1.- Open your page - you will find it HERE .

Make sure you can edit it - sign in.

2. - you will be starting:

Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain

Click on the link below to go to the unit page: The directions for what to do next will be there.
Digital Citizenship and Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain - Day 1

If you finish early, you can play one of the games below (but ALL the information asked for must be completed first).

Advertising Game

Darfur is Dying

Debt Management Game

Physics Games

logic mind games

This is your home page. You will find all the information and assignments here. This is where you will find the wiki pages where you will post any assignments.

This course will focus on embedding the learning of specific technology skills and tools into projects and assignments that are part of the curriculum.

These technology skills and tools will include:
Internet Safety and Ethics
Evaluating websites
Blogging, wikis, vodcasting, and other Web 2.0 Applications.

Class Rule

Respect your rights and the rights of others to learn.
Please be sure to ASK FIRST before using any games in the classroom. There is much research that games can be beneficial in many ways but there is a time and a place. You may not play first person shooter games in the classroom.

Grading Policy

Students will be assessed on computer skill development, activities, class projects, and non-academic behavior.


Outline of Classes/Units

This is a tentative outline of our classes.

Guidelines for Writing Online


For this unit you are to explore all aspects of what is called "Web 2.0".
Some topics you need to explore include:

  • Social Bookmarking (e.g. Diigo or Delicious)
  • Blogging (e.g.
  • RSS
  • Wikis
  • Social Educational Networking

Task 1

What is Web 2.0? Watch the following video. Make sure you are able to explain the definition of Web 2.0

Task 2

Setting up an iGoogle page (RSS Reader)

Here we will learn how RSS (really simple syndication) works by setting up RSS readers and adding Widgets. First watch the ice video.

1. Go to the Falmouth Google page .

2. Sign in using your PowerSchool login and password.
3. Set up your acct. - click I accept. Create my acct.
4. We will modify the start page.

Widgets to add
  • email
  • Google docs
  • news feed - people, cnn, USA Today
  • Google calendar widget
  • Weather widget.
  • A bookmarks/links widget
  • Any others you wish to add (remember, this is a school account and anything you add should be appropriate!

Task 3

FMS Ning - This is the 7th and 8th grade site for discussion. It is an educational social networking site.

  • Go to your email
  • You should have a message from Falmouth MS Ning - click on the link, wait for approval, click on 7th Grade Tri 3 Group
  • Go to My Page and fill in your profile - no personal information.

Task 4

Watch the What is a Blog video.
1. Go out on the web and find at least 3 blogs that you would be interested in reading. Think about your hobbies. Think about the movies you look. Many famous people have blogs.
2. Add their RSS feed to your Falmouth Google page for the 3 blogs you found.
3. Go to the Ning and start a blog post. To start a blog post - go to the My Page tab, the on the left click on blog posts.
Answer the following questions:
  • Compare a blog to a social networking site (such Facebook) - how are they similar and how are they different?
  • Compare a social networking site, like Facebook, to this Ning (and educational social networking site) how are they the same and how are they different?
  • What 3 blogs did you choose and why (be specific!)?
  • Do you have your own blog? If so, what kinds of things do you write about?

Task 5

Social Bookmarking
Diigo is an Social Bookmarking Site - watch this video to learn more about Diigo and what social bookmarking is:

Login to Diigo using your Diigo login and password.
Follow the directions to Install Diigolet
Then click on How to add bookmarks - under Help.
Bookmark 6 or more relevant and useful websites (you can include videos in this as well) that explain something about Web 2.0. Make sure you tag them with Web2.0 and other keywords.

UNIT 2: Wiki's - Pages and Collaboration

In this unit you will

- Create a short video about yourself.

- Start a wiki page of your own and post your video there.

- Post your video on a partner's wiki page. Write about what you have in common.

We will watch a short Animoto video to see what it is.

Task 1:

Go to Animoto and create a video that represents you - without using a picture of yourself. Use at least 12-15 pictures/images. Use the following email address to example:

DO NOT use your last name or your real birth date and use 04011 as the zip code.

The trick is to try and represent yourself in images. Try to come up with pictures of things you like, hobbies you have, pets, etc. Here is the information your Animoto should contain:
  • something that you do
  • something that you believe
  • something that you listen to
  • something that you like to eat
  • some place you want to be
  • something you want to be known for
  • something you cannot do without
  • something you would change (in your life, in the world)
  • something you want to know more about

YOU MUST HAVE THE URL FOR EACH PICTURE - Start a word document or a sticky. As you find pictures, copy the url to the doc or sticky. When you have all your pictures, take a screen shot of the url's (command, shift, 4) and upload that as one of your pictures.

To search for images use Google Advanced Image Search and next to Usage Rights choose - labeled for reuse.

Task 2:

Watch the video to find out how a wiki works..


The next step is to create your own wiki page and post the animoto video there
Follow these directions (click on the link)
external image x-shockwave-flash.png Creating Wiki Page.swf

Posting directions:
Click on your video and then on the small blue box underneath that says - Video Toolbox (Share, Edit, Remix, etc)
Choose Embed
Click on the middle size.
Underneath should appear a code - Click on Copy
On your page, click the blue tv icon at the top of the page in the Editor toolbar.
On the left click on Video.
Click on other.
In the box, paste the code and save.
Go back to your page and save.
The video should appear.


Collaboration: A wiki is different than a regular web page. One of the main reasons we would use a wiki is to collaborate with others. Day 1 Post your page HERE - the directions are on the page. Day 3 Post your page HERE - the directions are on the page. You will be assigned a partner. Please post your video on their page and watch their video. Edit their page and write about what you think you have in common. Please read the online communication guidelines below - pay particular attention to the commenting guidelines near the end. ONLINE COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES


Mini-Unit: Website Evaluation

How do you know if a website that you go to contains accurate and reliable information? In this mini-unit you will:

  • Compare and contrast the reliability of resources available on the Web to those in a library.
  • Interpret the criteria on a Web site evaluation checklist.
  • Apply an evaluation checklist and reach a conclusion about the usefulness of a Web site for research.
Task 1 - Download the
Task 2 - Each group will be assigned a different web page to evaluate
and fill in the worksheet about that site.
Task 3 - In the Google Docs document each group will link to their assigned website and write their BRIEF summary.


UNIT 3: Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain

Digital Citizenship and Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain - Day 1

-Digital Citizenship and Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain-Day 3


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