Category: Course 2

Course 2 Final Project: Healthy Community Unit Plan

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Over the past little while, my grade 5 teaching team has been discussing the creation of a new unit that will span this full year. We want it to be a “Who We Are” unit with a focus on developing and maintaining a healthy grade 5 community. While we had not specifically discussed it, I felt that Digital Citizenship fit nicely into this idea and so chose this task for the final project. I am really excited to be able to take this plan to my team, and hopefully put it into action at the start of the new school year!

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Let them be amazing

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As I listened to Scott McLeod’s TEDx Talk about empowered young people my mind immediately went to Nate. At the age of 5 years old, Nate Butkus turned his passion for science (I mean it had been his “favourite topic since [he] was 3!) into a podcast in order to share this passion with the world! The Show About Science has been running for four years now, and Nate is still creating new episodes. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s definitely worth a listen! His episodes feature interviews with scientists and experts from around the world. He has even branched out and has recently created a new podcast about politics.

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House Hippos, Flying Penguins, and Hitchhiking Robots, oh my!

“House Hippo”, Concerned Children’s Advertisers, 1999

If you grew up in Canada in the 90s, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize this public service announcement from Concerned Children’s Advertisers. Its intent was to encourage viewers “to think about what [they’re] watching on TV and ask questions.” Though this commercial is now 20 years old, the message is still just as relevant (if not more so) as it was back then.

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To share or not to share…protecting student privacy

“Qnister – Concept / Styling / Art Direction” by Rickard Heldemyr Design is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

For anyone living or working in the European Union, data protection and privacy is a familiar topic. On May 25, 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations took effect. You may remember the flood of emails that came in from companies outlining their privacy policy updates in the lead up to May 25 of last year. Companies were working to ensure compliance with the new laws. Because, unlike the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in the United States, this law impacts all areas of life, not only educational institutions.

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Is Whatsapp just the new MSN Messenger?

As I sat listening to my grade 5 students share their experiences and thoughts on today’s communication methods, I couldn’t help but wonder what my 11 year-old self would have had to say about all of this.

Growing up, my house backed onto the houses of two other families with kids around my age. To save my sisters and I from the 5 minute walk around the block to visit one another, our dads used to lift us up and pass us over the fence to be able to play together. When we got a little to big for that, holes were cut in the fences to allow us to easily pass between the yards. It was a common occurrence to run up to each other’s’ back doors to see if the other was free to play. A lot of my free time was spent outside playing.

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