Digital Citizenship & Blended Learning

I found this weeks vlogs on Digital Citizenship to be very enlightening. I hadn’t had the chance to dig into all the difference sources that talk about digital citizenship so listening to their summaries and combination of their findings was very beneficial. Their vlogs also challenged me to reassess my own digital citizenship lessons and also begin to contemplate how my Major Project for EC&I 832 could incorporate digital citizenship.

After watching these vlogs and listening to the content from class I can’t help but reflect on my Major Project and the goals that I wish to accomplish:

  • Is my project leaning more towards to the curriculum side and less toward digital citizenship?
  • How can I include digital citizenship into my math blended learning lessons?
  • If I haven’t explicitly taught digital citizenship should I be using blended learning for my math lessons?
  • Do I need to back up and teach digital citizenship more explicitly?
  • Am I on the right track for my project?
  • Could I teach digital citizenship through a blended learning apporach?
  • Wouldn’t digital citizenship lessons benefit students and parents?
  • How would blended learning look with a digital citizenship lesson?

Time to Make a Change…

After asking myself these questions I decided I would do a google search on the words Digital Citizenship. Surprisingly the top search that was linked to the definition was ‘What is digital citizenship? (And how do I teach it?)’ I found it very interesting that the first link is related to ‘teaching it’, meaning that someone needs to be the teacher…that this isn’t something you are born knowing (aka digital natives). When I clicked the link (because I’m guilty of assuming that the first link is the best link) the second line in the article states “This is why digital citizenship is such a crucial topic to teach today’s students.” What I am trying to get at is the argument that it is assumed that digital citizenship is the school/ teachers job to teach. The other links from google mostly referred to pre-made lesson plans and activities to teach digital citizenship to students. So I started to scroll through the articles to see if there were some lessons that I could use with my Grade 1’s. However, I was not suprised to find little to no lessons directed at such a young age level (this was my first frustration that began to churn the wheels in my brain). I then started to think of my own students and what they share about their use of technology at home and I started to wonder how much parents are actually discussing concepts of digital citizenship at home, either due to lack of their own knowledge OR assumptions that their child is still too young to learn about these concepts. In my own classroom I have designed simple digital citizenship lessons; however, they are short & sweet and only kept within our 4 walls of the classroom (this was the second thought that began to challenge my intial Major Project idea). Why are we not educating parents on digital citizenship? How could I use the blended learning approach to actively engage parents in digital citizenship lessons and knowlegde? Would it be possible to create blended learning digital citizenship lessons that parents and Ss could complete and discuss together at home? Could these digital citizenship lessons be linked to curriculum topics that I am already teaching? How can I create cross-curricular lessons?

I still am not sure what these lessons could look like but as I began to search the terms ‘teaching digital citizenship through a blended learning approach’ online, I found nothing that was geared towards grade 1 level. I now feel compelled to change my Major Project topic to creating blended digital citizenship, cross-curricular lessons in order to co-teach students about digital citizenship alongside their parents. I will still be utilizing Seesaw to share the blended lessons with parents. Now that I have recognized this gap I feel convicted to address this gap. I cannot encourage technology use at home (through the blended learning approach) if I have not first taught both parents and Ss the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship. I therefore am going to embark on a detailed exploration of the 9 elements and how I can create 9 blended lesson plans on digital citizenship for grade 1 students that will coincide with curricular topics in my year plan.

Changes to my Major Project:

  1. I will NOW be creating 9 cross- curricular blended lessons to coincide with the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship
  2. I will NO LONGER be creating grade 1 blended math lessons
  3. I will STILL be using Seesaw and it’s many functions to apply the blended approach to my lessons
  4. I will STILL be using the blended approach
  5. I will NOW be reviewing my year plan to see which curricular topics I can use to teach content and digital citizenship through (cross-curricular)

New Curricular Connections:

I will be using the K-2 section of the continuum to create my I CAN statements and link the 9 elements to age appropriate expectations.

Questions/Comments:

Thank you for taking the time to read through my thoughts as I processed these changes to my Major Project. I am so glad that I called my Major Project Outline ‘living‘, as it definately is now changed (hopefully for the better). Please feel free to comment and leave suggestions/ questions!

8 Replies to “Digital Citizenship & Blended Learning”

  1. Seems like a good plan! I think incorporating Ribble’s 9 elements will be a ticket to success! They seem like solid fundamentals to me! Looking forward to see your progress.

  2. Great ideas, Sarah! I think a nice element of the blended lessons targeting both Ss and parents would be to meet with parents in person as well. This would give a chance to discuss challenges and address questions and concerns.
    Looking forward to seeing your project!

  3. LOVE the changes you have listed and will make to your major project! One moment I am worried I am behind and then I begin to reflect, switch up my blog and dabble in a few new learnings and viola! Change happens and I’m certain your major project will be tailored to exactly what you hoped to gain! Thank you or the reminder that learning and changing as we go is the reason we are in this!
    M.

  4. Hi Sarah,

    I love the idea to switch your project up! I think many of us these past few weeks have also been inspired to tweak or shift our projects in a slightly different direction due to the content we’ve been learning. I really love the idea of a Blended Learning approach with your students. I too made this shift a few years back and “flipped” my Math class, and would never go back. There are so many awesome things that can happen in your classroom when we teach using a flipped or blended approach. You probably already know her but @msroundell is an excellent person to contact in regards to this as I know she’s had lots of experience using Seesaw with her Gr. 2/3’s in a blended classroom! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.

    Matt

    1. Hey! Thanks for you comments and advice! Did you find the videos you made were reusable every year or do you tweak them based on your group of students? I have thought to connect with @msroundell but haven’t done it directly yet! Thanks again!

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