In the past 3 years that I have taught Digital Literacy in CISM, I have always felt excited with each 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 second semester with Robotics and the school year ended with Makers’ Fest. Students showcased their creations using Makey Makey, Scratch programs, and robot creations. Another highlight was the presentation of the best Genius Hour projects, which inspired the whole CISM community. 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 Mobile App Development. As this is a new program, Gr. 9-10 students will start on the basic level, then eventually differentiated on the type of tasks they will complete. We aim to produce developers and designers of mobile apps that can be useful to society.
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 new Mac Mini 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!