You are the Digital Superhero!

A lower-elementary STEAM lesson that facilitates classroom discussion, students creativity and self-empowerment in a digital world.

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Research - Why it works 

It's more than adorable that kids think of themselves as Superhero.  Our (teachers) superpower is to empower kids of how to use create their own superpower to be upstanders. Character Is Common Sense: A Report on an Initiative Linking Media, Kids, and Character Strengths

Recently, more of my students have told me they got a computer or tablet for their birthday. My first response is  - "That's awesome! But what do you  need to remember when you are on that computer/tablet?" I can't be prouder to hear my students say, "My Digital Superhero rules." 

Build - Prototyping a Curriculum

To ensure students understand Digital Citizenship is a life-long skill, I asked my students to reflect upon their actions using a media (writing, drawing, etc.) any choice of their own. One of my 3rd students wrote a poem.

Digital Citizenship has always been one of my passionate subjects in Education Technology. This year, I have a new responsibility in leading Digital Citizenship PD for our faculty and parents. I also started the school year with a Digital Superhero project with my students. As a school community, I had the opportunity to share this common, yet complicated subject with other educators and parents. With my students, I have so many teachable moments that I do not need "teach" them how to behave online, instead, we have a Socratic format class discussion online where everyone gets to participate and share their thoughts. As a facilitator, we pondered what were the essential qualities of digital citizens.

Since there were a few superhero movies came out during summer, I used the superhero theme and empowered to think about ways that they are Digital Superhero. Grade3 students then listed out their qualities as a Digital Superhero. Students later used Wordle to create and design their word cloud. Lastly, students took a picture of themselves and used to PhotoShop to blackout their face so they remember the importance of protecting themselves online from the privacy and security rule.

For Grade 2 students, it was a similar process except they use PaintBrush instead of PhotoShop.

For Grade 1 students, I direct them to a pixel art website and have them create their superhero instead of free draw.

For Kindergarten students, I asked them to create a superhero robot so they can stay focus on the topic.

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My Reflection Questions for the students are: 1. What is the most important thing you learned in this project? 2.What do you wish you had spent more time on or have done differently? 3. What part of the project did you do your best work on? 4. What was the most enjoyable part of this project? 5.What was the least enjoyable part of this project? 6. Did you struggle? How did you overcome the struggle? 7. How could Ms. Lam change this project to make it better next time?

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Hi Ling,

First of all, thanks for participating in this collaboration between the Teachers Guild and ISTE. We really appreciate your contributions!

We’re in the last week of the build phase of the challenge on digital citizenship so it’s time to fine tune your idea before final voting begins next week.

Here are some things to consider as you continue to build on your idea:
- is your idea clear and will it inspire action from other teachers?
- would it be easy for a teacher to incorporate your idea about digital citizenship in their classroom?
- does your idea include some component of research and are there shareable resources?
- is your idea student-centered and does it promote agency?


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