Olentangy Local School District

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Teaching in a Digital Age

Teaching in the Digital Age: We all know that the future involves digital learning. Education leaders must be intentional in creating a culture that will help it thrive.


Guide to Common Sense Media Curriculum

 Common Sense Media has a robust curriculum to help teachers prepare students to use computers safely, effectively and appropriately.  The following matrix summarizes the curriculum by lesson and details when certain lessons are appropriate.
 
K-2 Grades

Grades

Unit

Title

Description

When to Include?

K-2

1

Going Places Safely

Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules and remain safe.

beginning web searching, Internet safety

K-2

1

A-S-C Searching

Students search for pictures online by clicking on letters of the alphabet.  They learn that directory sites with alphabetical listings offer one way to find things on the Internet.

beginning web searching

K-2

1

Keep It Private

Students learn that many websites ask for information that is private and discuss how to responsibly handle such requests.

beginning web searching, Internet safety

K-2

1

Sending Email

Students explore how they can use email to communicate with real people within their schools, families, and communities.

using email

K-2

2

Staying Safe Online

Students understand that they should stay safe online by choosing websites that are good for them to visit, and avoid sites that are not appropriate for them.

beginning of web-searching, Internet safety

K-2

2

Follow the Digital Trail

Students learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.”  This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it.

beginning web-searching

K-2

2

Screen Out the Mean

Students learn that children sometimes can act like bullies when they are online.  They explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it.

cyber-bullying

K-2

2

Using Keywords

Students understand that keyword searching is an effective way to locate information on the internet.  They learn how to select keywords to produce the best search results.

beginning web-searching

K-2

2

Sites I Like

Students discuss criteria for rating informational websites and apply them to an assigned site.  Students learn that all websites are not equally good sources of information.

beginning web-searching

K-2

3

Powerful Passwords

Students explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.

exact delivery of lesson should depend on whether or not you have SSO

K-2

3

My Online Community

Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet.  They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community.


K-2

3

Things for Sale

Students learn that children sometimes can act like bullies when they are online.  They explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it.


K-2

3

Show Respect Online

Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages.

lessons involve difference between whatever :(; whatever!!!, and WHATEVER, focuses on online communication

K-2

3

Writing Good Emails

Students learn how to communicate effectively by email, taking into account the purpose and audience of their message, and the tone they want to convey.

Note: CIPA does not allow us to provide email accounts for students under 12.

 

3-5 Grades


Grades

Unit

Title

Description

When to Include?

3-5

1

Rings of Responsibility

Students explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens.


3-5

1

Private and Personal Information

How can you protect yourself from online identity theft?  Students think critically about the information they share online.


3-5

1

The Key to Keywords

Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.

web-searching

3-5

1

Whose Is It, Anyway?

Students learn that copying the work of others and presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism.  They also learn about when and how it’s okay to use the work of others.

plagiarism

3-5

2

Strong Passwords

Students learn how to create secure passwords in order to protect their private information and accounts online.

passwords, Internet safety

3-5

2

Digital Citizenship Pledge

Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community.  Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens Pledge.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

3-5

2

You’ve Won a Prize!

Students learn what spam is, the forms it takes, and then identify strategies for dealing with it.

spam, Internet safety

3-5

2

How to Cite a Site

Students reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do research.  They then learn how to write bibliographical citations for online sources.

plagiarism

3-5

2

Picture Perfect

Students learn how photos can be altered digitally.  They will consider the creative upsides of photo alteration, as well as its power to distort our perceptions of beauty and health.

media literacy

3-5

3

Talking Safely Online

Students learn that the internet is a great place to develop rewarding relationships.  But they also learn not to reveal private information to a person they know only online.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

3-5

3

Super Digital Citizen

Students explore Spider-Man’s motto, “with great power comes great responsibility” through the lens of digital citizenship.  They create comic strips showing a digital superhero who witnesses an act of poor digital citizenship, and then helps resolve it.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

3-5

3

Privacy Rules

Students learn that children’s websites must protect their private information.  They learn to identify these secure sites by looking for their privacy policies and privacy seals of approval.

Internet safety

3-5

3

What’s Cyberbullying?

Students explore how it feels to be cyberbullied, how cyberbullying is similar to or different than in-person bullying, and learn strategies for handling cyberbullying when it arises.

cyber-bullying, Internet safety

3-5

3

Selling Stereotypes

Students explore how the media can play a powerful role in shaping our ideas about girls and boys.  They practice identifying messages about gender roles in two online activity zones for kids.

media literacy

6-8

1

Digital Life 101

Students are introduced to the 24/7, social nature of digital media and technologies, and gain basic vocabulary and knowledge for discussing the media landscape.

media literacy




6-8 Grades


Grades

Unit

Title

Description

When to Include?

6-8

1

Strategic Searching

Students learn that to conduct effective and efficient online searches, they must use a variety of searching strategies.

web searching

6-8

1

Scams and Schemes

Students learn strategies for guarding against identity theft and scams that try to access their private information online.

Internet safety

6-8

1

Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.

cyber-bullying, Internet safety

6-8

1

A  Creator’s Rights

Students are introduced to copyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.

plagiarism

6-8

2

My Media

Students review their media habits and the array of media they use on a weekly basis, and reflect on the role of digital media in their lives.

media literacy

6-8

2

A Creator’s Responsibility

Students reflect on their responsibilities as creators and users of creative work.

content creation, plagiarism

6-8

2

Safe Online Talk

While acknowledging the benefits of online talk and messaging, students learn how to handle situations or online behavior which may make them feel uncomfortable.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

6-8

2

Which Me Should I Be?

Students learn that presenting themselves in different ways online carries both benefits and risks.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

6-8

2

Gender Stereotypes Online

Students analyze a “Dress Up your Avatar” feature of a virtual world for kids for evidence of stereotypes about boys and girls.

media literacy

6-8

3

Trillion Dollar Footprint

Students learn that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched, copied and passed on, but that they can take some control based on what they post online.

respectful online communication, Internet safety

6-8

3

Identifying High-Quality Sites

Students learn that anyone can publish on the Web, so not all sites are equally trustworthy.

web searching

6-8

3

The Reality of Digital Drama

Students draw connections between young teens’ perceptions of digital drama and stereotypes of men and women on reality TV.

media literacy

6-8

3

Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line

Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying.

cyber-bullying, Internet safety

6-8

3

Rework, Reuse, Remix

Students expand their understanding of fair use, apply it to case studies, and create an original work of fair use.

media literacy


 

³ "Going Places Safely (K-2) | Common Sense Media." 2014. 13 Jul. 2016 <https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/going-places-safely-k-2
 
 
 
 
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