Author:
Stephanie Mcmillan
Subject:
Information Technology Education, Technology and Engineering Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment
Level:
Upper Elementary
Tags:
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Filmmaking
  • Lesson Plan
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Text/HTML

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    Digital Citizens Filmmaking Lesson Plan

    Digital Citizens Filmmaking Lesson Plan

    Overview

    This lesson is designed to further student understanding of what it looks like to be a good Digital Citizen in their community. Students will use the medium of filmmaking to share their understanding of digital citizenship and to either portray a fictional scenario involving a digital citizenship principle or a documentary-style clip sharing information about digital citizenship.

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    Summary

    This lesson is designed to further student understanding of what it looks like to be a good Digital Citizen in their community. Students will use the medium of filmmaking to share their understanding of digital citizenship and to either portray a fictional scenario involving a digital citizenship principle or a documentary-style clip sharing information about digital citizenship.

    • 6-8 30 minute time periods
    • Elements of the project could be done synchronously, asynchronously, or face-to-face, and virtually depending on circumstances. 
    • Author Stephanie McMillan

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to choose a digital citizenship rule/idea/principle that they feel is significant
    • Students will express their understanding of that principle by developing a script and storyboard that revolves around their dig cit principle
    • Students will use their script/storyboard to create a 30-60 second film 
    • Students will edit their footage to create a final product

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will demonstrate their understanding of digital citizenship principles by creating a short film intended for a younger audience (K-3)

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of digital citizenship. They will have watched a series of videos from Common Sense Media and participated in class discussions and Nearpod Collaboration boards in order to understand the various aspects of Dig Cit.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Common Sense Media videos are available to watch in Spanish or English. If you watch whole class videos, you could easily give an ELL learner an ipad with the Spanish version of the video.

    Because of the creative nature of the project, diverse learners can come into the project at whatever level they are at and find success. Pair students who may be struggling with stronger students to promote understanding. 

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    Introduce students to Common Sense Media or netsafeutah videos about digital citizenship (linked below). This could be in 1-2 class periods or could be over the course of several weeks one at a time. Before you begin, tell students that they will be choosing a digital citizenship principle to focus on and eventually create a video about. Ask them to keep this in mind as they watch the dig cit videos.

    Once you have watched several videos, do the student Nearpod brainstorming activity (linked below). This includes posters from Common Sense Media and their Pause and Think Online video. Each digital citizen is representing a different part of digital citizenship. Allow students to type their thoughts about each category.

    Divide students into groups of 3-4 students. Have them complete the Dig Cit Brainstorming sheet (below).

    Share exemplar video with students (attached below) (though this is a lab skills video, the same ideas will apply to the Dig Cit video)

    Explain that you will be providing students with iPads (or whatever camera equipment you have access to) in order to create their own video about their chosen Dig Cit principle.  Conference with student groups about their plans.

    Have students complete the Basic Script paper. Conference with students. 

    Have students complete the Basic Storyboard paper. Conference with students. 

    Give students time and access to film and edit their videos.

    Have students complet the Film Workshop paper. Conference with students. 

    Allow students time to re-edit and revise their video if needed. 

     

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Though there is no end-of-unit test, this project is filled with assessment of many forms:

    • Questioning - students will participate in a Nearpod discussion using collaboration boards about various aspects of digital citizenship.
    • Feedback loops - Students will conference with instructor after each phase of the project.
    • Student self-reflection - Students will reflect on their progress using the Film workshop paper.
    • Assignments - Students will complete the Basic Script and Basic Storyboard
    • Performances - Students will be involved in filming and/or acting in their video
    • Presentations - Students will share their videos with their class and with a 2nd grade class
    • Observations - Students will be observed throughout the project.
    • Products - Students will create a video demonstrating their understanding of a digital citizenship principle. 

    Attach or link to any needed assessment files.

    Be sure to attach rubrics for any assessments included in your lesson using the "Attach Section Resources" button below. Rubric attachments could be screenshots of rubrics created in Canvas, spreadsheets or documents containing rubrics, or rubrics created using the UEN Rubric Tool.