The Conclusion Of My Course Prototype

#ECI834, A Digital Literacy Course

Over the semester, we had the task of planning and initiating lessons within a course prototype. I have to admit… I was unaware of how much work I would put into it, but yet how much I would learn through the process. My plan was to create lessons that helped kids develop digital literacy skills. In my experience teaching grade 2-4, I have always felt that there is a lack of resources in that age range surrounding the topics of digital literacy and digital citizenship. My mission for this assignment was to help bridge that gap.

Course Profile Overview

I decided to create a course that focused on teaching students about digital literacy through engaging and relatable lessons and activities. The first part of the project was to plan our course prototype. I initially thought I would use a Learning Management System to host the content, but the more that I thought about it, I realized that I wanted teachers to have open access to the materials. I quickly changed the plan and decided to develop a website so that teachers could easily gain access to the lessons and activities for their students. You can find the course profile and framework with more of the details here.

Lesson 1: My Digital Literacy Adventure

My first lesson related digital literacy to an adventure, which can be found here. I thought that since I have created many lessons before, this would be no different. However, a lot more thought and detail goes into planning an online or blended lesson due to all the added elements needed for an online platform. I wanted to create a lesson that was not only engaging, but also accessible and equitable. After creating my first lesson, we had the opportunity to meet in small groups during class and give feedback to each other about our courses. I found this experience extremely beneficial! The advice I received was just what I needed to take my course to the next level. I revised the student self assessment, I added audio to the activity to increase accessibility, and I even implemented a Creative Commons Copyright on my website. The planning, creating, implementation, and reflection process for lesson 1 can be found here.

Lesson 2: Look Closely and Think Critically

During the planning and creation of lesson 2, I focused on implementing details in the lesson that I felt were lacking in lesson 1. I felt more confident with the process and had a better idea of how I wanted it to look. For the second lesson, I drew my inspiration from how Common Sense Education displays their digital citizenship curriculum. I included more features like the keywords, the learning outcome, and a full Google Slideshow of the lesson, which I figured out how to embed right into the website. I also challenged myself by creating altered images and fake headlines for the fake news portion of the lesson and had so much fun doing it!

Some other areas I added and took into consideration were:

  • an engaging instructional video that was under 5 minutes
  • a focus on collaboration with the 2 Truths and a Lie Padlet activity at the start of the lesson
  • Teacher Notes in the Google Slideshow
  • a one page “quick guide” that teachers can print out and refer to throughout the lesson
  • a printable or downloadable poster to help students remember the steps they can take to fact-check
  • an exit slip to wrap up the lesson
  • assessment and answer keys for each activity
  • open ended assessment so that teachers can adapt it based on age and grade level
  • extension activities to deepen understanding

The Conclusion and Continuation of the Digital Literacy Course

This process taught me a lot about lesson creation and creativity. I was more willing to take risks and challenge myself at the end of this project than I was at the beginning. I learned so many valuable lessons and skills through this experience and I know they will serve me well moving forward. The Digital Literacy for Kids website has so much potential for teachers, students, and families. I hope to continue on with this project so that we can help younger students develop digital literacy skills in a tangible, accessible, and engaging way.

You can take a look at my course website here or you can watch the recording below to learn more about it!

10 thoughts on “The Conclusion Of My Course Prototype

  1. When you shared your progress of your course a few weeks ago I was so impressed and looking at your finished course I continue to be impressed. You have designed a course that is engaging, atheistically pleasing, and easy to navigate and use. It is amazing to me that you created your own website and even bought the domain. That’s so impressive. I look forward to trying some of your lessons out with my students.

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  2. Your website-housed course is amazing. I truly appreciate the open format, allowing the opportunity for not only teachers but also parents to use your lessons and activities to open the digital citizenship conversation with young kids as they begin to develop a positive online presence.

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  3. You created such an amazing open resource here, Amanda!! I love that everything is downloadable, visually appealing, and easy for teachers to access. It is also fantastic to see resources developed for the Grade 2-4 age range, as so many digital literacy resources are targeted at middle years or high school students. I will definitely promote your site to teachers in our division who are looking for digital literacy resources! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Amanda, you have created such a great resource for teachers here. I was very impressed with the look and feel of your site and the applicability of the content. I especially thought that the direction that you give to teachers with the teacher resources and notes is very valuable and is something that can be overlooked with these types of resources. Your use of the WordPress site actually inspired me to turn to that model of course after we shared our first lesson so it is very much appreciated.

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  5. Amanda, I love the design of your course! It is so clean and neat. The content is much needed. You could run PD for our division with this information! Most teachers don’t even know what the term ‘digital literacy’ means. It is definitely an important topic that needs to be embedded in our classrooms. Thank you for making this so accessible for teachers. I will be using it with my students!

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