Grade 5 students are learning best practices for internet browsing. They will be able to:
- tell if a connection is secure by checking if there is a green lock and https in the address line.
- identify suspicious links, banner ads, and adware symptoms (like ad popups where they did not happen before).
- download Ad Block extension from getadblock.com.
The students will be applying the following hands-on methods for reducing the attack surface of their web browsers:
- disabling extensions that they don’t use.
- disabling autofill.
- clearing third-party cookies,
- clearing browser history, and cache:
The students are learning that to avoid plagiarizing someone else’s work, they should show respect to the author by giving a citation.
The students will be able to:
– define plagiarism and describe its consequences.
– explain how giving credit is a sign of respect for people’s work.
– articulate when it is acceptable to use people’s work, and how to write a citation.
– explain the value of giving proper citations.
– name the components of an MLA style citation for different types of websites.
– create MLA style citations for online articles and professional sites.
The students are learning about humanity’s needs, problems, and the 17 goals set by the United Nations to protect the Earth from climate change and make the world safer, fairer, and more just for everyone by 2030. This information was introduced in The World’s Largest Lesson video featuring Malala Yousafsai.
Afterwards, they had a conversation with the teacher about tackling the problems. They loved the comic book about how everybody can be a hero who makes the world better:
The students expressed their thoughts about the comic on Edmodo.com.
Next, the students will split into small groups, brainstorm some solutions to the world’s problems and discuss them on Edmodo.com.
We started the school year with writing about summer vacations. That allowed students to refresh their editing and formatting skills on One Drive.
Blogging was the fun part. The students customized their sites, published stories, read each other’s posts and exchanged comments. I was impressed how responsible the majority of the students were with their comments. Their comments were respectful and expressed either praise or constructive criticism.