News From the Library–3/15/2010

Becoming A Digital Citizen

This week sixth graders had a lesson on Digital Citizenship.  After viewing a Keynote about what it means to be a good digital citizen we had a lively discussion about the salient points.  For example, students were asked if they were thirteen years old.  None were, of course.  Then I showed them the terms of use for Facebook where it clearly states you must be at least 13 to have a Facebook page.  When it became evident that some sixth graders did have Facebook pages,  we talked about whether or not it was ethical to do so in as much as they would have to lie about their age in order to have one  (One student requested help deleting his Facebook page when we finished.)  We also talked about never saying anything in an email or online that you wouldn’t say in person, and never posting anything online that a future potential employer might find inappropriate.  After our discussion, students made comments on our Skills Blog about what it means to be a digital citizen.  Please feel free to take a look at their thoughts.  For safety, they posted with initials only.

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarten–To get ready for St. Patrick’s Day next week, Kindergarteners heard Alice Schertle’s Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day about a boy who forgets to wear green.  After being teased he is rescued by his principal in a very effective way and the day turns out for the best after all.  We checked who would have been okay if Friday had been St. Patrick’s Day as a little practice for next week.  And then we counted the days until Wednesday.  (Can you tell who once forgot to wear green when she was in elementary school???)

First Grade–Mrs. Steele’s class was at the assembly this week and Mrs. Ishikawa’s class was on a field trip to Lake Cachuma.

Second Grade & Third Grade–Voting Day arrived!  After reading Do Unto Otters, the last of the 5 books for the California Young Reader Medal, second & third graders cast their ballots.

Fourth Grade–Continuing our theme this week of digital citizenship, fourth graders saw a short video about “Netiquette” on the website BrainPop.  After discussing the similarities and differences between who you are in person and who you are online, we took a quiz.  Both Mr. Orr’s and Mrs. Edwards’ classes scored a perfect 10!

Fifth Grade–Mrs. Wooten’s class missed library because of a symposium I attended Monday morning and Mrs. Weill’s class played a rousing game of Jeopardy.

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One comment on “News From the Library–3/15/2010

  1. Susan Finnegan says:

    As an relatively new elementary school librarian in Seattle I really appreciate your web presence. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your Keynote regarding Digital Citizenship and “ethical presence online”. Last summer my family stopped in Bodie on our way to Yosemite. I also got some great photos. The history behind the town is fascinating. I couldn’t image living there during the winter.

    Susan Finnegan

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