This is a flexible unit of ten 50-minute lessons to guide younger students through the various modes of writing online. In particular, we cover search queries, emails, blogs, and wikis.
- How can the computer help me do what I want to do?
- What is freewriting?
- Why is maintaining a consistent email address useful?
- What does a professional email look like?
- What is the difference between a blog and a paper journal?
- How will anyone find your blog?
- What other tags can I use in my blog posts?
- I'm looking for something. It's probably on the web. How do I find it?
- What special features are hidden in Google specifically?
- How can a group collaborate on a single document?
- How do I add new pages to a wiki?
- How do you make sense of a new web service?
- Managing multiple online identities
- Email courtesy
- Publishing a blog
- Maintaining a wiki
- Smarter searching
- Reflecting about your online experiences
- Sharing your learning with others
This unit makes the following assumptions:
- The classroom has at least a 1:2 computer:student ratio
- The classroom has unfiltered Internet access
- The classroom teacher has access to a computer with a projector
- The class will be thirty or fewer students
- "Groups" means clusters of four or five students
- "Pairs" means two or three
This unit is designed to be as flexible as possible. They should fit as well in a homeroom or advising period as they might during a "computer" class. Likewise, activities may be sliced out and fit into any number of existing sequences.
Although filtered Internet access is unfortunately becoming a reality in K-12, it often fails to filter data that could actually offend. As such, it is important to check all of the sites you plan to use in class in advance.