As with all districts, Digital Citizenship is a large part of the technology curriculum, but shouldn’t this just be a part of everyday curriculum? In today’s classroom, we see technology that connects us used by teachers and students every day. So shouldn’t good Digital Citizenship practices be more then just a mandatory unit at the beginning of the year? Here in Manor, we are trying something different. Instead of just having one Digital Citizenship campaign at the beginning of the year, we are going to run at least 3 campaigns in the 2013-2014 school year to keep the conversation going.
Our first campaign in September was distributed directly to teachers in our district. We borrowed from the best public resources about digital citizenship on the web and created a course on the Manor ISD iTunes U page. We believed this was a good introduction to Digital Citizenship to our students in Manor. The course was split into 5 days with each day focusing on a new important topic. This was a district wide initiative but the course delivery was a campus decision. Many campuses chose to present this material or use other material through the campus computer labs. This is what we usually see most campuses and districts do.
Our second and most recent campaign was a 5 day Digital Citizenship Comic Poster & Podcast series. Very much like Common Sense Media’s campaign in October, Manor ISD chose to have it’s DC week in November. iTeach wanted to make the campaign more relevant to our students because they are our target audience. This campaign, the brain child of Lacy Bartlett, took on a new way to deliver proper DC practices to our students. The adventures of Digital Citizenship Man & DC Girl were born. In their fight against the Cybervillian and proper use of technology, DC girl and DC man were introduced to Manor.
Aligning the comic with popular Marvel and DC comic series, we tried making this a fun new way to get the information out to our students. (You can find the comic poster series on our Manor ISD iTunes U page) Using Hero Machine, Comic Life and Garageband, the campaign came together rather quickly. The goal was not only to make it fun but have students be the ones to ask the questions about copyright and proper use of technology. This time the campaign was district wide with the posters and visible to all students at the campus.
Our next campaign will have a student produced comic book poster series where the they get to design the characters and write the story. We feel this will make the content even more relevant to our students. Let us know what you think?