Digital Citizenship

“…students are often not learning to be safe and responsible Internet users at home, so schools and teachers must make sure that students are acquiring these skills in the classroom; otherwise we are putting young people at risk.” -Page 7

“If we want students to be lifelong learners, they should see learning as something that can happen at any time, but by keeping technology out of the classroom, we send the message that school is separate from “real life.” ….Incorporating digital worlds and digital citizenship into the curriculum helps bridge the gap between school and home.” -Page 9

Digital Citizenship in Saskatchewan Schools – Policy Planning Guide

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Ribble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship – Reflections.

Here are some of my own notes and takeaways of the main points from the guidelines;:

-Respectful and appropriate communication to and with others

-Allowing children to fully participate in digital society

-Understanding ethics, laws and legalities

-Understanding the implications of digital communications and digital footprint

-Teachers must develop their own digital literacy capacities first; then they can pass this important knowledge on to students

-How money is spent online, taking care and cautions, and avoiding scams

-Exploring freedom of expression and protection from bullying and harassment online

-Balancing physical and emotional health and wellness with internet use

-Protection of personal data, protection from viruses

-Bring your own device policies and programs: There are benefits to letting kids use their own devices!

As Educators, we must:

-Always be teaching at age and grade appropriate levels, embedding knowledge within various subjects whenever possible and appropriate

-Be familiar with outcome and indicator goals and incorporate appropriate teaching and learning within these contexts

How to connect Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship with grade levels, subjects, outcomes and indicators?

-Introducing digital literacy as a core learning goal, at the beginning of each school year

-Use of multi-disciplinary learning: For example, embedding digital literacy practices into other subject areas. E.g. As learning increasingly uses more digital software and platforms, digital literacy practices accompany.

-As the class becomes more familiar, asking them to draw upon their knowledge and share with classmates and teachers what they have learned and are practicing

-Children learn to analyze, and explain the purposes of digital literacy practices, breaking it down into step-by-step practices and purposes

-Schools become digitally literate, and it becomes a common school language

-Children understand the knowledge and expectations appropriate for their age and learning level, and are able to apply these skills in the classroom.

How can you integrate digital citizenship into your future classroom?

-Have regular, open-ended discussions with students

-Keep a list of goals and priorities on the wall

-Allow students to reflect and grow on their digital experiences

-Teach scenarios: “What is the worst that can happen?” and “What does healthy digital citizenship look like?”

-Create mini workshops and tutorials for parents to help keep them updated, educated and informed

Student’s need to develop twenty-first century skills!

Apollo Research Institute’s 10 key skills critical for the future workforce are:  


-social intelligence  

-novel and adaptive thinking  

-cross-cultural competency  

-computational thinking  

-new-media literacy 


-design mindset  

-cognitive load management  

-virtual collaboration

Supporting digital fluency will help nurture the development of these skills.

Using iMovie in the Classroom: Ideas!

Some ideas for using iMovie in the Classroom. And how does this fit in with the SAMR Model?

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As I read about ways to use iMovie in the classroom, I can’t help but think about some of my own ideas and inspirations for classroom learning.

  1. Use for collaborative learning
  2. Projects for kids to share their learning experiences with their parents (and classmates!)
  3. Telling Stories
  4. Helping kids to learn step by step processes
  5. Documenting classroom experiences
  6. Field trip videos!
  7. Doing a photography project and creating a slideshow with music
  8. Self-Awareness and Awareness of others practices: Using media to help kids talk about their personality qualities and how they see themselves and others.
  9. Making videos about feelings. E.g. What does Peace look like? What does Peace feel like? Etc. 
  10. Incorporating nature into the classroom using video technology. Why not get out and film a river flowing for a while, and then make an iMovie to play as a peaceful background during quiet reading or reflection time?! Kids could learn the story and history of this river, spend some time at this river as a class, and then connect with this river via video in this classroom while they work.
  11. Increasing access and connection to First Nations culture by various forms of video. Creating community partnerships and engaging in projects to increase availability of relevant video materials to students. Ideally, students are part of these projects and feel connected to the videos.
  12. Classroom video exchange – The next step up from Pen Pals – A video exchange group between two cross-country (or cross-world?) classrooms!

SAMR Model:

This is my favourite depiction of the model.

How Does iMovie fit into the SAMR Model?

The use of iMovie easily slides across the three furthest domains of Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition. With iMovie, there is space and opportunity for functional improvement in learning (Augmentation), resdesigning tasks (Modification) and redefining how kids learn entirely!

Here are a few helpful articles with useful tips and ideas:

Six Ways to Enhance Students Learning Using iMovie

Five Ways to Use iMovie in the Classroom

Using iMovie: My first take!

Last weekend, I set out to use iMovie for the first time.

I was nervous. I was born a perfectionist, but over time, my values have softened to becoming more realistic and gentle with myself in my own processes. However, I was definitely feeling my own internal pressure to make the first video as well as possible.

After watching a few iMovie tutorials, and checking out some videos made using iMovie, I felt ready for my next steps.

  1. Set up a shooting space in my bedroom
  2. Record video using iPhone and my Logix Flexpod
  3. Snap some photos 
  4. Use Voice Memos App on iPhone to record an audio file

Later Steps:

  1. Use Text Art app to create a thumbnail for the video
  2. Create YouTube Space for uploading and sharing the video

Using iMovie

  1. Open a New Project
  2. Name the project. To do this click the back arrow with “Projects” in the very top left corner. A new window will appear. You can enter in the title of your project here.
  3. Upload media into Project Media space. You can do this by browsing media, and pulling it into the Project Media space. I got my Project Media ready with all the files I needed first: Videos, Audio clip, and photos, so that I was ready to go!
  4. Drag down media into the bottom half section of the screen to begin putting the iMovie together. For my movie, I wanted to overlay an Audio clip with the videos. All I had to do was drag each of these files into the bottom section.
  5. I learned that to clip and delete files you need to: click on the first section then “command B” – then click on the end “command b” and hit “delete.” It is that simple!
  6. Then I could just move the video and audio clips around slightly, drag down the pictures to where I wanted them, drag out the pictures for the length of time I wanted them to play for.
  7. After getting the basics figured out, I realized I could add a short sound effect clip at the start of the film. There are many free songs and sounds that come with iMovie. I used a rain sound.
  8. I also figured out how to zoom in and out of photos for different effects.

It was a solid learning experience for me. I feel happy with my work, as a first time user. I have so much yet to learn, but I feel grateful to have figured out the basics! It was exciting to make a YouTube Channel – I am working on plans to make more videos in the future.

Here is the final product: