Course Two: Final Project

Below you will find links to two Google Presentations. My intention with the shorter presentation (Classroom Digital Citizenship Contract) is to print it out and use each page as a classroom contract that is signed by each of my students and then conspicuously placed on our classroom walls as a yearlong reminder! It will live next to my “Respect for Self, Others, and the Environment” classroom contract posters that I make each year.

Before getting signatures, I will spend at least one to two 45 minute periods teaching a lesson on each of the four aspects of the Classroom Digital Citizen Contract (CDCC). I have spent hours browsing Common Sense Media (linked below) and I’ve found a wealth of lessons, videos, etc. The second Google Presentation is a lesson that me and my fellow Coetailer Paula created as our first lesson. In creating this lesson, we both realized that we were re-inventing the wheel, but it did help us practice our picture searching and abiding by copyright law skills…

Where is the new AUP for our school? Our school, which is only six years old, is unique in that the school’s technology leader is also in charge of the apartments, condos, townhomes and stand alone homes on our compound. He maintains a server that provides Internet access to most of residents as well as the school. The “use” agreements for the school are written threateningly and they basically say if you “abuse” x, y or z then you will be cut off. The threat is for all of us who live in this community and I’m sure the document was drafted by an attorney in the states.

With that said, Paula and I realized that the AUP documents that parents sign put the entire burden of creating digital citizens on the parent. We, as teachers who want to integrate technology, must take up that burden for ourselves.

As I’ve been experimenting with tech tools this year, I have found myself having more and more “classroom meetings” about digital issues. Cyber bullying came up about one month ago when three of my grade 4s came to me with their heads down. I was shocked that it took them one month to tell me about the incident as I naively thought that our tiny class of 11 was so tight that my students would inform me immediately if any type of bullying transpired. I mean, we started the year with a character education unit right; didn’t that seal the deal? Call me delusional…

Are you wondering what the kids did? Basically, my three stood by and watched a 4th student take the cell phone of a 5th student. That 4th student made crank calls to 6th student: four bystanders, one bully, one victim! Needless to say the relationship between student 4 and student 6 is now permanently broken.

The lesson that I share with you below is the first technology lesson that I plan to use next August with my new grade 4s in my new school in India. I am confident that starting out next year with a handful of lessons that then lead to the signing of a digital contract will lead to positive year of technology integration.

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators

Link to Classroom Digital Citizenship Contract aka Media Agreement Posters

Link to Bystander.Upstander Lesson

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  1. Hey Britt – its me again! Being able to read your experience on your final project for Course 2 provides clarity for me. I can see how important having ingrained a sense of digital citizenship and an AUP is for our students. It also helps for me to see how I might tackle the project on my own.

    Do you think the AUP is transparent at AISC? I wonder how things differ between the HS and MS?

    • Recently I was told that parents must sign a form which states that their child’s picture “may not” be used vs. signing a form to give permission for use. In my classroom, I emailed all of the parents and I asked them to write to me if they did not mind if their son/daughter posted photos on their blog. Only about 6 families wrote that photos are okay. Interesting that the majority do not want pictures of their child on their child’s blog. As a mother of a parent who did read through the entire handbook and sign the handbook document, I do not recall reading about permission around posting pictures. I don’t mind if my daughter’s pictures show up on our website, but I do think that the school should flip their permission policy. I think I should have signed a form giving the school permission to use my daughter’s photos. Right?

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