Monday, August 6, 2012

Week 4 21st Century Citizenship


  1. Design a curricular lesson which embeds one major theme from the Cornell University Digital Literacy Resource site. The Digital Literacy (DL) component should not necessarily be the focus of the lesson, rather cover the curricular content while including DL as an aspect of the lesson. Share the lesson as a Google Doc with your instructor.
Here is my Curricular assignment using the Cornell Digital Literacy site & my Alignment with Net's
Alignment assignment 
Curricular Lesson for Art Research

Review the District 219 Internet Safety materials at the following url:
Blog Post: Reflect on how one establishes a classroom culture where students respect others and interact safely on the Internet. 
The bottom line in a successful art classroom is building a classroom ethos that is safe, collegial and open to expression. This isn't an easy task, since art is one of the most frightening subjects for people. There is this myth that art is only for the talented and only certain people are blessed with the ability to create.  The truth is we are all creative and express our creativity in different ways. I approach using technology and the Internet the same way I set the tone in the classroom-we are here to support each other and to help each other grow in a positive and safe manner. Since art is so personal, it requires a level of risk taking that you do not experience in any other subject matter. Until an artist gains some confidence, they are on very fragile ground and could shut down easily. Navigating this process takes a certain finesse and trust. In order to gain this trust there needs to be a foundation built and a safety net for making mistakes (which we welcome). Training students to observe, analyze and honor where people are at in their process is mandatory in order to give students the chance to grow. Having secure limits in place and offering students the opportunity to fail, problem solve, experiment and not judge themselves or their peers is paramount to their success. Critiquing in a responsible way is a skill, since most students want to pontificate on their visceral reaction to a piece of art as opposed to addressing the formal qualities of a work. Content and technique are two different areas and people have to be trained on how to look at work with fresh eyes and respect where the artist is at. Giving feedback is critical and the rules for in school critiquing and online critiquing are the same-guided with questions that are formal and use art vocabulary as well as making connections to art history.


Review the District 219 Internet Safety materials at the following url:
https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/219-internet-safety/home
Blog Post: Reflect on how one establishes a classroom culture where students respect others and interact safely on the Internet. 
I think I've already outlined how I cultivate a culture of respect in whatever we do in the classroom. I think it's my job to keep students aware of the pitfalls of technology in terms of social etiquette and empathy. Posting online can be a minefield for students who are not socially adept, nor have the basic communication skills necessary to communicate appropriately. Teaching social literacy can help a student who could potentially be easily misinterpreted. So much of what we do in art revolves around assessment and critiquing is a major tool that we use frequently-
Having stringent guidelines and a structure for critiquing is crucial to the success of using technology safely and respectfully. 

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