Student Generated Digital Citizenship Topics

Today in my grade 8 DC class the students worked in table groups to come up with topics for further class discussion that mattered to them. Last class we had a very frank discussion about the legal side of taking inappropriate photos. 

Here is what they came up with:

* Online Safety – the idea of someone hacking into your computer and watching you with your own camera.  

  • This idea will lead to further discussion of the importance of passwords: creating the right one, not telling anyone, etc.

* Inappropriate (not nude) photos that people post of themselves – the idea that people are posting photos of them giving the middle finger or doing other things on social sites

*Cyber ‘Bullying/Harassment’ – We had to clarify the word ‘Bully’ and “harassment’ both of which are very important to talk about.

  • This will lead into a discussion on Canadian Laws that pertain to Cyber Bullying/Harassment

*Suicidal Accounts/Posts – There are a growing number of people online that post comments about ending their life, etc.  This group was wondering what to do about it? How do you know if it is real? 

  • We will have a good discussion about what to do and how to get help.

Of course there are the topics that I would still like to talk about:

*Photos posted online that are of you but you didn’t give the person permission to take the photo or post it.

*Lead discussions about Amanda Todd and others who have been the victim of horrible online attacks.

These kids have a lot to say about all of these topics. It is amazing to hear their point of view on even these basic of ideas.  Their insight is VERY different than mine.  I am not 13 anymore and the worries that I have as their teacher but also a parent is very different than theirs.  It will be good for me to hear what they have to say as well.


Grade 6 Digital Citizen Pledge

We started the class off by defining what a CITIZEN is. We agreed that we are citizens of the World, of Canada, of Manitoba, of Winnipeg, of our neighbourhood, of our school (GEORGE WATETS MIDDLE SCHOOL), of their classroom, and of the group they were working in.

We then talked about what a good citizen looks and acts like. They students came up with a lot of great ideas. We recorded the ideas on the board and talked about them.

Through our discussion we then found a connection between being a good citizen and being a good digital citizen.

From this, I created the DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP PLEDGE. All grade sixes at George Waters Middle School will sign and take the digital citizenship pledge.


The Gamification of Your Story

How do you take your story and make it a game? What does the game need to be successful? Below are a few of the things that your game will need to be successful:

*ie: this means that it will take us on the adventure you planned for us.*

1. A title

2. A SMALL (less than 1 stage) intro to the story

3. Instructions

4. multi levels that take us on an adventure

5. The character searching for something

6. an ending to the game – either if you win or loose – we need to know which one it is and why.

7. It all needs to make sense.

**remember that your character (sprite) needs to use their extreme sport (sky diving, scuba diving, cave diving, etc) in the game.

Plan out what this is going to look like on your iPads before you start making the game on the computer.  Think about the skills that you already have and the skills that you are going to need to learn to make this game.


Then when it is time to go onto the computer, one person can create the game while the other finds how to make the program do what you want it to.