I feel a little better after reading Kelly’s Blog and finding out she has also been struggling with ideas for the Major Project this semester! To echo Kelly’s thoughts, I usually come up with ideas almost immediately for the Major Projects in Alec’s classes, but this semester I am a little stumped!
I have been juggling with a few ideas regarding options one and two from the syllabus!
Option one is creating a digital resource and option two is exploring a personal journey into media.
Once my confused screaming ceased… I think I have an idea that includes components of both options one and two. I want to be able to create something fun and engaging for students, but I also need it to benefit my teaching and challenge my pedagogy. I think having a resource I can use in the future would be the best option for me. My school division has a number of modules for digital citizenship, however, it is content overload and hard to really pick and choose what to use – so I often cruise through the lessons and do not do them justice.
In ECI 831, I integrated social media into my classroom for a culminating task of a novel study (see ECI 831 Learning Project). For me, simply choosing option two for this class would be an injustice as I have already tinkered with those ideas in previous classes and I understand the expectations are higher of those who have taken classes from Alec. Thus, my brainstorming came to life.
Rather than having options one and two as separate entities (because both give me some inspiration for neat lesson ideas and writing prompts), I would like to create a larger overarching digital citizen resource while incorporating content and ideas from the apps students use.
Using the Nine Elements, Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Continuum, and Saskatchewan’s Digital Citizenship Policy Planning Guide I would like to create lessons that surround digital literacy, citizenship, copyright, incorporate Catholic content, videos and surveys, concise writing prompts, and surround these lessons with apps students are familiar with. Overarching themes will include (but are not limited to) critical race theory (CRT), understandings from The Social Dilemma, and how students can navigate the digital world as involved Catholic people.
Please… if you have any comments or suggestions for this project, I am all ears! My plan is to develop lessons and implement them in my classroom. If you have tackled this type of journey already, I would love to hear about your experiences!