My colleague @lindarubens pointed me in the direction of a fantastic post on Digital Citizenship by Craig Badura. Craig’s ideas are simple but effective because they ask students to do a very important learning technique: Make a connection between ‘unrelated’ topics.
CONNECTING LIFE : ONLINE & OFFLINE
Forcing them to make the connection asks the students to think on a deeper level. I have found in the past that only using digital examples encourages some students to assume they know it all. Kids will say, ”I know all about Facebook, sir” without considering properly, any wider ramifications of their online actions and switch off to some extent.
So, you know me! I couldn’t resist putting these ideas into individual slides that I could use as weekly topics aside my normal teaching. My favourite three are Toothpaste, Tattoos and “First impressions” as these will have increasingly long-term and effects on young people from now onwards.
Here’s the PNG version but there’s also a full 24MB PDF is here
There’s lots of talk of the SAMR model, which simplifies the common process that people go through when introducing any technology, designed by Ruben R. Puentedura. This of course applies to introducing iPads too. There are 1000s of great examples of iPad use in primary / elementary schools but not as many in high schools. I thought I would produce a version of this process that is common with many teachers in secondary / high schools. It’s a little tongue-in-cheek but might give some people ideas about how it relates directly to pedagogy.
I have many colleagues who have gone through something very similar to this: