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Final Post – Major Project Journey

Wow, this has been quite a fantastic journey. Not only have I developed skills to share with my students and colleagues, but my knowledge base has also grown to be a confident parent, specifically in this area. I used Twitter during the pandemic for my classroom, but that was the degree of my technology experience. I would say I dabbled in WeVideo, but I did not have the understanding I needed as an educator up until this class. I am beyond grateful to Dr. Alec Couros and all my classmates! hiy hiy

My Major project journey started off a certain way; however, it continued to evolve and shift as I gained more knowledge from our class. My understanding of Digital Citenzship was limited, but I started to shift my perspective and became very open and eager for this newfound knowledge. Originally I wanted to delve into WeVideo Classroom, which I did. However, I realized I loved teaching lessons around digital literacy to our students. As I listened to the needs of my school and my students, I realized that we needed to learn about digital literacy and citizenship as a whole and ground our students in this learning. Every other week I began connecting with Amanda Brace and chatting about digital citizenship and technology in the classroom. I read Dr. Mike Ribble and Marty Parks’ book, Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders. I was excited to read this book and share this knowledge in weekly conversations with our staff and teachers. Following this, I began teaching explicit lessons on digital citizenship. I loved using the resources from Common Sense Education as a springboard to begin normalizing these conversations in our school. I would stare at our tech tubes in the classrooms and think to myself: do the students even understand the importance of these technology tools and how to be safe online?

My Digital Citizenship Pedagogy and My Land-Based Philosophy; Together, Let’s Educate and Empower

My worldview is shifting and continually changing, evolving into a space that leaves me wondering, earning, and striving for more.  I believe there is power in the connection between knowledge and spirit. Connecting Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy into my teaching practice has become an imperative component. Teaching intentional lessons gives our students a healthy and educated view on digital literacy.

Furthering this, digital citizenship connects to students with their online identity. Their online presence is important and must be taught, modeled, and made a priority within our school settings. Common Sense Education offers lessons for grades K-12 on educating students in a safe and relatable manner. This is a great place for teachers to guide their teaching practice on digital identity. As educators, we can easily connect digital citizenship to cross-curricular outcomes. We can empower students to navigate the digital world safely and confidently. Connecting culturally responsive education along with digital citizenship will benefit our students and foster an authentic learning journey. Below you will see the roadmap of Digital Citizenship lessons I created for my students.

My Roadmap of Digital Citizenship Lessons for Elementary Students

Not only did I create a roadmap of lessons for myself and my colleagues, but I also engaged in the lessons by teaching them. Engaging in conversations with students helped me understand the content I was teaching. This normalized the language we were using in our building around digital citizenship.

Technology Platform/SupportsLessons I Implemented
Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education
Try and Teach
Common Sense EducationOnline Safety
Creating In All Ways
Drumming Reflection
MentimeterReflection #1
Reflection #2
My Teaching Roadmap

Educational Tools I have Discovered and Implemented

Creating with Canva

Canva is a tool that educators can create lessons and templates in a creative way for students.

Informational Posters I made to share with my staff and colleagues.

Educational Poster #1 that supported the lessons I taught on Digital Literacy with the support from Common Sense Eduation.

Educational Poster #2 that supported Digtial Literacy Skills for Grade 1-3 students.

Professsional Resources – Mind Map

Looking to re-engage your students in the classroom, check out WeVideo and WeVideo Classroom!

We Video

Using WeVideo as a professional resouce (Post #1) has been instrumental in my journey. It is a way to connect Indigenous Epistemlogy with a reflective process. This is an authentic way for educators to connect with Elders while using a technology platform to reflect with. I discovered quickly how effctive WeVideo was to connect Digital Citizenship. (Post #2) Mike Ribble’s elements

WeVideo offers an opporutnity through their narrate option to record your students thoughts and engage them in the writing process(Post #3). The narrate option provides a differentiation option for students of all levels to enage in an indvidualized proces

Easy to Follow Steps to navigate WeVideo (Post #4)

Privacy Settings for WeVideo from the WeVideo Cite

WeVideo Classroom (Post#5)

School Book Study – See Link Below Image

When you see a teacher who is reflective and constantly asking why, why am I doing this with technology, how does this add a layer to what we might have done with a traditional tool across the years, and really looking at is this a time for technology or is there a better way to do it?” (Audet, 2019)
Blog- Book Study

Learning and Leading with new knowledge is significant for educators to stay current with practices. Dr. Mike Ribble’s book guides educators to learn digital techniques that connect our learners with critical thinking and a digital mindset.

“Today, it is not if you will be part of the digitally connected mainstream, it is when.”

Dr. Mike Ribble and Marty Par

Hands on Teaching

Learning alongside the students was important to me and an authentic way to teach the importance of Digital Citizenship and Media Literay. Teaching the lessons below, using Common Sense Education has helped build and ground my Digital Citizen Pedagogy. It has and will continue to be an important part of my teaching practice. Learning WeVideo, WeVideo Classroom and Mentimeter has deepened my understanding of technology and helped me implement and ground the knowledge in an authentic manner.

  • In closing, I believe in engaging students in their learning. My journey has evolved and changed. I am a very hands-on learner, and the lessons and blogs I shared were authentically implemented through the classes I taught and conversations with my colleagues. Being a responsive teacher, I now can move forward with new knowledge to lead the students I work with. Many students have not attended school throughout these past few years and are very reluctant to learn. Moving forward, I am confident that technology is a tool that can engage and channel creative outlets in our students. We need to keep our classrooms current and exciting. Finally, I am leaving this class feeling equipped to teach digital citizenship and utilize the technology tools that make learning meaningful and engaging for our students.


Published by Kola

I am a response teacher in Regina, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory.

2 thoughts on “Final Post – Major Project Journey

  1. I too have really enjoyed using Common Sense Education for teaching about digital citizenship, would you mind sharing with me the lessons you used for the online safety? It is not letting me see them without logging into wordpress. I teach grade 4 but I really like how you brought it down to the younger grades but then brought it up to grade 6; it just goes to show we can be doing this throughout grade levels.

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    1. The Grade 1/2’s loved the messages and videos from Common Sense Education. I loved chatting with them and engaging in new dialogue. I found that many students had a basic understanding of some terms, but the actual concept of digital citizenship was unknown. I am beginning to think it should be included in our stat plans as literacy, numeracy, and indigenous education is. Take care, Christine!


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