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 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
Proficiency in computer basics terminology
Internet Safety, basics and Ethics
Evaluating websites
Blogging, wikis, vodcasting, and other Web 2.0 Applications.

Class Rules

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.
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice." Confucious

Grading Policy

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

Outline of Classes

This is a tentative outline of our classes.

Find more videos like this on The Educator's PLN


Wikis in Plain English Video




Post Action Projects Here


Week of Mar 1

*While you are researching and editing your pages, think about who you could present this information to (your audience) and how you could present it. You can work in groups of 2 or 3 and discuss more than one topic.

1) Read about subtopic (if you haven't already)
Subtopic groups - read
(10 min)
2) Start editing both pages - start with main topic but if you find info on your subtopic, add that.
  • Let them know what you did.
  • Give them thoughts on what needs to happen (give feedback if required).
  • Make a comment of something you liked (that someone did)
  • Let them know where you plan to start next class (and when that is).
  • Talk about issues.

If you get a message that you have a previous draft - always choose DISCARD THE DRAFT
etiquette or literacy or law Parents sue school for role in "sexting" tragedy

Feb 11
1) Finish watching video
2) Go to Ning and write a reflective blog post about the video. The details are on the Ning.
3) Go to the Wiki and make sure your name and school are on your main topic page and your subtopic page.
"Talk" to partners if they have a link to their page.
Make sure you have written an introductory post - this should have been done. An introductory post could be - 5 things about me. Make sure to tag it FMS
4) Discuss wiki editing.

Norms/subtopics from Don Tapscott's book - Grown Up Digital
(you only need to read your about your subtopic and the introduction).

  • Guiding Questions: What are the issues with being online? How can I become a responsible citizen when using technology? How can I make others in my community aware of the importance of being a conscientious digital citizen and behaving appropriately when using technology and online resources?
  • Learning Objectives: Students will work in pairs to create a lesson based on one of the nine elements of digital citizenship.

To answer the guiding questions you will be working on a global collaborative project called Digiteen.
Your first task will be to join the Flat Classroom Wiki, then the Digiteen Wiki, and the Digiteen Ning.
1. Got to the Flat Classroom Wik i and on the top right click on join.
Use your first name last initial - FMS as your username. Example JohnS-FMS and your powerschool password and email acct.
Wait while I approve you.

When you are approved, refresh the page and on the left side look for Digiteen 10-1

On the left hand side (under the black ball that says digiteen) click on Join this Wiki. Use the same username and password and agian I will have to approve you.

2. Go to the Digiteen Ning
login using your email address and your powerschool password
You will have to wait until I approve you.
Refresh the page and click on Falmouth Middle School - you will get a message that says:

Members mush be approved
Falmouth Middle School is accepting new members. If you would like to join, click here to request access from the Group Creato

Join and then wait for access to the group.
You can go to My Page and fill in your profile - you may add a picture if you wish. No personal information
Students 'find' team members on the Ning and make first contact via posting comments and adding as friends
Say Hi to your group members - this is called the "Handshake Phase" of the project. You will be collaborating with many people on this project so you need to get to know them.

Things to Remember:
These guidelines are taken directly from the Digiteen website Make sure that you read them and ask questions if there is anything that you do not understand.
Your electronic forums are public. Your work can be seen by anyone on the web. For this reason, it’s pretty important that we follow some sensible guidelines for put
ting ourselves “out there”…

  1. Your wikis / nings are really just online extensions of our classroom. Speech that is not appropriate for class is not appropriate for your electronic forums
either. While you are strongly encouraged to engage in debate and conversation with other participants, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner
representative of your school.
      • Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our wikis / nings. Your electronic forums exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share
anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your last name**, your phone number or your
home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.
  1. Think carefully about your user names, about the context of your user name, making sure that all names are non-offensive in any form of meaning and if in
doubt - don't use it.
  1. Again, your electronic forum is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means
ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful or immature things you said when
you were younger and more prone to foolish things.** Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.
      • Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something
that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a
different source.
  1. Please refrain from using 'text speak' (or txt language/sms) as it is not appropriate to educational settings, unless specifically requested. It may also be
disconcerting to those who do not speak English well, as these people may need to use an online translator. The translator will not be able to interpret the
context unless correct English is used. Remember that online work may have a global audience.
  1. If you feel that a person is at risk, writing work that is upsetting to you or others, making you feel uncomfortable or indicating that they may need help
coping with their day to day life, please let a teacher or trusted adult know so that the matter can be attended to immediately.

All quite reasonable rules really… (adapted from these)
Some of you may make use of other electronic forums and perhaps the same guidelines should apply?
Growing Up Online

As we watch the video please participate in the Back Channel Chat . The password will be on the board.
Watch for questions to respond to, make comments, ask your own questions.
Remember, this is a SCHOOL chatroom. It is not for personal discussions!

Norms/subtopics from Don Tapscott's book - Grown Up Digital

Jing Project
Computer Basics - Day 2
Computer Basics - Day 1
Computer Basics Quiz