Cyberbullying Lesson in G3

Today I did the Power of Words lesson from Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy & Citizenship iBook. The lesson was about how to react to a cyberbully. Part of the activity is for the students to create a cyberbullying scenario and act it out. Record themselves in photos and share it with me. 

This is a great activity and I am really glad that I waited until this time of year to do it as the grade three students are mature enough to do this lesson nearly independently. They had a great time with this activity. 

Data Management

Let’s face it, most kids are not the best organizers. So, to expect them to be responsible for organizing their digital data is not something we can expect them to naturally do.  During the last two weeks of school I worked with all of the grade 3-5 students to back up their work in preparation for next year.

Some are moving, but many are staying so different types of back ups have been needed.  I have been pleasantly surprised that a few kids where on top of the organizing of their data, but the majority had loads of unwanted work still on their iPads and in their Drive accounts.
This got me thinking about my plan for next year.  Backing up and then deleting work is going to become a standard part of all of my lessons. It also has me thinking about what goes into digital footprints/citizenship.  Kids are now creating digital work from PK.  How do we store, share and maintain this work?  Do we even bother with keeping years of digital work?
ePortfolios are going to help give students a storage/sharing outlet.  But how much do we keep of the not “published” work?  Some kids want to keep all of the photos that they have taken from the internet while others don’t.  I find the same feelings applies to their digital work.
This year I will make sure as well that the teachers understand the need for backing up an deleting work so that it doesn’t accumulate through the year.

Digital Safety

I was very lucky to be able to sit through a discussion lead by Jim Gamble on ways to educate students, teachers and staff on how to stay safe online by controlling and monitoring your digital footprint. Jim has set up a company (iNeqe) whose aim is to help organizations with digital safety.  I loved the way his company had designed their learning modules.  Each module comes with three ways to interact with the information, perfect in a world where individualised learning and devices are becoming the norm.

They have created a whole series of videos on how to stay safe.  All of the videos are 7 seconds long.  No more having to hear people say I don’t have time to watch that or participate in that.  Who doesn’t have 7 seconds? Safety Centre contains some these videos.  They also have quick reference cards that you can use to remember the steps in the videos.

I gained many ideas not just on digital safety but also on ways to deliver support and help to my staff and students.  I love the 7 second tip ideas.  Making a series of short videos that will allow them to feel that they can accomplish a task quickly and easily. The main complaint I hear with IT related issues is that they are too complicated.  If they can be broken down into small steps that people feel that they can accomplish, then their confidence in using technology will increase.

This is exactly what Jim Gamble is trying to do to simplify digital safety.  By making the steps simple and easy to accomplish he has helped his clients see that there is no excuse for not keeping your self safe using any technology.