Challenge your students during STEM or Computer Lab time to plan and code a story that promotes being a good digital citizen.
Students learn about and consider digital citizenship topics through planning and coding a story.
Plan to read the instructions whole-group and then have students do the activity slides independently or in pairs.
1.With the file in edit mode, students click in the text box and type their answers.
2.You may want to remove the teacher instruction from the student copy. To do this, make a copy of the entire file and then take out the slides you don’t want.
3.Plan how you want to share the file with your students. I’m providing the Google Slides file link (on page 5) but you can also use this as a PowerPoint file. Using Google Classroom makes it really easy, but any learning management system can be used to send the file to students.
Objective: By the end of this unit, students will be able to use their coding skills to create a program that promotes digital citizenship.
Standards: This lesson plan aligns with the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students, specifically focusing on the “Innovative Designer” strand and Standard 4a. Students will engage in a deliberate design process, generate creative ideas, and create innovative artifacts as they build and design their own program.
Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with creating in Sprite Lab on Code.org. If they need a lesson prior to completing this project, the HelloWorld tutorial can provide them with some essential skills. You can also create free accounts for students to save their work on code.org.
Students should also have some background knowledge on Digital Citizenship.
Duration: 3-4 class periods (45-60 minutes each)
Introduction & Brainstorming (30 minutes):
1. Begin the lesson by reviewing the importance of digital citizenship. Explain that digital citizenship refers to the responsible and ethical use of technology, including online safety, privacy, and respectful online behavior.
2. Engage students in a brief discussion about their own experiences with digital citizenship. Have students complete the brainstorming page independently or as a whole class.
3. Guide students to brainstorm and discuss ideas for a story outline that promotes digital citizenship. Encourage them to consider the specific aspects of digital citizenship they would like to address.
Planning & Design (30 minutes):
1. Instruct students to organize their ideas and develop a plan for their digital citizenship program. They should consider the following aspects: Digital Citizenship Rule/Lesson, Characters, Setting, Problem & Solution.
2. Have students complete a storyboard to plan the flow of their story from beginning to end.
Programming & Story Development (2-3 class periods):
1. In order for students to save their work and progress, they should be logged into their free code.org accounts.
2. Allocate sufficient time for students to work on coding and developing their programs. The duration will depend on the complexity of the project and students’ coding proficiency. Depending on your time constraints, you may have students create a program for one scene or their entire story.
3. Encourage students to apply coding concepts and techniques learned in previous lessons. Provide support and guidance as needed, and encourage collaboration among students to share ideas and troubleshoot challenges.
Presentation & Reflection (10 minutes):
1. Allow students to share their projects with others, such as classmates, school administrators, or even wider audiences, to raise awareness and inspire further action.
2. Wrap up the lesson by reflecting on the importance of using coding skills to promote digital citizenship. Highlight the digital citizenship rules that students shared.
3. Discuss the potential impact of computer science in addressing online safety, inclusivity, or other aspects of digital citizenship.
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