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Living in a Digital World
What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Is it the same as face-to-face communication? In small groups, learners discuss the differences between digital and non digital life, how they are different and what each environment can offer. They then complete an at-home assignment where they document how much time they spend using computers, phones, or other such devices. When they reconvene, they discuss what being a good digital citizen means with regard to rights and responsibilities and then they set up a class blog or wiki in order to practice their new skill.
Digital Life 101
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media use quide and vocablary list.
Telling It the Digital Way: Stories of Sports Spectacular Stand-outs
Fifth graders design, develop, and produce a five-minute biographical video presentation highlighting the life of a famous athlete. They conduct Internet research, dress up as their favorite sport figure as another student films them narrating their movie, and present their movie to the class.
Your Digital Footprint: Leaving a Mark
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital footprint can be used for or how it can impact your future. They watch a video, engage in a class discussion, learn about cookies, and fill out a worksheet. This is an important topic that is thoroughly addressed throughout the instructional activity.
Working Together Digitally
Now that your kids know everything about the world around them, it's time to get them familiar with the importance of connecting and communicating with other people using digital technology. They engage in two different activities that help them reflect on all the ways technology helps them research, connect, collaborate, and create. The lesson is very well thought out and addresses many facets of digital literacy and online safety.
Creating Oral Presentations
New to presentation software? Whether used as a teacher resource or to inspire your class, the step-by-step procedures detailed by a tutorial from Inspiration® software will insure top-flight slide presentations. Examples, illustrations, extensions and adaptations are included.
Performance-based Assessments for Digital Circuit Competencies
In this electronics worksheet, students construct 43 circuits based on the schematic diagrams. They compare prediction with actual measurements.
Inspiration: Creating Oral Presentations 1
Use Inspiration® software to plan and create effective and engaging oral presentations in any subject and for any topic. Learners focus on the basic elements of this software; next, they customize the presentation to fit their needs. Inspiration Software can be downloaded for free using a resource link included in this resource.
Although originally designed for young film makers who wanted to enter their videos in a contest, the step-by-step instructions included here would serve as a guide for any video project. Classes with no access to video editing software could develop their proposals and create storyboards. Extensions and assessments are included.
Privacy in the Age of Video Surveillance: This Is Not Your Father's Candid Camera
Eighth graders examine the use of video surveillance in the corporate world and other life situations. In groups, they determine how many times and in what situations they believe they are being watched. They use the Constitution to identify any part of it that might protect them. To end the lesson, they determine the differences between security and privacy.
Welcome To Middle School Video
Students create questions to pose to adults working in Middle School. In groups, students create a video interviewing the Middle School staff. They edit the video and format present it as an introduction to Middle School for perspective students.
Video Game Violence: Explore Possible Impacts
Introduce middle schoolers to the issue of video game violence with a multifaceted approach. Learners complete a gaming survey, as well as read and discuss a news feature about violent video game sales and a handout on stimulus addiction. They then compare preferences and playing habits among boys and girls, evaluate ads in gaming magazines, review industry ratings, and write a short opinion piece about the impact of violence in video games.
Digital Video Photographers
Young photographers explore the world of digital videography. Learners take videos with a digital camera, upload them to a computer, then utilize iMovie software to put together a presentation. This should be an exciting learning experience for first graders, and older kids as well.
My Community: Up Close and Personal
Students become familiar with local community life by gathering information and designing booklets which become part of a bulletin board display about the community. Each student creates a slide to contribute to a class presentation about the community and participates in presenting the information to students from a different community.
Activism or Slacktivism? The "Stop Kony" Campaign as a Teachable Moment
Engage your learners in global events. The makers of the film Invisible Children began the Kony 2012 Campaign to bring awareness to the Lord's Resistance Army. You can show your class the video Kony 2012 and spark discussion with the questions provided here. Scholars then produce their own questions and videos to share with their community. Other articles compare the perspective shown in the initial video, and several other projects are available.
Documenting Child Labor in Nepal
Fourth graders, using Apple's iMovie, create a digital documentary to raise awareness about the existing child labor in Nepal.
Eighth graders research the historic development of a chosen technology and examine how function specialization has driven many technological improvements. They create a storyboard timeline, write a script and then dramatize the development of a technology.
Our Troubled World: A Study of Global Issues
Learners examine global issues. In this current events lesson, students use Internet research and interviews within their community to focus on 1 global issue in order to create a presentation regarding it.
One Vs. One Hundred
Students explore the concept of place value. They differentiate between digits and their values as it related to addition and subtraction. Through the use of technology and manipulatives students investigate the place value of digits by relating it to money.
Digital Curation: Life and Times of Mark Twain
By digitally organizing research, your class leaves a legacy for future learners on the life and times of Mark Twain. Before reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, scholars conduct group research projects on one of six (listed) topics. They focus on recognizing reliable sources, digital curation, and a final presentation. Each group adds a section to a class LiveBinder, a free online organization tool. Spend ample time tutoring groups on this program. No worksheets included.