Sidenote: The Plan

In thinking about this final project, I also had to include additional thoughts that’s not necessarily part of the “action.” Most of the background and the thinking behind what I’m doing will be included in the Sidenotes of this series. The main posts will be about the “action” that’s happening in the classroom.


First, as this is a final project in my COETAIL journey, I had to consider various standards that this project / unit will lead to. So, without further ado, from the ISTE Standards for Students, here are the standards that will be met:

Standard 1b. Creativity and Innovation: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

Standard 3b. Research and Information Fluency: Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

Standard 5a: Digital Citizenship: Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

Standard 5b: Digital citizenship: Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning and productivity


How will I know that these standards have been met? I have a few ideas of how I will be assessing their understanding of Digital Citizenship:

  1. Before and after interview with the students, asking the question, “What is digital citizenship?” and “What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?”
  2. Looking at the beginning of the students’ blogs to see what media they are using and if they are paying attention to ethically use what they find on the internet.
  3. Information observations and communication with students about what they are thinking as they create, participate and work using the technological tools.
  4. Over the course of the year, looking at if they maintain their personal blog as a way to express and share their thinking.

By the end of the course, I will be able to look at the first three evidences, but the fourth evidence will happen after the course is over, closer to the end of the year.



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