Throughout this term, my Year 6 students are conducting a study on social media. Essentially, this theme came out of the need for my class to trial e-folios and my need for them to understand internet privacy and security.
So far, we’ve begun with blogs. All students must research different blogs, choose the one that suits them best and sign-up. Each week, for homeowrk, they will be required to write a blog post. Sometimes the topic will be their choice and sometimes it would be my choice.
All my students now have a blog and I have recieved a new insight about their personalities. Students have blogged everything from sheep to ice-cream. Some students have used a pseudonym and some have included partial images of themselves. Some blogs are short (more like a tweet) and some are over 100 words. I give every post feedback.
In addition to the blog, my students are required to contribute to our class wiki and forum on Moodle each week. I’m not contributing to these at all but am enjoying the colourful banter.
As we attend a Christian school, my students are also conducting a project on a chosen Bible character. By the end of the term, each student will have a mock Facebook, Twitter and Myspace page (re-created in paint) which will give others and insight into their Bible character. This activity has allowed students to put their research into more than just and information report and in some ways demonstrates more depth.Mock Facebook
Yesterday, I explicitly taught about Internet safety and privacy. I showed a www.youtube.com clip about Sleeping Beauty. I asked the students what might have happened had Beauty’s parents not destroyed all of the spinning wheels in the land, but instead, taught Beauty to use them proficiently. Then I related this to the Internet. Powerful analogy.
Today students used www.glogster.com to create a poster advertising Internet Safety and Privacy to other students.
And in our class meeting today, the students made particular reference to their enjoyment of the imedia unit so far.