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It’s hard to believe that the semester has come and gone and I am writing my summary for my major project! I started this class with very little knowledge on digital citizenship and media literacy. Even after the first few classes I wasn’t quite aware of how encompassing these concepts were for the course. I had chosen option 1 for my major project and had proposed created some math blended lessons. I naively believed that by using technology to create my resource I was hitting the ‘mark’…it wasn’t until a few classes later that I realized how far I was from the heart of the assignment.
Please watch my vlog to hear my full journey for my major project. I created this page on my website in order to help others see the journey I went on to create a digital citizenship website for primary grades. I wanted other educators to understand that it is okay to go from teaching the bare minimum to imbedding it into almost every lesson. The change in my personal teaching pedagogy was the foundational piece to my drive to compile and create my lessons and resources. You can also visit my Wakelet where you will see how my project evolved through my blogs and my resources.
How I began my project once I settled on a destination:
- Researched the blended/flipped approach
- Researched existing Digital Citizenship lessons, websites, and resources
- I tried to email a teacher who had created a digital citizenship website for elementary aged students but I never heard back
- Looked at my year plan and my past digital citizenship lessons
- Looked at the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship
- Looked at the SK documents for teaching Digital Citizenship
- I then started looking specifically at each of the 9 elements of DC and my year plan to find ways to create cross-curricular lessons
- I used an adapted version of the RCSD Connected Educator lesson plans to create my lessons
- As I created each lesson I would think of a way to create a blended lesson that the students could complete at home with their parents, this piece was foundational to each of the 9 elements. I had remembered when our discussions in EC&I832 were focused on DC and the lack of knowledge that parents can have with it all and I was determined to find a way to incorporate parents in the learning process.
- After I had written out all my lessons I then filmed my 9 blended lessons that went along with my 9 cross-curricular lessons
- Throughout all of this research I was accumulating resources and trying to figure out a way to best present my project. I had shared my idea with some fellow teachers and that is when I decided I would try my hand at creating a website.
Steps to creating a website:
- I had to research and choose the best FREE website creator
- I then taught myself how to edit and manipulate the website to become the desired outcome I was envisioning
- I quickly realized that I enjoyed the freedom to design every last detail of my website
- I was able to add personal information, a rationale page, all my researched resources, my created content, and a summary page
Overall I am very pleased with the outcome of my project. It was definitely a major learning process for me to not only figure out how to imbed DC into my lessons but also to create blended lessons and an entire website! I know that the process has forever changed the way I look at DC and the ease at which I can now teach the 9 elements and encourage others to do likewise. I also am glad I now have a resource to consult and to direct other educators to as well. I chose to release my major project early in light of the changes in our teaching environment with Covid 19. I had a friend who was giving her children technology access for the first time at home and she was thrilled to have this resource to consult for not just her children but also herself! I am so grateful for the opportunity I had for deep learning of DC before this pandemic hit. I now can roll out distance learning with DC imbedded throughout my teaching.
Thank you to my classmates who helped guide my project with their comments and reviews. I also appreciated the amazing resource sharing that took place through Twitter; either my peers sharing or my own sharing as I discovered resources. It was such a neat way to design a resource!
Here is the link to my website! Enjoy! Please share your feedback!