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End of WEEK 2: Need a little fun because you’re caught up?

September 4, 2015

I’m gone today, and some of you are finished with your TED reflections and some of you are not. If you are not, get to it! If you are, try playing around with Google Draw. When you sign into your Google Drive, under “new” you have an option for “more”. Following that, you have an option for Google Drawings. It’s a pretty simple app, but it can be used for perhaps more than you first consider. Remember that Svitak tells us that as we get older, we see limitations in the things we can do so we often lose creativity. Bust out the creativity, and think of something awesome you can do with Google Draw.

To get you started, this Pinterest posting lists (in a cute infographic) several ways one could creatively use Google Draw. It’s only a small leap in your imagination to come up with more ideas. For some quick how-tos to save a little time check out this graphic posted by education blogger Alice Keeler.

To have your mind officially blown, check out what this artist was able to do with Google Drawings.

Now, time to go play.

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WEEK 3: GETTING OUR BLOG ON

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January 19, 2015

This week, we’ll look at some blogs, see what parts are what, then delve in with you getting your own blog up and running.

Monday: Martin Luther King Day and, as it happens, Professional Development Day for teachers.

Tuesday-Wednesday: Blog introduction, we will look at a few examples and where to find what on the WordPress site. If you are behind on your TED reflection, it is up to you to complete it outside of class. You may use this lab before school, lunch or after school or you may complete it at home.
Discuss posting and commenting, Home page and About page and their type of content. There may be time to explore WordPress sites for ideas.

Thursday: Begin creating blogs, tackling minor tech problems and learning things as we go. You’ll have a handout for steps, but instructions are also under the Projects tab of the DigiComm site, too. Set up username, password, blog name; choose theme, write tagline, explore widgets.

Friday: Continue working on blogs. Changes to theme, tagline and widgets can be made later. Draft introductory post on home page, bio information for About page in Google docs, share for feedback, revise. Post intro content to Home page as posts –> add. Post bio content by going to About page and edit page. About is a static page. You have to edit its content to change it.
Finally, post the TED video reflection as a new post to the Home page, along with a link to the video (or, posting from home where YouTube isn’t blocked, you can embed the video where the frame shows in your post).
You’ll find a Tech Use Survey in the DigiComm Shared Google Drive folder. Please complete it sometime this week to help me in planning for this semester’s class.

Underlined items are items for the gradebook. Standards are listed under the Standards tab on the DigiComm Home page.

The TED video reflection will be graded on Speaking & Listening standards 10.3, 10.4 & 10.5, regarding analyzing Svitak’s speech and presenting your speech. The written part of the assignment will be graded on Writing standards 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, & 10.6.

Creating a blog will be graded on ISTE Communication & Collaboration standards 2.a & 2.b as well as Tech Operations & Concepts standards 6.a, 6.b, 6.c & 6.d.

Since each of these assignments, the TED reflection and creating a blog, is graded on two standards, they will each receive two grades, resulting in four, total. We will discuss my standards-based grading system next week. Until then, explore the Standards tab as it relates to each assignment.

WEEK 5: YOUR DIGITAL TATTOO

Sept. 13, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you.

Monday: We will quickly review important aspects of blogging that you were introduced to last week. Then it’s time to think about our Digital Tattoos. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Tuesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Wednesday: We will begin working on a new project to be posted later, but if you haven’t finished your post on building up a positive digital tattoo or digital dossier, use any spare time for that.

Week 6 – Digital Footprints

February 10, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital footprints. Check back later as more develops on the lesson.

Monday: Today is a catch up day. Several of you are behind by an assignment or two or some personal posts. Take advantage of today’s extra time, and catch up!

Tuesday: Time to think about our Digital Footprints. What’s a digital footprint? Check out this video:

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Wednesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your DF, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital footprint for others to find? What will the plan include?

Thursday – Friday: Continue working on your Digital Footprint post assignment, and don’t forget to add a personal post to your personal post page by Friday.