This will be my final post about my final project! The final project process has been such great professional development for me as a teacher. It has forced me to take the time to learn and update my teaching repertoire as it relates to digital technology. I was starting to feel complacent in my use of technology in the classroom and had subscribed to the notion that I was somehow using technology by putting my lessons on a SmartBoard. I am now excited about the different avenues I have explored for having students create information. Gone are the days of student PowerPoints and posters. There are so many more interactive and engaging ways for students to show what they have learned and to publish their knowledge for anyone to see. For example, I have no idea what an infographic was until I created one. Why would students make a poster when they could create and publish an infographic that also links to their sources. The infographic below is my attempt for one on digital citizenship. It made me think that this would be a great way to summarize lab data at the end of an experiment.
I initially thought publishing information was a little terrifying, but I now think that there exists this opportunity for student projects to have a greater meaning. They can be published in public spaces, with no cost, and be viewed by anyone around the world. I think this is so exciting for students.
At the same time, the whole notion of digital citizenship needs to be at the forefront. My perspective on digital citizenship throughout my final project is that it can be incorporated easily into many existing lessons. It is not about teaching a digital citizenship unit, but more about have the necessary discussions when actively using technology in the classroom. Although my unit plans did specify which of Ribble’s Nine Elements was the focus of that particular lesson, the reality is that I would hope to get to a place where these conversations and ideas are ongoing with my students and myself while we are using digital technology.
I have now completed the scope and sequence for Science 10 and Health Science 20. The lesson outlines I created were based on the idea that I would try to incorporate digital citizenship in a lesson I would actually teach in the course. The lessons developed are all new lessons, but definitely ones that I plan to use in each course.
Overall, I feel this project was a success because it forced me out of my comfort zone and I was able to design lesson plans that I would actually use in my own classroom.