One project that I really loved doing the last two years was the Math Tutorials. Students worked in pairs or individually to design and create a short tutorial using Explain Everything that showed their numeracy learning. We did this project twice through the course of the year: early in the year, and then towards the end during review. I created my own version of the project as a model. Read More
Eighteen months ago we made the slightly crazy decision to buy four iPads for me to use in the classroom. The application and purchasing process to get apps on the shared elementary iPad cart the school owned was very lengthy so I just got my own. Expensive but easy! Read More
In continuation from the previous posts about sourcing creative commons licensed images, this post will be about how to use those images, together with your own, to create amazing content!
Now that the justification for ethical use of images has been laid and we understand a bit more about Creative Commons, we can start learning the strategies for finding and using such images. Read More
One of the best resources student can learn to use to help them find images is Creative Commons licensing. In this post we will learn a little more about licenses and there is a great “cheat sheet” that explains each of the symbols.
Creative integrity is an important element of digital citizenship. Students need to develop and practice strategies to ethically create and consume information. This will help them to form a positive and responsible digital identity from the outset. One important element of this that is generally overlooked is using images ethically. Read More
One thing I find disappointing about “digital citizenship” in schools is the focus on the negative. Cyberbullying! Privacy! Safety! Oh My! What about the good parts? What about the excitement and satisfaction you feel when finishing a project and sharing it online? What about all the amazing opportunities students have to create, share, and participate in the digital world?
This is what I’d like to focus on: student created content and preparing students to be active digital citizens who create content.
- what type of content can students create and share?
- what skills do students need to acquire?
- what kind of scaffolding do students need during projects?
These are just some of the ideas and questions I have been thinking about. These blog posts are about making my thinking visible for reflection, feedback, and refinement. So… lets begin…