Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Carrying out the GAME plan

In order to accomplish my goal to provide parents, as well as students, a site they can visit, and have classroom information readily available to them, I need to make adjustments to the Blog I currently use. This past year, I used a Blog as a means of communication with the parents. With budget cuts limiting the amount of paper we are given, I decided this was a better way to communicate with the parents. I will not need any additional resources to carry out my Goal. I have the Blog set up already and I currently have computer access. I plan on visiting the blogs that some colleagues have for their classes and "steal" some ideas. I need to change the class information to reflect my new class, but cannot do this before the new school year, as I do not have a class list as of yet. I will begin to add tabs for rules and procedures, schedules (when I get them), and general information.

For my second Goal, Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship, Indicator: promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions relates to the use of technology and information, I will need to find a good nprogram to promote digital citizenship. There are several different sites I am looking at and may combined them to customize my own program. I also need to design the lisence they will reeive upon completion. One site that has a great deal of information is Digital Citezenship: Resources for Educators, ( I will be using the 9 principles of Digital Citaenship which can be found at These principles are what I will base my lessons on. I will also use Brain Pop to address these principles, I have located the resources that I would like to use and I am currently weeding through them to determine what I will use and how.

Although I cannot do many things to reach my end results before school is back in session, I think I am well on my way to meeting my Goals.


Brain Pop located at

Digiatal Citizenship, Using Technology Appropriately located at

Teaching Digital Citizenship located at

National Education Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) located at


  1. Laura,
    I love the brainpop page you shared. Great short videos and a variety of topics. I found a couple of more websites you might want to check out.

    The first is a webquest for digital citizenship.

    The second website has multiple lessons on digital citizenship.

    I know in the past, I have taken for granted that students "know better", that they will learn about digital citizenship at home. That is not the case. I do not have access to the computer lab for the 2nd nine weeks of school. I am to teach in the classroom. I believe I am going to teach digital citizenship for those nine weeks to grades k-5. The 9 elements lines up perfectly for nine weeks of lessons. Teachers do not steal, we borrow. Thanks for the great websites.

  2. Laura,
    I never thought about needing to teach students about digital citizenship. Just as in citizenship around the community, digital citizenship is very important for students to learn about and as Sonia mentioned, we often take for granted that students learn this at home or just already know how to act with technology.

    I love BrainPop! It is one of my all-time favorite sites and it is awesome that there is a clip for digital citizenship. Great find!

  3. Laura,
    I am interested in creating a blog site for my parents as well. Could you tell me what kinds of tabs you created that you thought were appropriate and important? Would it be possible for me to view your blog so that I could see exactly how you set it up. I too like to "steal" ideas. Why reinvent the wheel?

    I enjoy Brain Pop as well. The downfall is that it isn't free. Thanks for sharing the site.