to compliment and apply to the concepts. The idea of the students taking “digital leadership” in their learning is something I am also trying to keep in mind. I am open to, and welcome, any suggestions!!

Last week, I was also able to meet (virtually) with Alec to provide some input into my project. His advice was to add a rationale at the beginning, some additional resources for educators (background on teaching digital citizenship), tips for parents, and annotating the resources used for the document to ensure teachers can focus on the important parts and not be overwhelmed with the details. I really valued Alec’s input, to make sure I was on the right track with the resource document.

My next steps are to continue to create the lesson plans with an activity and reflection of learning. I will also practice some of the lessons with students at my school to consider the efficacy and have my Grade 2 educator colleagues take a look at the document for feedback.

Here’s a sneak peek at the first lesson:

Lesson 1: Be a Good (Digital) Citizen! 

Key Understandings (DC Continuum): 

  • I understand we must treat others the way we wish to be treated, both in real life and when using technology

Curricular Connection: 

  • Social Studies IN 2.1 Determine characteristics of a community.

Essential Questions: What is a Digital Citizen? 

Key Words: digital, citizen, community

Materials/ Resources: Book: #Goldilocks: A Cautionary Tale by Jeanne Willis


Introduction: “Let’s Learn About…”What does digital mean?What does it mean to be a citizen?
Lesson: Google slides. Breaking down what each word means. “Digital” and “Citizen”. Discuss how we can be good citizens in our community (school, home, neighbourhood, city, province, country – and online). 
Read: #Goldilocks: A Cautionary Tale by Jeanne WillisDiscuss Goldilocks as a citizen. Was she a good digital citizen? What lesson did she learn?
Activity: “Let’s Practice”Show Common Sense Education Slide Show and discuss.
Reflection: “Let’s Talk About It”Draw a picture and write about how you can be a good digital citizen. Pause and Think Activity

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