Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stream Now With SCETV Resources


It’s that time of year where you are looking for additional media content to add to your direct or blended instruction. We (re)introduce to you SCETV Streaming Resources and the best thing about these resources is that they are all completely free. 

Know It All
Since 1999, this interactive web based media has been frequently adding South Carolina based content. The site provides 21st century educational experiences for K-12 educators and students with content that can be searched by the South Carolina State Standards or by grade level. Some of the most popular series are Artopia for visual and performing arts and GullahNet that shares experiences of the Gullah culture. If you’re looking for content and resources to support upcoming events or celebrations, Knowitall has a blog that includes links to resources inside of their site to support your topic.

PBS Learning
Maintained by SCETV and PBS Media, PBS Learning’s K-12 platform consists of over 100,000 classroom-ready digital resources. Resources here are organized by Common Core and National Standards, grade level, and subject area. Teachers are able to build lessons, quizzes, and storyboards for students to have interactive learning experiences with multimedia content. To help users stay organized, LearningMedia offers folders where users store media to be able to share with others including students. For teachers that have a Google Classroom, there is the capability to import a class from Classroom right to PBS Learning classes
                                                for seamless sharing.

Learn 360
The Learn 360 media collection gives users the ability to segment video, pull citations for resources, and create playlists for pertinent topics. This platform provides lesson plans and activities to accompany its robust content collections. These collections include maps, audio, and printables to support student learning at every grade level. The calendar feature gives users content that is applicable to a day in history or a particular celebration during that time of year.When clicking on the date, users will find media to support these topics.

Whether you’re looking for a map of France, a simulation on how balloons fly, or a narrative SCETV has developed and curated resources to meet the needs of all K-12 teachers. With a couple of clicks, teachers gain access to over 100,000 free resources that offer students 21st century learning experiences.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Let's Talk Digital Procedures!

Image result for welcomeIn a time-honored “beginning of the year tradition,” teachers are going to start the year off going over classroom rules, procedures, and expectations for the year. They will cover everything from bathroom passes, sharpening pencils, turning in assignments, entering and exiting the classroom along with many other expectations.  How much time will classroom teachers spend talking about their digital expectations for students?

With schools moving to a 1:1 environment and more and more students showing up with cell phones, it is time to spend just as much time on students' online behavior as you do on their physical actions.  As the teacher, you establish the culture of your classroom with high expectations for student behavior and student to student interactions, both online and face-to-face.  

Because accessing devices for learning is an integral part of teaching and learning in Richland 2, it is important that conversations about behavior and consequences happen between the classroom teacher and the students.   The teacher sets the culture of high expectations with their classroom for student behavior and student to student interactions, both online and face-to-face. If you take the time to address digital expectations at the beginning of the year and continue to reinforce these expectations throughout the year, you are setting the stage for a more successful year in the classroom.

The Richland Two Technology Integration Specialist Team has created videos specifically for elementary, middle, and high school students with the goal of communicating the expectations of the Responsible Use Procedures.  The videos explain the RUP in an age-appropriate way and provide teachers with prompts for classroom discussions. We hope these resources can help classroom teachers with setting expectations for how students use and interact with digital resources.

Check out the resources for your level here:

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New and Revised Curriculum for Digital Citizenship

One of the critical areas we, as educators, focus on daily with our students is being a responsible citizen in our society. We work on building character skills on a daily basis in various ways, whether it is circle time/morning meeting, community building activities or reteaching those quick lessons when students need a “refresher” on those good habits of mind. The question is, how do you implement the learning required for students to be responsible “digital” citizens? So you know where to start? Common Sense Media has recently released some new and revised lesson plans that are FREE and completely ready to use. Here are some highlights of what you can find on their website:

Lessons are organized based on revised topics under the big umbrella of “Digital Citizenship”. This list also reflects the new “scope & sequence” where the first topic is more general, progressing to a more complex topic.

  • Media Balance & Well-Being: We find balance in our digital lives.
  • Privacy & Security - We care about everyone’s privacy.
  • Digital Footprint & Identity - We define who we are.
  • Relationships & Communication - We know the power of words & actions.
  • Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech - We are kind & courageous.
  • News & Media Literacy - We are critical thinkers & creators.

*You will find at least 1 lesson per topic for each grade level.

Common Sense MaterialsEach lesson comes with everything you need; slide deck, handouts, engaging student activities, quizzes, and family resources. The teacher guide assists your instruction from the beginning to the end, so if you are not familiar with the topic this will help reassure you are on the right track. You can adapt the lesson as you see fit, especially if you only have 10 minutes to spend on the topic that relates to what you are working on in class or discussing during classroom/community meetings. The goal is to have ongoing conversations around digital citizenship when it is appropriate in your instruction and student learning. For example, if you are asking students to post online, have a quick mini-lesson about communication and your expectations so students are aware of the appropriate ways to communicate online and what may not be appropriate.  Even if it is a think aloud, where you are modeling your thinking and reflecting as to the appropriate content to post online. Your students are listening to the deeper thinking as you model the activity.

In order to be more effective when it comes to digital citizenship, keep the learning ongoing rather than a couple of lessons done at the beginning of the year, reviewing the Responsible Use Policy that was signed by parents and students. This builds a positive culture within your classroom, the entire school and online.

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