Course 2, Final project

Digital Safety and Student Privacy Presentation By: Irena Sheina and Ekaterina Grom

When I was reading the recommended resource for Course 2, I was thinking of how I could implement this knowledge in my classroom. I am a WL teacher in elementary school, so we start with basic computer skills. It would be a challenge to start developing digital literacy skills. I can demonstrate an example as a teacher, but incorporate these skills in foreign language teaching will be possible in grades 4 or 5. So, I have decided that PD for teachers would be more relevant for this course.

When I read the final project requirements, I thought it would be interesting to create a workshop to build a common understanding of the concept of students’ privacy and discuss teachers’ responsibilities in this area. We have a school’s security system already in place, and it is operating at a very high standard. But I believe that it is essential to train teachers to examine online resources and incorporate digital literacy skills.

I know the future audience of this PD. I have been working with them for the last ten years. This topic is new for the majority of our teachers. We haven’t had official training on how to protect students’ data privacy and how to check the safety of online educational resources. But lately, we have started to use more and more apps and online programs. Therefore, we have chosen the following standards:

3.b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

3.d. Model and promote the management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

Plan of action was the following:

  • Contact my colleague and discuss the key features of a workshop.
  • Create a shared google document and google slides document, on which we were asynchronously working together, developing ideas and concepts, while we were exploring the resources.
  • Schedule the meetings 2-3 times a week.
  • Make a list of resources and assign the tasks.

The main challenges were:

  • Ten hours time difference
  • Internet access 
  • Some resources can’t be opened in Google, and I used Opera browser

MY OUTCOMES:

  • It is crucial to check every app and online program for safety and privacy.
  • My responsibility as an educator is to share this knowledge with my colleagues.
  • My responsibility as a teacher is to incorporate digital literacy skills in my teaching when it is applicable. 
  • Online collaboration is possible when you have clear goals, a lot of resources, a detailed action plan, experienced colleagues, enough time, and a good internet connection. 

“By teaching others you will learn yourself.” G.I. Gurdjieff

3 Replies to “Course 2, Final project”

  1. Katya,

    You seem to have had a great experience working together to create PD to meet those standards. I’m really interested if you would be willing to share those slides or host a webinar. 

    Specifically, I’m looking for ideas on how to ‘promote curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency. Common Core State Standards don’t offer much as far as guidelines or standards for doing this. Will you try to advocate for a curriculum school-wide or encourage teachers on a case-by-case basis?

    We have an advisor time each day for 20 minutes in grade-level homeroom. I’d love to propose the Common Sense digital citizenship curriculum to be a learning resource during that time.

    Wishing you all the best in Russia!

  2. Great reflection on the process of working collaboratively across many time zones! I really enjoyed going through your slides and imagining myself in your PD. You offer some great thinking prompts to help teachers the opportunity to dig into these topics.

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