3. Independent Learning
What do you want to learn more about?
Activity 3a: Select a topic to study and create a learning product
Now that you have a good sense of what concepts comprise digital citizenship and you have identified areas that you want to know more about, let's get to it! Remember the goal is to demystify the concept, not to become an expert of it at this point.
You're going to conduct an independent study on one of the learning targets you identified. You may use the same learning target you posted in the previous section, or a different one.
You'll independently investigate your topic of choice using a variety of different strategies. (Choose at least 3 of the 5 strategies below to investigate your topic.)
- Search the web and see what you find. Be mindful, though, that there are all different types of information about there about each of the topics so be discriminating and evaluate what you are looking at. This might be a good way to get a lay of the land, but may be less helpful or more time consuming than you want it to be.
- Look for examples - Depending on the topic, you might find something relevant in the news, within in your own social media feed, or online elsewhere. Explore it. What do you notice? If you are personally involved in the example, how did you react? How did others react?
- Talk to 1-3 other people about this and see what you might learn from that exchange.
- Use social media to pose a question and see who in your network can provide assistance.
- Use this "short list" of resources that I've compiled. Keep in mind this is not all-inclusive, but it can get you going in the right direction.
Then, you'll create a digital learning product to share what you learned. Examples of digital learning products and free tools you can use to create them are provided below. Keep in mind, this is not an all-inclusive list for either learning product choices nor tools.
- Blog post (Tools: Edublogs, Word Press, Kidblog)
- Infographic (Tools: Canva, Pictochart, Google Draw)
- Slide Deck (Tools: PowerPoint, Google Slides, Apple Keynote)
- Screencast (Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, Quicktime)
- Video or Digital Story (iMovie, WeVideo, Puppet Pals, PowToon)
- Digital Mind Map (Coggle, SpiderScribe, Popplet - free to try)
- Digital Graphic (Google Draw, Editor Method)
- Other... (you may have some other idea for a learning product!)
- Thing Link
- Show Me
- Explain Everything
- Ed Puzzle
Activity 2c: Share your learning product and review at least one other person's learning product
Review other people's
Activity 2d: Continue Learning About Dig Cit
You've investigated one topic in depth. What will you study next? Even though this course doesn't require any other investigations, you might have some additional learning targets that you want to pursue on your own. Stay committed to learning and observing the digital spaces in which you participate. Keep asking questions and talking to others.
Richard Culatta #digcitcommit (maybe?)
Let's practice these skills. Go to section 3.