In the past 2 years that I have taught Digital Literacy in CISM, I have always felt excited in every new school year. Excited because there is just so much to share, for students to learn and apply in school and their everyday lives.
Last year was a blast in Digital Literacy classes. We kicked-off Maker education in the second semester and the school year ended with Makers’ Fest where students showcased their creations using Makey Makey and Scratch program. It was a student-led event and, most importantly, it used open prompts that just let the students bask in their creativity and imagination.
Reading the students’ end of year reflections affirmed that learning is more memorable and more meaningful if students are interested and if they are in charge of solving problems. A challenge for all teachers not to be in charge, but if we think about what could make the students be more prepared for their future, teachers must learn to let go.
This school year, students will continue to learn to be digital literates, makers and innovators. The first semester will cover lessons that would develop students’ creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making using technology. A unit on digital citizenship and technology operations and concepts will also be in place.
In the second semester, we will continue with the maker education allowing students to author and create their own computer programs or mobile applications; and using technology, be able to invent practical solutions to common problems.
And making it more exciting this year is Robotics, using Lego Mindstorms. As this is a new program, all students will start on the basic level, then eventually differentiated on the type of tasks they will complete. We aim to produce robot designers and programmers that can represent the school and our country in the World Robotics Olympiad.
All units and lessons follow the International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Students.
Course Handouts, which include course expectations, units of study, assessment and evaluation, and classroom procedures, are uploaded on this blog for your reference.
We will also strive to become a paperless classroom, taking advantage of the technology tools available in school. There are 19 all-in-one computers in the computer lab, but students may bring their own devices provided they follow the BYOD guidelines set by the school.
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Have a wonderful school year to all!
Last year, we started off with teaching the basic skills to be responsible and creative digital citizens. The new school year promises a more challenging, exciting and engaging time to learn and use digital media not just in school but in everyday life.
Our first meeting will be a discussion of course expectations and classroom/computer lab procedures. This will also be a time for all students to create and log in to the web tools we will be using for the course. Some of these are Edmodo, Google Apps, and CISMConnect class blog.
Course Handouts, which include course expectations, units of study, assessment and evaluation, and classroom procedures, are uploaded on this blog for your reference. Printed copies will also be distributed for parents to sign.
Feel free to contact me at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, should you have concerns, suggestions, or just something to say.
Have a wonderful school year to all!
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In the coming school year 2012-2013, this blog will serve as our record of the things that we will be doing in the Technology classes in school. There will be a lot of new things to learn, and I can’t wait to learn together with you.
So this summer, explore technology and let’s hear your stories when we next see each other in August!
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