The final project for our second COETAIL course, 21st Century Literacy Ideas, Questions, and Issues, was to create and implement a lesson plan based on the enduring understandings of the course. Our high school AUP, known as the Upper school grades 9-12 Digital Citizenship Agreement (DCA) is quite extent and, thus, in hopes of better educating our students about this DCA, myself and two other colleagues, Adrian Nolin and Wonda Ustlund, chose to design a lesson that will entail having students teaching students about the DCA through video (see below for details).
We corresponded with another group of colleagues, Dan Long, Nyoli Connor, and Michael Fox, who were working to revamp our current DCA. Seeing as we are hoping for their revision to be accepted soon, we are looking to implement this lesson plan and production of the videos as part of our weekly advisory group activities for second semester.
In brainstorming about what sort of lesson plan we could create for this project, immediately we began to discuss having the students teach each other. Especially at the high school age, students are so much more influenced by their peers than by adults, especially when you’re trying to present them with a contract that they must sign and abide by. Coming from an adult or merely having students read over such a contract doesn’t have nearly the lasting impact that having them observe their peers’ thoughts and responses to such similar demands would have. And what better way to get the point across than to have the students learn about the ins and outs of this Digital Agreement by designing fun and creative videos to relay the information to their peers.
I can envision how this will play out and, at least for my advisory group, I think they will have a blast. I say this because I have a great rapport and relationship with this group of students and we have been together in advisory for two years now. Not to mention that I have a few theater buffs in my group. That always helps. However, there are some obvious drawbacks as I ponder how this will play out across the board. As is always the case, the atmosphere in every advisory group is different and every teacher is different. Some teachers are traveling passengers on the technology train and are eager to help their student learn the proper online “etiquette”. Then you have the teachers who are so resistant to change and are digging their heels into the ground and doing their best to resist boarding the train expect for the minimal required rides. So, envisioning how this activity will look in other advisory groups, epecially for students with the “less-willing train-rider” as an advisor and trusting that they too will get an equally enriching and meaningful experience out of this activity, throws a little twist in the mix.
So my thought is that my colleagues and I who are in the COETAIL course and are working to implement this will become the front runners of this activity, have our advisory groups produce the videos and then present these videos to the student body. Who knows, they may even end up on YouTube to be shared with the rest of the online community.