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Digital Dynamo Blended Learning Unit: 5 Modules of Digital Citizenship lessons, technology driven projects, and safe netiquette practice.

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3/24 I added Motivational Strategies and Measurement of Learning to show the Instructional Design steps taken to determine success of the program. Just click the link above to view.  This link is the Evaluation Planning method taken during the Instructional Design for design and learning goals successes' and determine changes needed for future implementation..


Digital Dynamo provides students with valuable life-learning experiences to practice digital citizenship in a safe blended learning environment.  The best digital safety practice place should be in collaboration with a school and teacher.  Our students are using technology and social media daily and alone.  You would never put a child in a big city to fend for themselves, so we need to facilitate the use of the Internet and social media in schools.  Students  learn digital citizenship lessons, while creating  Glogs, website portfolios, blogs, digital foot print timelines, online discussions and hangouts, etc. This unit is a  blended learning course that safely guides students to use web tools with proper netiquette.  Along with this Digital Dynamo website (https://goo.gl/t3bb65), Google Classroom is utilized to house the discussion board of questions that students answer along the way, respectfully.  Common Sense Media videos are incorporated to teach everyday digital skills and common digital problem situations so that students can devise their own solutions and guidelines.  Topics include, digital worlds, digital footprints, digital citizenship, and cyberbullying. The students really enjoy this unit each year.  They appreciate the blended learning environment, which allows them to work and collaborate online, which they are used to doing after school hours. Blended learning also offers the face-to-face teacher experience when questions or uncertainty arise.  I value collaboration, so any feedback or additions you may have are greatly appreciated.  I reflect on this unit often and make changes as the digital world changes so fast each day. 

3/13 Added a page to the website to enhance Google "Be Internet Awesome" Curriculum.  I attended a conference a Google NYC and was walked through the curriculum and the research behind their work.  The curriculum utilizes a great game called Interland that the children in my fifth grade love to play after the lessons.  I incorporated a blended learning style component, by allowing children to have a space on Google Classroom to post projects and hold respectful discussions and debates within a safe digital platform.  I am looking to infuse these lessons into the modules already in Digital Dynamo, along with some of the awesome lessons I see here in the collaboration.  Thoughts are welcome.  Check out their site.  There are some great activities for discussions.

Build: I added Motivational Strategies and Measurement of Learning  and Implementation Plan, included at the bottom of the page, to show the Instructional Design steps taken to determine success of the program.  Just click the link above to view.  This link is the Evaluation Planning method taken during the Instructional Design for design and learning goals successes' and determine changes needed for future implementation.  I have students beginning the modules to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the modules. Changes will be made accordingly. Google Classroom is housing all discussions and project posts. Students practice netiquette by responding to two classmates' posts each discussion module.

Inspired by BSU M.E.T. Program and Google "Be Internet Awesome" who created the questions on the last page of the site.

Share research or student experiences that informed your idea!

I have been advised by my PLN that Common Sense Media has some wonderful resources for students. When completing my Master of Educational Technology, I studied online course design and the benefit of social media in schools. I blended these resources and learning together to create this unique learning experience. Many digital citizenship lessons are merely videos and discussions, without direct netiquette practice. This unit provides the hands on digital experiences needed for success.

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I definitely do trainings as a Certified Google Trainer and consultant, so I would be more than interested traveling to Boston fore you. Thank you so much for the compliment of my work.

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Hi Tricia,
This is fantastic work! I am so impressed. A teacher training up in Boston could be in your future! Have you done teacher training in the past? Thank you so much for sharing! Take care, Lori

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I added some background information on why I created this project and the start up research.

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If anyone would like to team up and keep adding or adapting this Unit idea, please let me know. I would love to create a team. So far the lessons areDigital Citizenship with Portfolios, Digital Worlds, Digital Footprints, Cyberbullying, and the topics from "Be Internet Awesome" with an additional online platform for debate and questions. (Google Classroom) https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en that I want to make into projects and modules.

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Patricia, your posts are awesome and so useful. Thanks for adding learning goals to your post. Just checked out your website and Games Around The World is such an engaging lesson; curious how you found a partner school for students to collaborate with...this is awesome!

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Thank you! The research on the instructional design testing can be found at this site. http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/patriciasmeyers/512/WBI/home.html
The syllabus modules has changed due to outdated videos and sites, but the instructional design aspect stayed the same. To find a partner school, I use EPals. It is where the inspiration came from.

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Thank you so much! I used Epals. They inspired the entire unit idea. My group of teachers tweaked it and came up with a social media learning opportunity for the students.

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I added learning goals for anyone interested in reading what the objectives are.

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Patricia -- Thanks for sharing this wealth of information! So much to dig through... Looking forward to it. Lots of synergy with some of the other ideas that have submitted so I hope you will check out a few of them.

I also saw that you didn't include a picture -- it would be great if you added one so that it attracts more attention. Thanks.

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Thank you, Paul! Looking forward to the viewing the wonderful resources shared. I added the photo of the website. Thank you for the suggestion.