Today our grade 4 class became Super Digital Citizens with the interactive Nearpod lesson by Common Sense Media called ‘Super Digital Citizens.’ Our students made the OJCS proud by showing what kind and compassionate upstanders they would be in the face of cyberbullying. An upstander is someone who speaks or acts in support of someone … Continue reading Grade 4 Become Super Digital Citizens
I would like to welcome back our OJCS students and families. To find out more about the library, visit the Back to School Night Videos page on my blog. What if instead of coming to the OJCS, your parents had sent you to Pirate School? In this story, we are going to find out what … Continue reading A Back to School Story – Captain Abdul’s Pirate School
I have created a new, interactive, workshop for middle schoolers in Nearpod that will explore AI history, uses, and the controversies around it. Here is a Nearpod preview. Note: The preview link will expire within 14 days. Here is a video of the slides for a quick preview of the lesson:
It is public speaking time at the OJCS, which means most grades are engaged in doing research for their speeches. The following is a lesson for our grade 7s and 8s (although it can be used across most grades) that explains how we determine if the sources we want to use for our research are … Continue reading Information Credibility – Research for Public Speaking
A middle school media literacy lesson With TikTok becoming the social media platform of choice for so many students, it is important that they learn to recognize the misinformation, hate, and propaganda on the platform. It is also critical that they become aware of some of the TikTok controversies, like the privacy issues with the … Continue reading Becoming a Critical Thinker on TikTok
An OJCS Library Workshop for Grades 4-8 This workshop has been offered to teachers both as a Nearpod lesson and in the following video format. This workshop focuses on ways to keep our online friendships healthy and happy. It also focuses on ways to deal with negative emotions that may come up, like jealousy.
Here is a slides lesson to help students understand the risks of sexting, sending nude photos and videos, and Omegle. To view the slides in full screen, click the 3 dots and hit ‘enter full screen’.
I wanted to take a moment to highlight an incredible program for our students that is available online. I have been both impressed and amazed by the work that The News Literacy Project is doing to help build critical thinking skills in students. The News Literacy Project is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization that is … Continue reading The News Literacy Project’s Checkology Program
Here is a workshop that can be used from grade 1 to grade 4. We will talk about some of the most important ways we can stay safe and kind online while gaming. Protecting our game passwords Not sharing personal information in game chats Being kind in game chats Not being overly competitive Finding our … Continue reading Keeping Online Gaming Safe and Kind
Considerations for Parents If you are the parent of an elementary aged student there is a pretty good chance your kids are on Roblox. Roblox is an online game or app in which players from around the world converge in different games that are created by its own users or professional game development groups. Some … Continue reading Reflecting on Roblox