For those of you reading for the first time, my major project involves teaching a digital citizenship unit to my Grade 2/3 class in order to prepare them to use Seesaw to post and comment on others’ work. I’m titling my project “Fostering Digital Citizenship Through the Use of Seesaw: Creating Digital Citizens through Digital Opportunity”.
This week we began our introduction to this unit. We talked about what a community is and brainstormed a list of buildings and businesses that we would want to be included in our ideal community. Then students were given an opportunity to get creative and bring our idea of a perfect community to life. Students drew, coloured, and cut out important buildings and businesses and added them to our community of Joanville. We had a a great time arranging our buildings and creating a community that we were proud of. We could have spent a lot more time perfecting our ideas and adding buildings, but all good things must come to an end 🙂 You can see my students’ handiwork below.
After we created Joanville, we discussed what a citizen was and the expectations of how a citizen should act. To reinforce the idea of what it means to be a good citizen, we watched a video from YouTube to illustrate the point.
After viewing the video, we talked about the types of citizens that we would want to live in our community of Joanville. We discussed how we would want our citizens to act, how they should treat each other, and what kind of qualities they should have. My students came up with a large list of words to describe their ideal citizens, and I was really impressed and proud of the list that they came up with. I think their ideas were pretty great, but you can judge for yourselves!
To assess my students’ understanding of the qualities of a good citizen I had them complete the following handout found on TeacherPayTeachers
I then had my students delve a little deeper and apply this learning to themselves by having them list the ways that they could be a good citizen. We then posted these responses to Seesaw and we will revisit them once we are ready to comment on each others’ posts.
Once students were able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the concepts of community and what it means to be a good citizen, I extended this learning to incorporate the digital world. We talked about the word ‘digital’ and what it meant, as well as the vehicle which creates the digital world – the internet. We watched the Common Sense Media video of “What is the Internet” and brainstormed all of the ways in which we use the internet at home and at school.
We then discussed how we should behave when we are a part of a digital community. My students were able to connect to their prior learning and identify that digital citizens should act the same way that we would want the citizens of Joanville to act – they should be kind, helpful, friendly, respectful and responsible.
After coming to this conclusion, I introduced the idea of digital citizenship to the class by sharing another Common Sense Media video, and a Common Sense Media poster which outlines the qualities of an ideal digital citizen.
Our next steps will be to delve into the areas of why it is important to be a good digital citizen and how to practice good digital citizenship. We will then apply this knowledge in practical ways by picking up some devices and exploring Seesaw. My students have been very responsive to the work we have done within this unit so far, and I am excited to watch them learn and grow into good citizens in both the real and digital worlds.