Week 7: Footprints

This week we are talking about our digital footprint.

Being connected with all this technology means everyone is leaving a digital footprint.

Activity 1. Watch the following 2 videos then leave a comment on this post about something that you found very interesting in one of the videos. Write a post explaining the differences between the videos. Which did you prefer and why? These show how easily a footprint can be created. It is not only you but your relatives, friends, newspapers etc also add to your footprint.

 

 

Activity 2. After watching the two videos, write a post about your digital footprint. Is it positive or negative? Would you be proud to have your grandparents or your future grandchildren look at everything you have included in your digital footprint? Why or why not? Maybe Google your name to see what is online about you, that you might not have put there. Remember to Google your nickname used in online games etc as information might be included there.

Activity 3. Imagine you are debating this topic: It is better to have a negative digital footprint than no footprint at all. Give three reasons to support each side of the debate.

Activity 4.  With so many students now involved in social media such as facebook, instagram, pinterest and twitter, how much information are they leaving by not checking their privacy settings but leaving things on default?

Watch this video to see how easy it is to find out information about you. Jenny Luca, director of ICT and eLearning at a college in Australia used this with her grade 7-12 students. Read her post to find out their reactions. Jenny then directed me to another tweet from Doug Peterson in Canada linking to this post from lifehacker.

Why is it important to check out the settings whenever you buy a new device? Default settings often allow the manufacturer to gain information about you without you realising it.

 

Activity 5. Should all teachers,principals and parents have a digital footprint in this time of technology? Google your teacher or principal (with their permission first) or even your parents. What have they got online? Do they have some information you think should not be there? Discuss it with them. Write a post about the discussion you had without giving away personal information to your readers.

You also leave a footprint when you sign up to join websites such as Moshi Monsters, Voki, Animoto and photopeach.  Do you ever check the terms of service or privacy settings? Have you joined a site that says you must be over 13 years old yet you are only 10?

During 2017 I am going to be adding to our list of web tools to use in the challenge (see list on sidebar) I am going to be sorting them according to how old you have to be to use them, whether they are free or you have to sign up, whether there is an education version or not and whether that is free or paid and finally what is the tool/app used for.

Activity 6. I would like your help to get the list organized. Write a post about 5 of your favourite web tools or apps. In your post mention how old you need to be to use it, whether you had to sign up to use it and what type of tool or app it is eg mindmapping, poll/survey, slideshow. Also tell me why you enjoy using the tool or app.

Activity 7. Here are some websites to visit related to cybersafety and digital footprints. Visit some of them and write a post, create a poster or glogster, create a cartoon about what you found out. Your teacher might also give you other websites to visit.

Activity 8. Mainly middle and high school students – There are 9 elements to being a good digital citizen. Read this post then write your own post about what you consider are the most important parts of the nine elements. Are there certain areas you need to improve on? Why?

Activity 9. There are both advantages and disadvantages to being able to connect and communicate more easily. Write a post or run a debate on this topic. Maybe create a comic strip showing each side.

Security

Teachers

Here are some links to  sites relating to digital footprints and internet safety

Still time left

Check your widgets. Do you have one called Class blogs? If yes, then add it to your sidebar. Use the drop down arrow and make sure the number is 30 or so to cover all the students in your class.

Visit other student and class blogs, read our new flip magazines, add links to your blogroll of blogs you visit often. Try to categorize these eg class blogs, overseas students, my friends etc.

Before playing the games next week, make sure your blog is ready for visitors.

  1. You have lots of interesting posts for visitors to read and comment on.
  2. Visitors can find posts by using tags or categories on your sidebar.
  3. You have a visitor widget to see where your visitors are coming from.
  4. You have at least five student blogs from other places around the world on your sidebar.

 

Week 3: Leaving footprints

I have spent a lot of time this week trying to find different resources to use when talking about leaving our digital footprint.

These first two videos I use each set of challenges as it shows how easily a footprint can be created. It is not only you but your relatives, friends, newspapers etc also add to your footprint.

Then I thought with so many students now involved in social media such as facebook, instagram, pinterest and twitter, how much information are they leaving by not checking their privacy settings but leaving things on default?

Watch this video to see how easy it is to find out information about you. Jenny Luca, director of ICT and eLearning at a college in Australia used this with her grade 7-12 students. Read her post to find out their reactions. Jenny then directed me to another tweet from Doug Peterson in Canada linking to this post from lifehacker.

 

You also leave a footprint when you sign up to join websites such as Moshi Monsters, Voki, Animoto and photopeach.  Do you ever check the terms of service or privacy settings? Have you joined a site that says you must be over 13 years old yet you are only 10?

Being connected with all this technology means everyone is leaving a digital footprint.

Activity 1. Watch the first two videos above then leave a comment on this post about something that you found very interesting in one of the videos. Write a post explaining the differences between the videos. Which did you prefer and why?

Activity 2. After watching the two videos, write a post about your digital footprint. Is it positive or negative? Would you be proud to have your grandparents or your future grandchildren look at everything you have included in your digital footprint? Why or why not? Maybe Google your name to see what is online about you, that you might not have put there. Remember to Google your nickname used in online games etc as information might be included there.

Activity 3. Imagine you are debating this topic: It is better to have a negative digital footprint than no footprint at all. Give three reasons to support each side of the debate.

Activity 4. Watch the third video. Why is it important to check out the settings whenever you buy a new device? Default settings often allow the manufacturer to gain information about you without you realising it.

Activity 5. Should all teachers,principals and parents have a digital footprint in this time of technology? Google your teacher or principal (with their permission first) or even your parents. What have they got online? Do they have some information you think should not be there? Discuss it with them. Write a post about the discussion you had without giving away personal information to your readers.

 Over Easter I am going to be adding to our list of web tools to use in the challenge (see list on sidebar) I am going to be sorting them according to how old you have to be to use them, whether they are free or you have to sign up, whether there is an education version or not and whether that is free or paid and finally what is the tool/app used for.

Activity 6. I would like your help to get the list organized. Write a post about 5 of your favourite web tools or apps. In your post mention how old you need to be to use it, whether you had to sign up to use it and what type of tool or app it is eg mindmapping, poll/survey, slideshow. Also tell me why you enjoy using the tool or app.

Activity 7. Here are some websites to visit related to cybersafety and digital footprints. Visit some of them and write a post, create a poster or glogster, create a cartoon about what you found out. Your teacher might also give you other websites to visit.

  • ACMA Australia – cybersafety for young kidskids and teens.
  • Google has some digcitizenship adventures relating to digital footprints – more for middle and high school students
  • Kidsmart from the UK has some great tips and information

Activity 8. Mainly middle and high school students – There are 9 elements to being a good digital citizen. Read this post then write your own post about what you consider are the most important parts of the nine elements. Are there certain areas you need to improve on? Why?

Activity 9. There are both advantages and disadvantages to being able to connect and communicate more easily. Write a post or run a debate on this topic. Maybe create a comic strip showing each side.

Security

Teachers

Here are some links to  sites relating to digital footprints and internet safety

Still time left

Check your widgets. Do you have one called Class blogs? If yes, then add it to your sidebar. Use the drop down arrow and make sure the number is 30 or so to cover all the students in your class.

Visit other student and class blogs, read our new flip magazines, add links to your blogroll of blogs you visit often. Try to categorize these eg class blogs, overseas students, my friends etc. If unsure how to do this use the Get Help section on the sidebar of this blog.

Remember, next Saturday is Earth Hour. Have you registered to join yet?

 

Week 7 – Connections

How well connected are you? No I don’t mean if you are related to royalty or the president of your country.

I mean are you a connected person?

Twenty three years ago when I did my first trip around the world, I was not very well connected at all. To communicate with my parents I needed to write a postcard or mail a letter. Often I would get home before that letter arrived in the mail. Or I could phone them from a local phone using a phone card that I had prepaid. But I needed to know what time it was in Australia so I didn’t wake them up at 3am for my phone call.

But on my last trip to America, I could communicate immediately via Facebook or email. They could see my photos as soon as I had loaded them onto Flickr. They could read about what I had been doing by visiting my blog. My connected teacher friends could read my tweets.

New technology has changed the way we connect with each other in our small world.

October has been Connected Educator Month around the world (but particularly America) There have been lots of activities for teachers and other interested educators to take part in from online bookclubs, competitions, podcasting, blogging, pinterest etc. But often these special events are only known to those educators who are already connecting often.

Activity 1. Survey or poll the teachers at your school  to find out how they are connected. Did they know about Connected Educator Month? How do they connect with other teachers in their state? How do they connect overseas? How do they connect with family? What do they use to connect? Write a post about your results telling us some statistics about connectedness at your school.

Activity 2. Create a mindmap showing how you connect as a student. Include the tools you use to connect as well as who you connect to. Think carefully about all the ways you connect to different members of your family.

Activity 3. Here is an example of a connected teacher. Do you think this is similar for a connected student? Explain the differences and similarities. Click on the image to get a larger version.

 

Being connected with all this technology means everyone is leaving a digital footprint.

Activity 4. Watch the two videos below then leave a comment on this post about something that you found very interesting in one of the videos. Write a post explaining the differences between the videos. Which did you prefer and why?

Activity 5. After watching the two videos, write a post about your digital footprint. Is it positive or negative? Would you be proud to have your grandparents or your future grandchildren look at everything you have included in your digital footprint? Why or why not? Maybe Google your name to see what is online about you, that you might not have put there.

Activity 6. Imagine your are debating this topic: It is better to have a negative digital footprint than no footprint at all. Give three reasons to support each side of the debate.

Activity 7. Here are some websites to visit related to cybersafety and digital footprints. Visit some of them and write a post, create a poster or glogster, create a cartoon about what you found out. Your teacher might also give you other websites to visit.

  • ACMA Australia – cybersafety for young kids, kids and teens.
  • Google has some digcitizenship adventures relating to digital footprints – more for middle and high school students
  • Kidsmart from the UK has some great tips and information

Activity 8. Mainly middle and high school students – There are 9 elements to being a good digital citizen. Read this post then write your own post about what you consider are the most important parts of the nine elements. Are there certain areas you need to improve on? Why?

Activity 9. There are both advantages and disadvantages to being able to connect and communicate more easily. Write a post or run a debate on this topic. Maybe create a comic strip showing each side.

Security

Teachers

Here are some links to  sites relating to digital footprints and internet safety

Still time left

Visit other student and class blogs, read our flip magazines, add links to your blogroll of blogs you visit often. Try to categorize these eg class blogs, overseas students, my friends etc.

 

Image source from flickr

Challenge 1 Wellbeing and introductions

Welcome to the first set of activities

in the 9th Student Blogging Challenge.

 

Admin info: 

Please check very carefully the student or class participation pages to make sure you are listed.

I have had to remove some students and classes as their URL addresses didn’t work when I tried to leave a comment. You might need to register again. But PLEASE check carefully before doing this.

If you haven’t received a comment from me, please check your spam as I did have two links in the comment and this is often added as spam. Also some students didn’t receive a comment because they did not have a page or post written when I visited or else I was asked to log in to leave a comment. To check if someone can leave a comment on your blog – don’t log in to your blog, just go to the blog and try to leave a comment. If you can’t leave a comment or even read the post, then you will need to change your settings.

Activities will be separated into two sections: Firstly those related to improving your blog for your new readers and secondly ideas for posts on your blog. You can do one activity or lots of activities. What you don’t finish this week, you might want to do next week. Whenever you visit a new blog, you want to know a little about the author or group of authors. This fits very well into our first group of activities.

Well-being, health and citizenship.

So let’s get started:

Improving your blog

1. Create or update a page about yourself or your class. If using Edublogs, you have a page called Sample Page when you first get your blog. You could use this page by deleting what is already in there, editing the permalink to About Me, and writing about yourself or your class. Remember not to include personal information (part of digital citizenship) but really tell us about yourself. You might want to check out some examples from other students and classes. Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>all pages> hover under sample or about page and click edit.

StudentsJarrod (global2 Edublogs), Em created a poll about which images to use, Emily uses interesting information, Ethan gives image attribution on his page, Larnie from Victoria, CJ has lots of favourites but what about the music, Teegan includes a slideshare, Angie loves changing colours, Daniel has a YouTube channel, Haley wants a pygmy pig for a pet

Classes: Mrs Kerr class poem, Mr McCleary in Canada, Mrs Hazzeldine in Australia, Big dreamers in grade 3, Class in Adelaide uses cartoonize for class photo, Mrs Young tells us about herself, Jason teaching at high school, Mr Woolley used Vokis, Mr Price is a recent blogger, Ms Stewart wrote a post instead

Justin suggested: I think a great activity would be to create a Prezi which showcases facts and pictures about your school. Perhaps even upload a video and link it to the Prezi too.

Tools or websites you might want to use: Write a poem like Mrs Kelly, Scholastic poem, Read-write-think poem, Vokis – can be free or as a classroom at a cost, Prezi – can be a free educational version, Animoto – again a free version for education

2. Make sure you have filled in your blog profile page correctly. You should have only your first name(2), a nickname and display name(3) and a link to your own blog(5) in the URL area. This will make it easier for others to visit your blog if they are using the same blogging platform as you are. When leaving comments on other blogging platforms you might need to include your first name, a link to your blog and an email address as well as the anti-spam word. If leaving comments on kidblog, include your URL in the actual comment area as it does not normally ask for this otherwise.

If using other blogging platforms, get help at these links – edublogs (including global2, eschoolblogs, goaj blogs), kidblog, weebly, blogger or blogspot – see sidebar on the right

3. Leave a comment on the blog of up to 10 students who have the same mentor as you. Make sure it is a quality comment – if the student has blogging or commenting guidelines, read them first. If your mentor has left a comment on your blog, perhaps visit their blog to ask some questions politely. Hopefully the mentor will have their name or avatar image linked to their blog URL.

Always remember to check your spam comments as sometimes a real comment gets stuck in there.

 

Ideas for posts


1. Think about the athletes you saw at either the Olympics or paralympics. How do they look after their well-being? What are some things you do or eat, that they would not use?
2. How is citizenship on the internet the same as or different to citizenship in the real world? Make a list by comparing the two situations. Is citizenship different from country to country? What makes you a citizen of your country?
3. Have you ever been in an extremely emotional situation? Tell us all about it but remember to be internet safe in what you tell us. This could be anger, sadness, happiness, frustration …
4. If you are ever in a very stressful situation, how do you calm yourself down? What are some coping strategies you use?
5. Create a collage about emotions. Have students create their own images or emoticons. Take photos of the results and create into a collage or animoto or slideshow.
6. What is your favourite sport? What skills are needed to become an elite athlete in that sport?
7. Indigenous groups will often have different games to other people. Compare games around the world that use very little equipment. Try out some of these games in your classroom.
8. I am sure all students are taught about the healthy food pyramid. But what does your food pyramid look like? Create one using real food then take a photo to include in your post.
9. Part of good digital citizenship is not being a cyber bully. Have you ever been cyber-bullied? What did you do about it? Make a list of hints for students who are being cyber-bullied. Maybe make a poster about what to do and what not to do. Perhaps you could use glogster or as a class use wallwisher.
10 In Tasmania, the health department is running a program called ‘Move Well, Eat Well‘. Does your country or state run something similar? Are there any other programs your school takes part in that helps with student well being and health?
11 Pets are often said to be helpful with a person’s well-being. How? Find some examples.

If none of these ideas make you want to write a post, then tell your readers what you are being taught at the moment that relates to health, well being and citizenship. Remember you are not only taught at school but also at home, at church, in a sport team and so on.

Remember to add a link back to this post, once you have written your post. This is called a trackback or pingback and will then allow me to come to your blog easily to read your fantastic post.

If using Edublogs, below your post dashboard, you will see an area called ‘Send trackbacks’. Just copy the URL of this challenge post and paste it in there. It must be the URL of the actual post, not the blog in general.

Attribution for Image: ‘Food Pyramid

Next week we create avatars, our blogroll and learn how to hyperlink

Leave a comment below if you know of any great sites related to well-being, health and citizenship, especially if they have games included on these topics.