Digital Citizenship

One of the things that we talk about a lot at the beginning of the school year is digital citizenship. Digital citizenship refers to how our learners use their devices and develop their online reputations through posts and virtual interactions as opposed to in person. I see interactions taking place on different forms of social media and a lot of times, it is clear who has an understanding of how even virtual conversations can impact others.

To me, digital citizenship refers to the following:

  • How is the content I am creating benefiting the site I am sharing on?
  • Is the content I am consuming reputable and credible? (see Website Credibility for an activity to do with your students)
  • Would I believe the content I am reading if I heard it in person?
  • Would I say the content I am writing if the person were right next to me?
  • How am I building my digital footprint?

These questions can be separated into two categories: consumption and creation.

Consumption

This week, I was talking with a family member of one of our students. She was sharing with me that her child believed that everything that was shared on a certain YouTube channel was factual because it looked real and it seemed like something that might be plausible. Through a conversation that analyzed each event in the video and considering how everything would unfold off-line or in reality, they were able to come to the conclusion that the video was in fact made up or extremely exaggerated.

With this story in mind, it is great to remember that digital citizenship is more than just being appropriate online, it is also about knowing what information you are consuming. The attached lesson, Website Credibility, is a fun exercise to get students thinking before they cite random websites or go on believing in jackalopes. In general, are students able to recognize inaccurate or flawed information when they see it online?  How do we decipher fact and fiction when reading online information?

Through a lesson on website credibility, students will start to understand that not everything they read online is true just because they see it on a screen. Instead, they should analyze the source and think critically about how plausible everything being said really is.

Creation

Creation with technology is always a goal because it shows me that students can do more than simply understand what they are consuming; they can take their knowledge further and apply it to a product they make (blog, website, photograph, video, KeyNote, art project…).

Students are even creating when they are using our programs, like Imagine Math, to chat online with teachers. This means that they should be considerate of the words they are using and they should stay aware of how the person on the other side of the screen may feel when they see what is being created.

I would encourage students to use empathy as they are creating their online content whether it is a public YouTube video or a private chat with an online teacher, students should stay considerate of how their impact is going to affect the people seeing it. Holding these conversations and getting learners in the mindset of visualizing the person on the other side of the screen can help us make sure that our learners see the potential positive power of the content they create.


In general, the bulk of digital citizenship comes down to critical thinking and empathy – is the information being shared and viewed credible and is it going to make the internet or site a more positive place?

These ideas are great conversations to have with our students as they use their devices to connect with each other and to connect with online teachers. It is a great opportunity to help our learners develop positive online communication and social skills while they are still learning because, in doing so, we can help them feel empathy and understand how their words, even when sent from the other side of a screen still impact others.

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VAPA Weekly Announcements 8.18.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Morris for committing and following through with our parents and leading two workshops for them on using Jupiter Ed!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Silverstein, Ms. Quesada, Ms. Holly and Ms. Ana for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they worked diligently to update all the accommodations online for our SPED students so that ALL teachers who work with them have access to their accommodations, and for providing each teacher with an organized binder containing each child’s IEP!

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1) Students enjoying nutritious snack 2) Elective classes! 3) Students working collaboratively 4) students practicing sight words!

Additional Information:

  •  ImagineMath: Now that we have a site-wide license to Imagine Math in grades TK – 8th,  now would be a great time to check out the online videos and resources available on Imagine University: https://university.imaginelearning.com/imagine-math. This website has videos for instructors and students and resources that teachers can use to better understand the program.
  • Tech with Subs: please make sure that your sub plans do not rely on iPad devices. iPads should be kept locked when the classroom has a substitute. If you need to use a device as a document camera, please email Heather and Roel so they can check out an iPad to your guest teacher.
  • Girls on the Run: students in 3rd-8th grades are invited to be part of the Girls on the Run program! Please share the attached flyer with your students so they can participate in this great 10-week program! Girls on the Run 2019.2020
  • On the Blog: this week’s blog post shares the strategy called, “Doodle or Google”

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 8/27 PTO Fundraiser Assembly
  • 8/27 Lead Meeting
  • 8/29 Middle School Pep Rally

STEM Weekly Announcements 8.18.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Morris for committing and following through with our parents and leading two workshops for them on using Jupiter Ed!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Silverstein, Ms. Quesada, Ms. Holly and Ms. Ana for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they worked diligently to update all the accommodations online for our SPED students so that ALL teachers who work with them have access to their accommodations, and for providing each teacher with an organized binder containing each child’s IEP!

Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 8.24.11 PM.png

1) Students enjoying nutritious snack 2) Elective classes! 3) Students working collaboratively 4) students practicing sight words!

Additional Information:

  •  ImagineMath: Now that we have a site-wide license to Imagine Math in grades TK – 8th,  now would be a great time to check out the online videos and resources available on Imagine University: https://university.imaginelearning.com/imagine-math. This website has videos for instructors and students and resources that teachers can use to better understand the program.
  • Tech with Subs: please make sure that your sub plans do not rely on iPad devices. iPads should be kept locked when the classroom has a substitute. If you need to use a device as a document camera, please email Heather and Roel so they can check out an iPad to your guest teacher.
  • Girls on the Run: students in 3rd-8th grades are invited to be part of the Girls on the Run program! Please share the attached flyer with your students so they can participate in this great 10-week program! Girls on the Run 2019.2020
  • On the Blog: this week’s blog post shares the strategy called, “Doodle or Google”

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 8/27 PTO Fundraiser Assembly
  • 8/27 Lead Meeting
  • 8/29 Middle School Pep Rally

Doodle or Google

This week, I started reading a new book, Innovate Inside The Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and The Innovator’s Mindset, which combines the works of George Couros and Katie Novak. In the book, Couros describes the 8 characteristics of The Innovator’s Mindset: empathetic, problem finders-solvers, risk-takers, networked, observant, creators, resilient, reflection. Then, Novak gives Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies to help teachers bring those characteristics into their classroom and lessons.

While the book is full of strategies to help us create meaningful, relevant and authentic learning opportunities, a few of the strategies have really made me stop and think. This morning, I was reading the chapter “Networked” and Novak shared the strategy, “Google or Doodle.” As Novak explains this idea, she describes the steps:

“When teaching, set a timer for three minutes and encourage students to ‘Doodle or Google.’ Essentially, this allows them time to brainwrite, write questions, look up information if they need background knowledge, or take visual notes.”

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset

As I read about this strategy,  I automatically flashed back to all the times when I had my students Think-Pair-Share and how there were always one or two students who were not quite ready to share. I could see what looked like thinking going on, I knew they were strategically paired with a partner or group who would create a productive conversation, yet when the time came to actually talk, the activity would sometimes fall apart. How much more prepared would these students have been to explain their learning if I had provided them with the option to “Doodle or Google” before they were expected to share their thoughts with a partner? I am not saying that this strategy should be done all day and in every lesson; instead, it is a strategic way to help students internalize their learning and help them be more prepared to share out their thoughts, especially when they have access to resources beyond the walls of the classroom that can help them better understand the topic being discussed.

I again think of this strategy when there are times when students simply need a break from hearing a lecture, I know I have felt this at times during lengthy PDs or conferences. Doodle or Google would be a great way to keep everyone connected to the learning while giving them time to either create something that synthesizes their learning or time to get information about the topic from a different perspective by googling and doing on the spot research!

The idea of giving students the opportunity to prepare themselves and learn while respecting their voice and choice is all embodied in this one strategy. Learners have the chance to access materials not explicitly being prescribed by the teacher, they have the choice of either researching further using Google or of creating a doodle that explains what they understand and they are able to share, or voice, their product or learning with each other. I love strategies like this one that help our learners expand their knowledge beyond what our classroom or school environment can provide!

Further Your Learning:

 

STEM Weekly Announcements 8.11.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mr. Thoburn, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Bates, Mrs. Cortez, Mrs. Gallegos, Ms. Morris, Ms. Bernazzani, Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Galyen for Committing and Following Through by leading and facilitating our first Committees Meeting!
  • Shout out to Mr. Hernandez, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Arizmendi, Mrs. Boolen, Ms. Morris, Ms. Hale, Ms. Haselton, Mr. Fraser, Mrs. Trujillo for having a growth mindset as they hosted our third group of Chinese Exchange Students!
  • Shout out to Ms. Acuna for keeping all students in mind by organizing a backpack giveaway. We were able to donate 240 backpacks to kinder – 3rd-grade students!

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1) Chinese Exchange Students 2) Our new Baby Chicks 3) Backpack Giveaway

Additional Information:

  • Technology: Thank you to everyone who has scanned their devices to their cart, named their devices
  •  Adding Websites to Home screen: with commonly used websites like the CVESD student page, it is smart to teach students how to add those to their home screen so that they can easily get to the site:
    • 1. Open website on Safari
    • 2. Click the box with the arrow going up (on the right-hand side of the screen)
    • 3. Choose add to home screen
    • 4. Name the website
    • 5. Click add
  • Locking Up Your Technology: please make sure that your technology is locked up when you leave for the day – this means that computers and iPads should be inside of the iPad cart and the lock should be closed. Thanks!
  • Private Browsing Mode: when you notice that a student’s screen is black or dark when they are using Safari on their iPad, it means that they are in private browsing mode…this should not be a mode they are on because it is often used to hide searches. Please make sure that the search bar on your student’s devices is white or light grey.
  •  Imagine Leaning Galileo Assessment: when the students first login to ImagineLearning, they will see an assessment called Galileo, this should take about 45 minutes to complete. If you have any issues with the program, please email Heather Galyen
  • Tech Meeting 8/14 at 3:10: on Wednesday, August 14th we will have an informational session to go over strategies and procedures for using technology in the classroom. This will be optional for teachers who were here during the 2018/2019 school year and will be mandatory for teachers who are new to Feaster. The meeting will be held in room 401 at 3:10.
  • Read Naturally Español Nivel 1.5: we have completed the QR codes for the Read Naturally Espanol Nivel 1.5. You should have received a copy of the packet in your boxes. The QR codes are also attached in this email for you to keep for your records!

Nivel 1.5 Read Naturally QR Codes

  • iPad Cases: iPad covers should be in by the end of the week! We will send out an email notifying you when they arrive.
  • Train for Change Interviews: we will have a graduate student on campus who is conducting research to find out about teacher’s beliefs about student migration. She will be in the lounge on Monday around 10:00 AM. There will be snacks and coffee provided. The consent form and generic information about the study is attached.
  • Counseling Form: your students can now communicate with our counselor by filling out an online Google Form. See the attached PDF so you can post it somewhere in your classroom!
  • Mindful Schools: Mindful Schools is a website that offers “practical skills for self-care, facilitation, and connecting with youth, providing simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments.” The free posters and back to school resource kit are attached. You can see more of their curriculum online at https://www.mindfulschools.org/
  •  On the Blog: this week’s blog post shares an idea to help students who are stuck during their writing time – have them record their thoughts before they complete a graphic organizer and after their graphic organizer is complete. Read the entire post here: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/ipad-devices-and-writinginstruction/

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 8/19 – Induction Meeting
  • 8/23 – Bonnie’s Leadership Training

VAPA Weekly Announcements 8.11.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mr. Thoburn, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Bates, Mrs. Cortez, Mrs. Gallegos, Ms. Morris, Ms. Bernazzani, Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Galyen for Committing and Following Through by leading and facilitating our first Committees Meeting!
  • Shout out to Mr. Hernandez, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Arizmendi, Mrs. Boolen, Ms. Morris, Ms. Hale, Ms. Haselton, Mr. Fraser, Mrs. Trujillo for having a growth mindset as they hosted our third group of Chinese Exchange Students!
  • Shout out to Ms. Acuna for keeping all students in mind by organizing a backpack giveaway. We were able to donate 240 backpacks to kinder – 3rd-grade students!

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1) Chinese Exchange Students 2) Our new Baby Chicks 3) Backpack Giveaway

Additional Information:

  • Technology: Thank you to everyone who has scanned their devices to their cart, named their devices
  •  Adding Websites to Home screen: with commonly used websites like the CVESD student page, it is smart to teach students how to add those to their home screen so that they can easily get to the site:
    • 1. Open website on Safari
    • 2. Click the box with the arrow going up (on the right-hand side of the screen)
    • 3. Choose add to home screen
    • 4. Name the website
    • 5. Click add
  • Locking Up Your Technology: please make sure that your technology is locked up when you leave for the day – this means that computers and iPads should be inside of the iPad cart and the lock should be closed. Thanks!
  • Private Browsing Mode: when you notice that a student’s screen is black or dark when they are using Safari on their iPad, it means that they are in private browsing mode…this should not be a mode they are on because it is often used to hide searches. Please make sure that the search bar on your student’s devices is white or light grey.
  •  Imagine Leaning Galileo Assessment: when the students first login to ImagineLearning, they will see an assessment called Galileo, this should take about 45 minutes to complete. If you have any issues with the program, please email Heather Galyen
  • Tech Meeting 8/14 at 3:10: on Wednesday, August 14th we will have an informational session to go over strategies and procedures for using technology in the classroom. This will be optional for teachers who were here during the 2018/2019 school year and will be mandatory for teachers who are new to Feaster. The meeting will be held in room 401 at 3:10.
  • Read Naturally Español Nivel 1.5: we have completed the QR codes for the Read Naturally Espanol Nivel 1.5. You should have received a copy of the packet in your boxes. The QR codes are also attached in this email for you to keep for your records!

Nivel 1.5 Read Naturally QR Codes

  • iPad Cases: iPad covers should be in by the end of the week! We will send out an email notifying you when they arrive.
  • Train for Change Interviews: we will have a graduate student on campus who is conducting research to find out about teacher’s beliefs about student migration. She will be in the lounge on Monday around 10:00 AM. There will be snacks and coffee provided. The consent form and generic information about the study is attached.
  • Counseling Form: your students can now communicate with our counselor by filling out an online Google Form. See the attached PDF so you can post it somewhere in your classroom!
  • Mindful Schools: Mindful Schools is a website that offers “practical skills for self-care, facilitation, and connecting with youth, providing simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments.” The free posters and back to school resource kit are attached. You can see more of their curriculum online at https://www.mindfulschools.org/
  •  On the Blog: this week’s blog post shares an idea to help students who are stuck during their writing time – have them record their thoughts before they complete a graphic organizer and after their graphic organizer is complete. Read the entire post here: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/ipad-devices-and-writinginstruction/

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 8/19 – Induction Meeting
  • 8/23 – Bonnie’s Leadership Training

iPad Devices and Writing Instruction

The iPad devices are more than a tool to deliver answers to questions and a way to use the programs we have purchased as a school. Having one-to-one iPad devices in the classroom means that our options for offering our students an effective and customized learning experience are only as limited as our imagination.

This week, I was connecting with a student who was having a hard time and he shared with me that writing was a subject that was particularly frustrating. While I am sure that this was not the only thing going on with this student, I know that writing is a particularly hard subject for many of our learners. Writing is more than simply getting words on paper – it is spelling, reading, grammar, language, creativity and so many other underlying talents compiled into one part of our day.

As I was talking with this student, I started to wonder first what it was about writing that caused so much frustration. With many of our students, they are able to tell us verbally what they want to put down on paper or they are able to draw a picture that reminds them exactly what they want to say. Then the additional skills needed to actually get their words written hinder what they mean to say.

So many teachers are already providing great resources with their iPad devices during writing time – access to videos, shared notes, help charts, spell check, text to speech for those students who need it, shared documents for group writing projects and so many more amazing strategies. It got me thinking, how powerful would it be if a student recorded exactly what they wanted to say and then had a resource to go back and listen to when they got stuck during their writing time. This could happen right after that student identifies the topic, audience and purpose of the writing task and reads the article if one is included. They could do an additional recording after their graphic organizer is complete. For the students who need it, they would have access to CLOZE paragraphs or sentence frames to get their ideas started and to make sure they are including everything required in the rubric.

While the idea of recording your voice is not innovative, meaning that it is something that is not new or better than anything else in existence, it is a strategy that could make a huge difference for some of our students. Getting thoughts out without the added pressure of spelling, grammar and handwriting could be a relief for some of our learners. If you have a student who is really struggling in writing but who can verbally express themselves, have them give this strategy a try, see what happens!

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