Course 2 Final Project

I am wrapping up my time as a technology integration teacher and getting ready to move back into a Grade 4 classroom teacher role next year. I thought this project would be a good opportunity to get a jump on planning for the beginning of the year and how my team and I might introduce some of the concepts of digital citizenship with our students. I collaborated with Caitlin to make this unit plan. She and her team of Grade 5 teachers have been developing a new “Who We Are” unit for next year that will span the full year...

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Empowering Our Users

After reading through the many resources on AUPs and Social Media Policies of other schools, I did some digging to really find what the policies at my own school look like. We are a one-to-one school with school-owned iPads in the elementary school and BYOD in the Senior school. Appropriate use and guidelines are a quick talking point at the beginning of the year for all students under the heading of “Digital Citizenship”, but other than that the conversations around acceptable use are few and far between except when students have acted inappropriately. The actual AUP document is rarely discussed...

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The Pursuit of Truth

How do we deal with misinformation in our social spaces? It’s a situation that we are likely all too familiar with. We log in to our preferred social media platform, and as we scroll through we are surprised by a post from a distant relative or a past acquaintance that makes us pause. “Expert confirms Flu Shot behind deadly epidemic that’s killed thousands!” There are a few responses that we might have. The most likely is to roll our eyes and keep scrolling. Or perhaps its the fifth such post from them you’ve seen, and you finally take the extra...

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#GDPR

Data protection and privacy have been a hot topic at our school for the last two years. Being an international school in the heart of Germany, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have been a significant cause of stress for tech coordinators, administrators, and teachers alike. Here is a good article from last year in TES that outlines a bit about how GDPR impacts schools, and for the really bold here are the official documents from the EU. I found it interesting reading through the US Department of Education’s Student Privacy site and comparing some of the main points of FERPA...

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Constant Connections, for better or worse

As I read through the article Rules for Social Media, Created by Kids, I couldn’t help but think of this clip from 21 Jump Street. The stories and discussion that the students in the article were having paired perfectly with the idea of “two-strapping” in both its ridiculousness and its realness. For generations “grown-ups” have been calling the trials and tribulations of youth ridiculous, but if we look back and compare the challenges of today with our own stories of growing up, we may just be able to remember how incredibly real and important it all felt back then too....

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