For my final project, I used Canvas and Google for Education to deliver Digital Citizenship curriculum for students and teachers. The curriculum came entirely from the Google for Education Be Internet Awesome campaign. Canvas is a learning management system that’s available for teachers and students in the Anchorage School District. Google’s Be Internet Awesome is the Internet giant’s way of “helping kids “be safe, confident explorers of the online world.” Click here for more details on Be Internet Awesome.
In order to prepare myself for the curriculum, I completed a relatively short and painless online course in the Google for Education Teacher Center called Digital Citizenship and Safety Course. The 1 hour, 15 minute course offered engaging videos and quizzes that completely prepared me for this final project in Emerging Technologies ED 678.
The Be Internet Awesome curriculum consists of five modules: 1. Share With Care; 2. Don’t Fall for Fake; 3. Secure Your Secrets; 4. It’s Cool To Be Kind; 5. When In Doubt, Talk It Out. The entire curriculum is outlined on a PDF. Each module consists of goals, vocabulary, talking points, aligned ISTE standards, activities, and takeaways.
The crown jewel of this curriculum are the Google Slide resources that were created for activities in each unit. The Google Slides integrate Pear Deck, which is an app that turns a Google Slide document into an interactive presentation. It’s an emerging technology that allows a teacher to interact with a Google Slides presentation, rather than sit back and watch. Click here to find out more about Pear Deck. Students are given an access code to the presentation and the teacher controls the pace of the lesson. Students are given the chance to respond to questions, brainstorm thoughts, draw pictures and conclusions that are logged for teachers to broadcast in class or keep private. Pear Deck seems to be an amazing resource to keep students engaged with their teacher and peers while simultaneously using a digital device.
To deliver this curriculum, I created a course on Canvas and I will eventually publish the course to the Canvas Commons so that any educator can access it. As of this blog post, I have only finished two of the five modules. For now, my plan is to use this course during Advisory, which is a once-a-week, 30-minute class. Currently there is no curriculum for Advisory. Most teachers use the time for students to read or to catch up on homework. I would like to use the time for students to explore digital citizenship. But who knows? Perhaps I will like this curriculum so much that I make time for my language arts and video production students to access the activities.
To enroll in the Digital Citizenship course, click this link.
Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the curriculum or Canvas.