Digital literacy and Citizenship syllabus

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Grades 6-8


  • 1.Digital Literacy and Citizenship 2013-2014 Instructor: Mrs. Joyce Loureno Pereira E-mail: Edmodo codes iTunesU 6A: dhqyfy 6B: jtpx8p 6: FYE-A99-38C 7A: m8sdwj 7B: 4ridqo 7: ELQ-HTK-7AE 8A: 84k2d9 8B: r9mita 8: FLW-TLX-LD2 "The promise of the future lies not in technology, but in YOU." - G. Beekman and M. J. Quinn Course Description: Digital Literacy and Fluency is a research-based curriculum that offers a balanced approach to digital literacy education. Developed by Common Sense Media and based on the work of Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, this curriculum emphasizes skill building, critical thinking, ethical discussion, and decision making using case studies and real-life scenarios. The curriculum is divided into the following eight major topical strands: Course Purpose: Digital media and technology are evolving at a dizzying pace, bringing with them extraordinary opportunities as well as real risks for young people. Young people are using the immense power of the Internet and mobile technologies to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. But issues that emerge with this 24/7 connected culture from identity theft, to cyberbullying, to uncertainty about which information to trust online are surfacing both in schools and at home. Common Sense Media empowers students to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world. The curriculum: Introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media Helps students explore the complex issues of our connected culture Empowers students to build digital literacy skills for life

2. Course/ Teacher Objectives: 1. Enable the student to evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of IT by individuals, families, communities, organizations and societies at the local and global level 2. Develop the students understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and to evaluate their impact on a range of stakeholders 3. Enable students to apply their knowledge of existing IT systems to various scenarios and to make informed judgments about the effects of IT developments on them Student Objectives: (Adapted from the Common Sense Curriculum Overview) Internet Safety Students will explore how the Internet offers an amazing way to collaborate with others worldwide, while staying safe through employing strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections. Digital Footprint and Reputation Students learn to protect their own privacy and respect others privacy. Our digital world is permanent, and with each post, students are building a digital footprint. Students will self-reflect before they self-reveal, and will consider how what they share online can impact themselves and others. Privacy and Security Students learn strategies for managing their online information and keeping it secure from online risks such as identity thieves and phishing. They learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes, and how to analyze privacy policies. Self Image and Identity Students will explore their own digital lives, focusing on their online versus their offline identity. Students will learn the benefits and risks of presenting themselves through different personas and the effects on their sense of self, their reputation, and their relationships. Relationships and Communication Students will reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities. They will delve into the concept of digital citizenship and digital ethics, and reflect on their online interactions. Information Literacy Students will be able to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students will learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit. Cyberbullying Students will learn what to do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation. They will explore the roles people play and how individual actions both negative and positive can impact their friends and broader communities. Students will be encouraged to take the active role of upstander and build positive, supportive online communities. Creative Credit and Copyright Living in a copy/paste culture, students will reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, students will learn about copyright and fair use. Technology- the following tools are expected to ensure student success Gmail address iPad Edmodo Suite Solutions (Web 2.0 tools and Apps) 3. Major Assessments: Scenario Troubleshooting The purpose is to assess the students ability to demonstrate the student objectives mentioned above. Products and Productions Students will demonstrate their IT knowledge and skills through the development of multimedia productions and presentations. Grading Scale: Adopted from Mr. William Tolley The following categories will be used to organize student work and assignments. Example point totals are included. (These are representative examples, not rigid rules.) Projects and Productions 100 Scenario Troubleshooting 80 IT Development and Fluency 70 Quizzes 40 Course of Study: subject to change as determined by instructor 1st Quarter 6 7 8 IT Fluency Research Databases/ Powerful Presentations Suite Solutions Haiku Deck/ Glogster Prezi Flowboard/ Snack Tools Strategic Searching Strategic Searching Identifying High-Quality Sites A Creators Rights A Creators Responsibilities Rework, Reuse, Remix 2nd Quarter 6 7 8 IT Fluency Digital Storytelling Suite Solutions Bitstrips Zooburst Storybird Digital Life 101 My Media Which Me Should I Be? Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line 3rd Quarter 6 7 8 IT Fluency Digital Creations Suite Solutions Animoto GoAnimate PowToon Whats Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding Safe Online Talk 4th Quarter 6 7 8 IT Fluency Code Quests Suite Solutions Hopscotch Scratch Game Salad Trillion Dollar Footprint Scams and Schemes Internet Privacy