First Assignment - May 22

"My Favourite Things" Glogster - use the teacher code 4H3989


How you will be marked:

add photos/images/videos - 10 marks
5 favourite things with descriptions - 10 marks
use of colours - 5 marks
layout- 5 marks
creativity - 5 marks

TOTAL - 35 marks

Second Assignment - May 23

As an introduction to Digital Citizenship, play this game on the link here: Are you a responsible Digital Citizen?

PRINT your results and hand them in to me.

Write 6-8 sentences about what you learned, what surprised you and what you already knew about being a responsible digital citizen.

Save in your h drive, in your digital citizenship folder as digital quiz 1.

Third Assignment - May 24

1. Set up a Blogger account. Create your blog, personalize it, add pictures/graphics.

2. Add my blog address to your Reading List and give your blog address to me.

3. In your blog, create a new post, title it Blog 1, answer the following: "Does texting make you smarter? Agree or disagree with two specific examples."

4. Next, go to my blog and respond to the First Post.


Fourth Assignment - May 25th-28th

Complete your assignment in WORD, including ten pictures for the ten items.
At least 500 words explaining the items.
Explain TWO items that have enriched or made your life better somehow.
Explain how ONE item has taken something away from your life.

35 marks


Fifth Assignment - May 29th/30th

1 - Pick ONE technological device and explain how it would affect your life now if it was suddenly removed from the world.

2 - Now that this device has been removed, what would it be replaced with? If it no longer exists, would it affect any other items in the world? For example, if you choose to delete an iPod, could you still access the cloud if the iPod was the only i-device you had?

3 - Once you have chosen the device you would eliminate, explain the effects of it not existing for the entire world.

Type you answer in a WORD document, save in your h drive, Digital Citizenship Folder, as Remove ONE piece of Technology.

3 paragraphs - 15 marks.

May 31

worksheet on Digital Citizenship for you to research and compete - 15 marks.

June 1st


Why is it important to become a responsible digital citizen?

People often forget or don't realize that their images and comments placed online will be viewed by hundreds or thousands of other users.

The internet is not like a diary that you can hide from everyone else, the words you type are etched in stone for the entire world to read. Even when you remove your accounts and disable your profiles, they are not really gone. With many internet programs, you can search back for sites which have been deleted and even the data which was typed onto them.

As an example,” the Library of Congress has acquired the archive of all Tweets since the introduction of Twitter in 2006, a snapshot of our society for future reference. This means that any comment that anyone has posted on Twitter since it started, is now permanently recorded forever.”

Here is another example, say you wish to delete your FACEBOOK account. You can't. But you knew that already didn't you?

It seems users wishing to remove their Facebook profiles are only given the option to deactivate their accounts. These accounts become inaccessible, but still remain in Facebook's database. To really wipe out all information, Facebook advises users log in and manually remove all data from their profile before deactivating their account.

BUT Facebook servers keep copies of the information in those accounts indefinitely. Indeed, users who have contacted Facebook to request that their accounts be deleted have not succeeded in erasing their records from the network.

Their Terms of Service made this clear, actually. You don’t own what you post and type into the internet.

In the end, all you can do is think carefully before you post photos, before you blog, and even before you send an email because the internet is more of a permanent record than anything else.

In the digital age we must all be aware that the illusion of privacy is just that: an illusion. And you may never know when it will come back to haunt you. Maybe a future job interview or when your future husband/wife sees an embarrassing photo or video you posted online during high school.

The following video provides insight into the concept of one’s digital footprint and how
information can be accumulated over a lifetime.

The video follows Andy through life and shows how his digital footprint started to appear even before he was born.

We need to understand the fact that everyone leaves a digital footprint, as long as they are living in a technological society. Employers now perform Google background checks before interviewing potential employees. Students must recognize their footprint, for their own safety as well, as criminals/stalkers may use any kind of digital information to pursue criminal activity such as fraud, identity theft or assault.

Once you post something it’s out of your control, and it’s out there forever. Freedom of expression comes with consequences for those actions, and there are now many examples of young adults being sued or prosecuted because of careless or deliberate Internet postings.

Nowadays uploading images to the internet has never been easier. With a quick snap from a cell phone camera and a couple extra clicks, you can post photos to your Facebook account within seconds. Photo sharing can be fun, but there are some things you need to consider before posting. Many people don't understand that once a photo is posted to the internet, it can be copied, modified, and re-hosted by anyone who has access to it. Photos have also been known to be copied and used on different website for other purposes.

June 6th

Put Down the Phone: The New Rules of Digital Etiquette


From inappropriate tweets and Facebook status updates to phone calls
taken at the very worst moments, the list of tech-related do's and don'ts is nothing if not lengthy—and it’s growing every day as the digital landscape
continues to morph. So how do you know if you’re being polite?

Whenever you think of using a device properly, it’s a great rule of thumb to think about the human interaction that’s going on. The most important thing is to think about the people around you and the person receiving the message.

Gadget Use

A recent study found that about 13 percent of mobile phone users have faked a call to get out of real-life conversations— but that’s hardly the only impolite digital mistake you could make.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings.

82% of all Americans and 86% of cell users report being irritated by other loud and annoying cell users.

When you’re riding the bus or are in another situation where those around you
can’t simply move away, it's probably not the right time to make a call or turn on
the sound on while you play Angry Birds.

Don’t Make Your Smartphone more important than the friend sitting beside you.

If you and a friend are having lunch, conversation should be happening in reality,
not in the back-and-forth texts on your phone.
Of course, there are always exceptions, such as when you get an emergency call
from family or work, but the key idea is to be aware of the way your gadget use
affects those who are ACTUALLY with you.

If you have to take a call when you’re with company, keep it as short as
possible and move to another room.

Do Know When to Leave Your Device Off— Or at Home.

Technological devices are neither rude or polite. It's how and where you use
them. If you’re someone whose device is constantly drawing them away… it’s important that you not only don’t talk on your phone, but
you turn it off when you are at a very important event.

Don’t Text During Dinner.
Some occasions simply aren’t made for toying with your favorite tech, and social
situations such as dining out and formal parties top the list.

Don’t Take Personal Conversations in Public.
Whether you receive a non-work–related call at the office or in a restaurant, find
a private place to talk. This not only shows consideration for others; it protects
your privacy as well. When someone hears half of a phone call, it’s almost
impossible to ignore, it’s a little bit like hearing a whispered conversation, and in
the absence of knowing the entire story, the listeners often make up negative
details and wrong information.

Social Networking

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A 2011 study found that 85 percent of female Facebook users feel that their Facebook friends overshare or brag too much.

Make sure you’re not crossing the line.

Don't share every little detail about your life.
We understand you may have had a really bad day and are really ticked off at someone, or are so very happy all the time and loving life. At the same time, not every single one of your contacts want to know every aspect of your day, and every detail. Most people check their social network site to get the highlights of their friends and families lives - not every detail of what you had for supper.

Don’t Share Anything Remotely Private.
It may sound obvious, but don’t post photos or status updates that you wouldn’t want the world to read.
If there are some friends you don’t want seeing all of your information, consider adding them to a separate friends list with tighter restrictions.
When sending emails - make sure you have the correct address, and you did not just hit
Reply All when you just meant to type a private email to one person.

Don’t Think the Rules are Different Online and Off.
If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all… That’s not to say you shouldn’t share negative opinions, but there’s another person on the other end and they still have feelings.

Before you send off an email/text, read it again in your head. Remember the person receiving it, doesn't know what tone you are using, so they rely on how you wrote it. Did you use all caps? That's like shouting. Did you use a lot of !!! or ??? It sounds angry and overly dramatic. Is your spelling so horrible that it's hard to read? It looks like you don't care about getting your message across to the person you are sending it to.

Don’t Feel Obligated to Follow and Friend Everyone.
If you’re following just because somebody follows you, you’re opening yourself up to spammers, you’re going to open yourself up to noise, and you’re going to destroy your inbound feed. You should only follow people you care about.
Who you choose to follow or friend will depend on the network. Facebook’s recent Subscriptions feature lets users follow select updates without having to be someone's friend on the site, as a good compromise for separating the personal and professional.

In conclusion,

When it comes to manners and technology, follow the above rules and your instincts. If you’re second-guessing whether you should pull out your phone or send that tweet, chances are you shouldn’t do it.

If you're very recently upset or angry - it's probably not a good time to send out a mass email or put the details into your status.

June 4th & 5th

Here are the NINE Rights of Digital Citizenship:


Who is a digital citizen?


Basically, a digital citizen is anyone who uses digital tools such as computers, cell phones, or the internet in their work, school or for recreation. Just like citizens of a city have to adopt rules and standards of behavior in order to live together, those of us in the digital world should do the same.

There are general guidelines we can all follow in order to stay safe, and work well in the digital world. These guidelines are outlined in the elements of digital citizenship.

The elements of Digital Citizenship, defined by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey are as follows:

  • Digital Access
    • Making sure that all students have equal access to digital tools like laptops, digital cameras and the Internet
    • Providing time and equipment for students with special needs
    • Making students aware of locations and resources you can use off campus
  • Digital Commerce
    • Using computers to buy and sell items on commercial websites and auction sites
    • Subscribing and purchasing media using tools like iTunes
  • Digital Communication
    • Exchanging information using:
      • email
      • cell phones
      • instant messaging
      • text messaging
      • web pages/blogs/wikis
  • Digital Literacy
    • Learning about the basics of using a computer
    • Evaluating online resources to make sure they are truthful and accurate
    • Learning how to find information on a specific topic on the Internet
  • Digital Etiquette
    • Using technology in a way that doesn't affect others negatively
    • Using technology only when it is appropriate
    • Respecting others online by not posting information that is hurtful or untrue.
  • Digital Law
    • Understanding how to use and share music, photos, and movies legally
    • Creating original works that are free from plagiarism
    • Respecting the privacy of others and the integrity of networks in terms of passwords and data
  • Digital Rights and Responsibilities
    • Following Acceptable Use Policies
    • Using technology responsibly
    • Reporting inappropriate use of technology resources
  • Digital Health and Wellness
    • Using proper hand placement and posture when keyboarding
    • Balancing time spent using digital tools with time spent offline
  • Digital Security
    • Protecting hardware and network security by using secure and secret passwords
    • Protecting personal security by not posting personal information online


You will be creating an animoto video displaying ONE of these elements

Include pictures and text to support your theme.

You will now set up a new animoto account, use the following when it asks for a promo code: a4ehamm6c5c43

Hints about Animoto:

  • Note that there is a character limit for each text slide:
  • Main text/title: 22 characters (including spaces)
  • Sub text/slide: 30 characters (including spaces)
  • Notice how I had to break up "sentences" among different slides due to these limits.
  • Also try to emphasize certain words with capitols (since you can't control text size or boldness).
  • Keep it "short and sweet"- Main ideas and key details about your topic, based on your learning from the research.

How you will be marked:

use of images/pictures - 15 marks
accurate but brief information - 15 marks

total - 30 marks

June 7th

Digital Health.

You will research an online addiction.

In 400 - 500 words, answer the following:

1.Describe the addiction.

2.What are the symptoms?

3. Is there any treatment?

4.What age, sex and race is typically affected by the addiction?

5.Include the websites that you got your information from.

Type up on
or Google Document, link to your wiki.


June 11th


Digital Security Worksheet - 20 marks

June 12th


Identity Theft Worksheet

Watch the following documentary Web Warriors

Answer the question sheet.

June 15th

Digital Citizenship - Access

Read through the above web page on digital access. Create a prezi and answer the following:

1. What is the digital divide?

2. Is the digital divide is shrinking or getting larger?

3. What can we do to shrink the digital divide?

You must have at least 5 photos/images as well.

20 marks

Gambling boys video (45 minutes)

After watching the above video, in TWO paragraphs on a google document answer the following:

  • Do you think gambling among teens is a serious problem? Explain in 4-5 sentences.
  • Do you think gambling is a problem in our community and our school? Explain in 4-5 sentences.

When you are finished, share with me at


Create a 30 sec OneTrueMedia, Prezi or Animoto video showing the dangers of digital commerce.

You must include images and text.

Link it to your wiki.