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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.
The guiding question for this lesson plan is "Do computers and their contents shape who we are?" Open with a selection of Apple's commercials to introduce stereotypes and people's relationships with their computers. Then, read the attached article with your class and discuss the five questions provided. A list of activities and extensions are also provided. Get kids to think about what an author's personal computer might contain. 
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. 
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 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.
Students work in groups to identify a topic or issue that they feel passionate about and produce a short PSA for the topic. In this PSA lesson, students select an issue or social problem to research. Students create a video or a public service announcement for the issue.
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 instructional activity is very well thought out and addresses many facets of digital literacy and online safety.
Stuents explore aspects of bravery, family relationships, and teamwork as well as the darker human aspects of deviance and confession as they read the journal of the main character Paul Fisher and dramatize events from the novel in videotape format.
Students use digital cameras and computers to create their own self-portrait. After taking their picture, they download the image and use brush and shape tools, colors and the elements of design to create a distorted portrait of themselves. They share their portrait with the class.
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.
In this electronics worksheet, students construct 43 circuits based on the schematic diagrams. They compare prediction with actual measurements.
Students examine global issues. For 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.
Explore the lives of American Indians and early settlers in the state of Ohio. Young native Ohioans (or members of another state)  research primary and secondary multimedia sources that detail the history between American Indians and Ohio settlers. Then they produce a talk show where they role-play the history between the two groups. As a cumulative activity, they make a timeline of significant events from that time period.
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.
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.
Eighth graders research the development of a technology and create a timeline and skit about it. In this technology lesson, 8th graders research the history of a chosen technology. They create a storyboard timeline and a skit illustrating the development of the technology.
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.
Students see pictures and learn vocabulary of basic computer hardware and software. In this computers lesson plan, students are shown pictures of a screen, mouse, keyboard, and other computer parts that they should know and fill out a worksheet in the end.
Students use their digital cameras to create a photo project about immigration. In this immigration lesson plan, students interview immigrants and takes photographs of them. They then present their final product in a classroom book that tells about immigration.
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.

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