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Digital Footprint and Blogging - IDEAS conference 2011


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  • 1. Teens and Digital Footprints Creating Digital Work & Being Responsible Digital Citizens Using Blogsa presentation by Shauna Pollock and Gill Crosbie
  • 2. gillian crosbie shauna
  • 3. Miss Pollock’s grade 8s in Ottawa
  • 4. When it comes to using social media withstudents, what are you afraid of?
  • 5. Get online with your students.• Meet them where they already are: “I think other teachers should try blogging because the Internet is where students spend most of their time, and they therefore enjoy completing work more.” - Kelly, grade 7, Oshawa• There is no better way to teach them essential 21st century literacy skills.
  • 6. What are the benefits to using social media?• engagement, motivation• ownership, pride, creating authentic content for a real audience• extending learning (go deeper, outside the classroom)• explicitly teaching digital responsibility (through role modeling, discussion about online persona)
  • 7. The Three Cs• Communicate• Create• Collaborate
  • 8. Communicate
  • 9. “Blogging is fun and it is a good way to read your friends’work and get feedback on your own work. It’s also cool tomake little quizzes and polls to interact with your friends online.” - Morgan, former student, Ottawa
  • 10. “Teachers should try blogging because it’s a great way to share ideas. The other students we talk with havedifferent opinions on topics, so reading them helps us to see different points of view.” - Sam, grade 8, Oshawa
  • 11. Create“I learned that using blogs is really easy and I’ve been able to accomplish work that I never knew I could do.” - Tanisha, grade 8, Oshawa
  • 12. Creating authentic productsfor a real audience
  • 13. “The best thing I’ve learned is to speak my mind more and say what Ithink. I’ve learned that I can be really creative.” - Kaitlin, grade 8, Oshawa
  • 14. Blogger allows for simple personalization“You can customize your blog and make it look so professional and you can lookback years later and see how much you accomplished.” - Melissa, grade 8, Ottawa
  • 15. Students extend their own learning, some use code to personalize
  • 16. Collaborate “Teachers should try blogging so that theirpupils have a chance to learn technologically and make new friends. Also, it can help teachers communicate and strengthen the educational community.” - Karran, grade 8, Oshawa
  • 17. Collaborative problem solving Students learn from one another
  • 18. “We all had differentideas that I personally could never havecome up with. Each of us had something to share.” - Mateen, grade 8, Ottawa
  • 19. “All the members of my group learn differently and have different strengths and weaknesses. The best parts about working with a group was the fact that we could put all of our strengthstogether.” - Hannah, grade 8, Ottawa
  • 20. Digital Buddy > Pen Pal -Digital Lit Circles -Commenting on buddy’s blog posts -Borrowing tips -Sharing ideas
  • 21. The Glorious TeenBrain and why Blogging is so Effective
  • 22. The Teen Brain• potential to learn things: neural networks enlarging, synapses develop with stimulation• makes changes depending on demands of environment: can master new technology
  • 23. • inability to make snap judgements, need for adult examples and feedback, need to be reminded of potential consequences• interested in interactions with others, developing a sense of self, identity formation
  • 24. Digital Footprint• Your digital representation of yourself and your digital reputation• DIGITAL IS FOREVER• Your online persona can be accessed by anyone with the Internet• Think before you post; you are responsible for everything you put on the Internet
  • 25. • A footprint is determined by us, as well as by others• Create positive and ethical digital footprint (would my grandparents be happy reading/seeing this?)• Most teenagers’ digital footprints are constructed by social and interest-based activities, blogging in school creates a digital component• Our digital footprints will stay with us and become more and more important in the future• Consider appropriate privacy settings Some information: David Jakes
  • 26. If you don’t teach them responsible digital citizenship...who will?
  • 27. Blogging saves paper and headaches! “There are no excuses for lost papers or forgetting your homework, as we spend a lot of time on the Internet.” - Walid, grade 8, Ottawa
  • 28. “Teachers should try blogging because it is a great wayto learn on the Internet and you can ask your teacher a question even when you are at home.” - Rob, grade 7, Oshawa
  • 29. You’re interested? How to blog with 25 teens• access to computers!• collaborate with your peers (within your school, in other schools, cities, provinces, countries - the sky’s the limit!)• create authentic tasks• provide feedback (rubric with qualifiers, checklist, self and peer evals...)• share successes
  • 30. Get yourself comfortable online• learn from playing on your own• learn from reading edublogs• learn from other teachers• learn from students
  • 31. Getting started with Teens• Practice by making blogs and comments on paper• Blogging contract• Netiquette
  • 32. How can I use this in my class?• Read blogs• Make comments on blogs• Make a class blog• Make personal blogs
  • 33. • Self directed research• Evaluating sources - Pacific Tree Octopus, About Explorers, editing wikipedia• Glogster• Avoid plagarism, cite sources• SOLEs (Self-Organized Learning Environments - groups of 4)• Effective google searches• Digital Lit Circles• Media literacy
  • 34. “Teachers should try this because students can write as much as they want, in their own time, and they can be proud of their thoughts even if they don’t have theconfidence to say them in front of their classmates. I have learned to sink deeper with my words during anassignment. I have learned to be cautious about my digital footprint and wiser about the things I post on the Internet.” - Haneen, grade 8, Ottawa
  • 35. “puts the fun back in to learning.” -Will, grade 8, Ottawa