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Have used Common Sense Media Curriculum sporadically throughout the past few years. I am know looking to use it regularly with my 4th and 5th graders. I have also set up a digital passport account for them all and am looking forward to using this next week. All of the resources are very well done!
Hi, I'm Cecile McVittie and I'm a teacher-librarian in Kamloops, BC. I have had the pleasure of teaching a course I've created -Information Technology 8 - to every grade 8 in our building for the last 3 years. The purpose of the course is to ensure our grade 8 students get a solid grounding in Digital Literacy and Citizenship at the start of their high school years. Teaching this course has allowed me to implement much of the work I completed as part of my Masters degree in Education Technology with a focus on School Libraries. Having seen the damage that was just beginning to happen to young people through misuse of technology (eg. cyberbullying, flagrant plagiarism, poor digital decision making leading to lost work opportunities, etc.), I wanted to begin to help students recognize that their digital lives are simply an extension of their "real world" lives. Citizenship is citizenship, whether it's virtual or real world.Hi, I'm Cecile McVittie and I'm a teacher-librarian in Kamloops, BC. I have had the pleasure of teaching a course I've created -Information Technology 8 - to every grade 8 in our building for the last 3 years. The purpose of the course is to ensure our grade 8 students get a solid grounding in Digital Literacy and Citizenship at the start of their high school years. Teaching this course has allowed me to implement much of the work I completed as part of my Masters degree in Education Technology with a focus on School Libraries. Having seen the damage that was...Toon volledige post
My elementary and middle school students play through scenarios in Digital Passport and Digital Compass, rather than playing through the events in real life. They get a sense of possible outcomes of decisions they make in the digital world, without the consequences in the real world. Common Sense Media gives me a chance to get to know my students outside of school and help them think through decisions before they make them.
I used the 1st grade lesson about virtual field trips and equating it to a real field trip and they loved it! We went to the San Diego Zoo and they were really excited about the webcams and seeing the weather in CA since we are in MD. They were fascinated my the idea of going on a field trip without leaving the room!
I have been using Common Sense media with my K-4th grade students for a few years. I love the curriculum and have encouraged so many other educators to use it as well. The students are very engaged in the lessons and we have had many meaningful conversations about being good digital citizens. It makes me so proud of the thoughts and ideas they share.
I have already been using CSM's CIPA & E-rate toolkit lessons for 6th-9th graders in my district & will switch over to the digital citizenship curriculum once I am done. I absolutely love the lessons & my students are actively engaged. They love it when I come into their classrooms & do something different with them!
I look forward to continuing the Digital Citizenship journey with the students at Steffen Middle School. This is our 2nd year with a better defined, not perfect!, digital citizenship curriculum. The 6th grade students have begun their journey with learning about identifying high quality sites and will continue next week with a discussion and activities to learn more about the dangers and pitfalls of cyberbullying. We are thankful to have Common Sense Media as a resource for our curriculum!
I recently completed the first unit of Digital Citizenship lessons with my fifth grade class, and I was totally impressed with the amount of prior knowledge and experience my students have. The discussions were quite interesting and informative. I was proud of the responsible attitudes and behaviors the majority of my students already have about internet use.
Here at Touchstone elementary, 3rd-6th graders have spent the month of school exploring and internalizing Digital Citizenship. Using Common Sense Media materials have made it easy, fun and worthwhile to implement. For lesson on "What's Cyberbullying?" I was excited to use Nearpod for the first time for students who have one-on-one iPads. I'm finding that Digital Passport along with the Unit 3 lessons for Grades 3-5 are working well for my 5th/6th students.
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