Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Digital Citizenship WebQuest - Role - Classroom Teacher

Here is the instruction page for one of the roles--The Classroom Teacher--in the Digital Citizenship WebQuest I'm developing. Any critical feedback, suggestions for improvement are welcome!

One of the neat features of what Tom March had setup for the Concept Builder included an online form. Since this webquest will actually be a face to face workshop with school leaders, I'm going to replace the concept builder electronic form with a piece of paper.

Although it feels a bit archaic to use paper, there's no reason why participants couldn't copy-n-paste (or retype since there's so little to the form itself) the form into the word processor of their choice (e.g. MS Word, GoogleDocs, Evernote) on their device and then share that with their team members. The team project--Action Plan--is the key output from the group and what will be shared with the whole group.

WebQuest Concept Builder - The Classroom Teacher

We Need Your Help

Congratulations on engaging students through the use of social media tools like Twitter and Facebook Pages! Unfortunately, we've heard reports that your work is raising eyebrows with parents and school administrators. You need to get a mental picture on how other educators are approaching this issue in their school setting so you can prepare a presentation to share with various constituent groups.

You'll be guided to look closely at three main issues and to find examples (facts, statistics, quotations, or any other inputs) that you think provide important insights on the issues. After you've collected three examples for each issue, your job will be to put the information together into one statement that shares your understanding as a "Truth" about that particular key issue related to digital citizenship and social media. Finally, you will combine what you've learned into an action plan.

Exploring Examples to Discover the Truth - Individual Activity

Issue #1 - What is the connection between Digital Citizenship and Social Media?
Visit each web site, then copy-n-paste or write a 1 sentence take-away--an "infobit" on your Concept Builder Notes page.

Issue #2 - How are other educators using social media responsibly?
Visit each web site, then copy-n-paste or write a 1 sentence take-away--an "infobit" on your Concept Builder Notes page.

Issue #3 - How are other school districts handling social media usage?
Visit each web site, then copy-n-paste or write a 1 sentence take-away--an "infobit."

Focusing your Argument: An Action Plan
By looking at the Digital Citizenship and Social Media situation from the perspective of a classroom teacher, you have become an expert on the issues. Your team (and the World Wide Web community) need your expert advice. In your opinion, what would be the most effective plan of action to address responsible use of social media in schools? In other words, what do we need to do to "make it happen?" Use the truths you have learned to make sure we tap into goldmines that could help everyone and avoid landmines that could threaten us all.
Your Action Plan should be a clear statement about what should be done to encourage teachers to protect get this done. It does not have to be long, but it should be thoughtful...share your statement with the Team so that they may formulate ONE statement.
After you've developed a draft statement from your perspective, work with your team to prepare a clearly worded Action Plan statement to share with the whole group.

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