October News for Media Literacy

Grade by Grade…

Kindergarten
This month, kindergarten students reinforce curriculum topics in reading , phonetic sounds, writing skills; Letter recognition, Number recognition, counting, they will also identify colors, shapes and develop sight word recognition. All of these skills will be developed through Ipad Applications: such as Teach Me (K-1), Sight Word Ninja, and Little Writer.
Grade 1
Students in Grade 1 will use Ipad applications to enhance curriculum topics such as Phonemic Sounds; Writing words, Drawing Pictures, Addition, Subtraction, and Sight word development. Ipad applications include : Teach Me App (1-2), Sight Word Ninja, Math Ninja, Miku’s Picnic, Learn with Homer, MeeGenius, Counting and Skip Counting, 1st Grade Splash Math
Grade 2
Students will use Ipad apps to develop curriculum topics such as Writing sentences, Addition, Subtraction, and vocabulary development. The appliclations used include Teach Me App (Grade 2-3), Sight Word Ninja, Math Ninja, Miku’s Picnic, Learn with Homer, MeeGenius, Counting and Skip Counting, 2nd Grade Splash Math, Vocabulary and Grammar!, Brain Pop Jr.

internet1Digital Citizenship Grades 3-5
Before delving into our grade differentiated Media Literacy Projects, the students will first establish their Google Classroom Accounts, and become comfortable with using it’s new features. Next, the students explore the roles of being a Good Digital Citizen as they will be utilizing the internet to research, take digital field trips and use digital media to produce their projects.
Digital Citizenship lessons will include:
Privacy & Security
Students learn strategies for managing their online information and keeping it secure from online risks such as identity thieves and phishing. They learn how to create strong passwords, how to avoid scams and schemes, and how to analyze privacy policies.
Internet Safety
Students explore how the Internet offers an amazing way to collaborate with others worldwide, while staying safe through employing strategies such as distinguishing between inappropriate contact and positive connections.
Information Literacy
Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit.
Cyberbullying
Students learn what to do if they are involved in a cyberbullying situation. They explore the roles people play and how individual actions —both negative and positive — can impact their friends and broader communities. Students are encouraged to take the active role of upstander and build positive, supportive online communities.
Creative Credit & Copyright
Living in a “copy/paste” culture, students need to reflect on their responsibilities and rights as creators in the online spaces where they consume, create, and share information. From addressing plagiarism to piracy, students learn about copyright and fair use.