Some ideas I came up with on how to use Google Forms in my practice are as a beginning of the year survey to parents at Back to School for availability of field trip chaperones, pre and post assessments and exit tickets for my students. Unfortunately because most of my students are not fluent readers until about February all forms would need to be completed whole group and not individually.
For my Touro action-research/capstone project I thought I could use Google Forms to ask students about their feelings when it comes to their learning when other students distract them. I could then take that information and examine it to make changes my teaching practice or in seating assignments or even help with class placements for the next year by not putting certain students together.
Currently I have not used Google Forms in my classroom but now that I see it's benefits I plan on exploring the document more.
I believe social media can be a very useful tool for educators to develop and get better in their profession. By following and friending other educators you can access abundance of information about workshops, get ideas, get questions answered, networking opportunities, job opportunities. You can mentor or be mentored and help others. It's a great way to communicate with others that maybe are across the country and will never have the opportunity to meet face to face.
Personal social media and work social media should be separated period. Any page created where you are dealing with professional matters should be just that. Do not follow any friends or acquaintances unless they are in education. Do not post anything personal like vacations or opinions having to do with your family. Keep it related to your job and less problems will follow.
If I were to come across an inappropriate post from a student and it was not posted at school or from a school account having no relation or connection to my school site at all I would still notify my principal because she can contact the parents. I totally agree with Patrick Larkin's approach to the situation. Our kids are still our kids even when they are not in school and i'ts our job to teach them about the dangers of the world with the support of their parents. It takes a village. The goal would not be to get the student in trouble but a "teachable moment" for them to understand the risks and potential consequences of their actions. My suggestion would be after the principal contacted the parents for the school to host some sort of an assembly to prevent and educate other students from doing the same thing.
The best way to teach digital literacy to 1st graders would be at the beginning of the school year during the first few weeks when all the other protocols and rules are being established. The students need to know that technology a big part of the school's motto of being Kind, Respectful, Responsible and Safe. Before the students are even allowed to touch an ipad or chrome book the teacher would model appropriate digital citizen behavior. Scaffolding strategies would be an essential part of all lessons.
After the lessons were taught I would put them in partners and they get the opportunity to record each other following the correct way of the kind, respectful, responsible or safe lesson of their choice. This way they would get the chance to practice and have a little fun with it.
Lastly I would revisit the lesson after long breaks away from school like Winter recess and when a new student joined the class.
I'm not exactly sure if the tool I picked to discuss is really considered a web tool but it's really the only technology I use that is not required curriculum through my district/school site.
Mystery Science is a website that you need a subscription to access. Because we don't have a "true" science curriculum this works and an awesome supplement . You can search the site for specific lessons and experiments on whatever unit your class is learning. My favorite component of Mystery Science is Mystery Doug. Doug is a teacher that lives in San Francisco who answers student's questions about science. Every week he has new science videos that are kid friendly and are on topics that can also be found in the standards or very closely related. At the end of each video he offers fun, strange and unusual facts about the same topic. My students love it!
The only con would be the materials you need for the science experiments are not provided so you have to go out and find them yourself and that can get expensive and/or time consuming.
Because I work with 6 year old students, the lessons on digital citizenship are going to look very different from high school and middle school lessons that are needed.. At this age setting the foundation of care with technology are the skills these students would need to have so when they do get to the upper grades these things will already have been taught. It would be totally inappropriate for a 1st grader to have any social media accounts and any researching that would take place would be under direct supervision of a teacher due to the content/curriculum and their inability to read such information.
I would focus on ways to be a Kind, Respectful, Responsible and Safe digital citizen. A Kind lesson would include: how to plug in/out headphones/chargers, handle equipment gently, and to tidy up when finished. A Respectful lesson would include: staying on task so that you and your neighbor can complete your best work, raise a quiet hand if you need help. A Responsible lesson would include: getting right to work, following the teacher's directions and signing in/out of programs correctly. A Safe lesson would include: keep your hands clean and out o your mouth, not touching any power cords, and not going to any websites your teacher did not approve.
Being Kind, Respectful, Responsible and Safe is a school wide philosophy that my students practice everyday so they internalize its components and have ownership over what it looks like and sounds like. Students recite a pledge and earn certificates and prizes based on their ability to demonstrate these skills so it's very personal most take it seriously. Due to these reasons it's very easy for it to carry over in other areas and be applied to digital citizenship.