Monday, April 14, 2014

4th Graders and iPad Responsibility: Bootcamp Week 2

In the 4th graders' second (and final) week of Bootcamp, students focused on learning proper etiquette and safety precautions for using the iPad Minis.

Here was our line-up for the week:

Bootcamp Lesson 4: iPad Basics

While many students had prior experiences using a touch-screen tablet, students learned more tips and tricks for using the iPad in this lesson.  Each student was given an iPad Reference Card, which showed them diagrams of the device and explained how to use various features on the iPad.  

Then, students partnered up to solve scenarios involving the iPad.  Each pair looked through a list of scenarios shared with them in their Google Drives, including:

  1. It’s 2:45 pm on Friday.  You are done using your iPad for the week.  How do you turn your iPad completely off to save batteries over the weekend?

  1. You are using ShowMe and the app starts acting glitchy.  It won’t let you record for some strange reason.  You decide to force quit the app.  Hint: Look on the Reference Card under Multitask where it says, “To close an app…”  How do you do it?

  1. Oh no!  Your iPad seems to be frozen.  You decide to force restart your iPad.  Show how you do it.

  1. You are working on Safari, but you read some text that is too small.  How do you zoom in?

The rest of the scenarios can be found in this Google Doc.  Students read the scenarios and then completed the tasks.  Everyone walked away learning something new.  Most importantly, they learned how to trouble-shoot for themselves!

Bootcamp Lesson 5: Safe & Ethical Use

Apps on the iPad like Edmodo, Google Drive, and Gmail allow students to be collaborative and communicative.  However, if students aren't shown how to communicate effectively, their online conversations end up looking more like this.

In this lesson, we had students view a good online discussion and a bad online discussion.  After watching, students identified what made a good discussion "good" and what made a bad discussion "bad."  Here's the list that Mr. Williams' students created:

Finally, students participated in their own online discussion using Edmodo.  They were asked to communicate silently, using only their iPads.  We encouraged students to respond once to the prompt and at least one more time responding respectfully to another student's comment. 

As a class, students read back their comments and reflected upon what they did right and what could be better.  While many of the responses would have fallen under the category of a good post, we did have to review how to stay on topic, write full responses, and proofread before hitting "reply."  

Bootcamp Lesson 6: Internet Safety

Our final lesson was on Internet Safety.  First, we had a discussion about all the great things the Internet allows us to do in school (research for a project, ask a question that can help us with homework, etc).  We also discussed the reasons that the Internet can be a scary place sometimes (irrelevant, untrue, or inappropriate information).  We talked about how it's important to tell your teacher immediately if you ever see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable.  

Then, we walked students through the ways to avoid ever finding something like that by accident.  First, we set our Google Search to the "Safe" setting.  To do this, just scroll to the bottom of and click "Settings."  Then, click "Search Settings."  Then click the box for "Filter explicit results." And click "Lock SafeSearch."  You'll have to enter your Google account information in order to lock everything in place for future searches.

With the Google SafeSearch enabled, the next step was showing students how to stay away from "bad links on good sites."  Even sites that have great research capabilities, like the San Diego Zoo website, can have links a child should not click.  Students navigated the sites and pointed out the links that were ok to click and the links where they should not click.  

Here's an example of the links that are "ok for clicking" at The San Diego Zoo web site:

And some places that students identified as "not appropriate for under 13:"

The 4th graders understood that clicking on social media was not okay and neither is clicking on advertisements.  

Overall, it seems that the fourth graders are rising to the responsibility and privilege of using the iPads for school use.  They've got a solid foundation for Digital Citizenship.  Let the learning begin!

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