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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.
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.
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.
Eighth graders make a digital movie of a school event. In this movie making lesson, 8th graders work in groups of three to develop a movie of a school event using a digital video camera and a digital still camera. They develop a five-minute DVD movie that includes music using computer software.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars explore digital communication by participating in a critical thinking activity. In this Internet safety lesson, students discuss ways to protect their identity on the Internet as well as preserving friendships. Young scholars complete a digital citizenship worksheet in class and discuss how cell phones need the same digital restraints as the Internet.