This week, my partner Sarah and I gave our mini facilitation on digital citizenship to the class. This assignment was relatively easy for me because I was able to learn about digital citizenship while in my internship when working alongside the tech coach. I had a package prepared prior, so my partner and I were able to find the information needed quite easy and we knew it was a reliable source since I was able to use them in the classroom already.
Sarah and I chose to focus on teaching about the differences between good and bad digital citizenship. We focused on empathy in regards to good digital citizenship and we focused on cyberbullying as the main point for bad digital citizenship. We used videos and group discussions to help reinforce the topics. We had the lesson focused on grade 7 students, connecting to the health curriculum (USC7.7) and the English curriculum (CR7.4). The lesson went really well because we chose videos that were short in length, but still provided enough information (and in a fun way). The lesson started with a Menti. This was the first Menti that I have ever run and it worked for what we were wanting to use it for. Unfortunately, I would never use it again. It did not go as well as planned and it was not my favorite site to use. It was very overwhelming to try and get it to work during the lesson.
The videos went well as they were able to get the messages and the content across for the students and allowed for rich conversations to happen after with the students. The conversations happened as a whole group, as well as in small group breakout rooms. The conversations were about the two videos: Bullying and Empathy, as well as about conversations between people online vs offline.
This was the first lesson that I have ever taught through Zoom, which brought on its own set of challenges. The first being that you have to have EVERYTHING that you will need prepared. For me, it was having everything pulled up in tabs for easy access to the materials. The next thing that challenged me was that while I screened shared, I was unable to have the lesson plan that we made pulled up for me to follow. As mentioned in an earlier part, the Menti did not work the way we were hoping it would, which caused me to worry and flustered me through the rest of the lesson. I was also unfamiliar with how making breakout rooms worked and it took me a few seconds to actually get everyone in their rooms. This opportunity has given me a greater respect for teachers who are currently online.