Last week was a good but busy week at the school. I have been doing an introductory unit in my new Business/Technology 09 class on digital citizenship. I found many good sources but the one that I liked most was a program called Digital Bytes (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/training/9-12/digital-bytes) put out through @commensense media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/). Students looked a videos from a variety of digital citizenship view points from footprints (I prefer concept of tattoos) to cyberbullying to business ideas and more. Students were engaged in the materials but more importantly shared and posted reflections and images to show their learning (http://oneillbt09.wikispaces.com/Digital+Citizenship). I was really impressed with the quality of the work the kids did and was impressed how they used the tools of Sway (https://sway.com/) and Adobe Spark (https://spark.adobe.com/) to create reflections and images. I would highly recommend checking out this activity and looking into becoming a common sense media certified digital citizenship educator. This unit couldn't have coincided better with a presentation we have last Monday through Sask Tel's I Am Stronger project (http://iamstronger.ca/). We were lucky enough to have Dr. Sameer Hinduja (http://www.hinduja.org/)c ome and address our student body on the pitfalls in our digital lives. This also kicked off our school's Titan Acts of Cyber Kindness (#TRACK2017 - https://twitter.com/i/moments/831387255973351424) campaign. Student response has been great and it is great to see the positive messages getting out there. Our digital lives are important to examine and reflect upon as there are many challenges both positive and negative that are out there that shouldn't be ignored or left to chance.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.