Digital Dynamo

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

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Technology Driven Projects in a Blended Learning Environment fostering Digital Citizenship skills and proper netiquette by allowing students to work and create online for appropriate, grade-level practice.  Students love all the projects and publication of their work through Google sites.

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 (, 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.

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Photo of John Faig

Excellent scaffolding for a course. I like that students will learn (or at least gain get exposure) to various EdTech tools and can discuss how to use them responsibly. Often the digital literacy component comes after the fact or not at all.

Photo of Patricia Smeyers

Thank you John. In my opinion, you can not learn without doing. Merely discussing and watching social learning and Internet safety is not enough. Students need to be guided through actual use of such programs. You can't ride a bike by watching, you need training wheels first. I consider this unit, the training wheels of digital citizenship.