Commonsense Media Scope and Sequence

10-16-2013 11-28-36 AMI had to share this awesome (I can say that) site for teachers. This site is FULL of so many resources that you could spend hours surfing and downloading material.

I spent the greatest portion of my time visiting the Scope and Sequence tool on the site. The Scope and Sequence tool provides cross-curriculuar units that “spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way.”

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(Click here for the PDF version for the Scope and Sequence tool.)

The lessons are geared to specific grades, so you have the option to search specifically for your grade if you’d like. The grade suggestions also makes sure that the lesson that you have chosen is appropriate for your grade level. But we all know that teachers know how to take a lesson and adjust it to their particular grade level, so grade level suggestions are just suggestions.

For our class assignment, we were asked to find a lesson plan that we found useful. While there were many topics that I found extremely important to share, such as cyber-bullying, online safety, and online communication, I decided to share a lesson called Picture Perfect (recommended for grades 3-5). This lesson’s topic, “How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect our feelings about the way we look?”, directly ties into the many conversations that I am having with my daughter about her self-image. As a woman, I understand the insecurity she feels about how she looks compared to the retouched photos that are posted online. Everyone knows that only the “best” pictures of someone are posted on Facebook or Instagram; at least those images that we can control, which is another topic that could also be covered within this lesson.

You will have to register and create an account before you can download the lesson materials that are provided with the lesson overview on the page, but since I’ve already created my account I will try to share the lesson materials with you now. Just click here and we’ll see if you can get to them.

I encourage you to visit the Common Media Scope and Sequence page to see what other options there are…and there are many!! The Common Media homepage also worth checking out, as is the Common Sense Media Education page.

Others that you might be interested in from Common Media:

Creative Learning using Kerpoof

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“As long as you know how to have fun, you should find a lot of fun to be had with Kerpoof. If you don’t know how to have fun, Kerpoof is a good way to learn. Really. It’s OK for lawyers to have fun, too.”

Overview: Kerpoof Studios is a kid-friendly site owned and operated by Disney. It provides various activities that allow the user to create such items as movies, pictures, and cards. It also provides resources for teachers such as lesson plans that you can download in PDF format. Teachers can also use this site with their class in the classroom. Each student can create their own avatar and save their creations within their backpacks (inventory button) on the site. Students can also use this site for free from home. The downside to the site is that the images, backgrounds, and themes are predetermined by the creators. However, the constraints placed on the creative process within the site is not an issue considering the wide range of options provided. Additional options are available for an upgrade, but otherwise the site is free to use. My son enjoyed using this site. He especially liked creating his own avatar. He made a movie and a story, which he found to be very fun. Here is a link to my Jing video providing a quick overview of Kerpoof: 2013-10-16_0939

Getting there: If you type in kerpoof.com you can go to the site and it will begin loading. However, it can sometimes get “stuck” and show that it is still loading. Refreshing doesn’t seem to help. So, I began to Google the site and by clicking on one of the menus below (ex. “for teachers” or “lesson plans”) I was able to backtrack to the main homepage. It seems to work out better this way…you don’t have to wait on the site to load. When you go onto the site, you should go ahead and create your avatar and set up an account. Once you’ve done that, you can get started creating your projects. There are other options if you want to set up a teacher account to use with your students. You can read all about that by clicking here for the teacher link.

Ideas for using Kerpoof: I would suggest looking at the lesson plans that are provided by the site as a way to get ideas for using the activities for your classroom. Some examples are

  1. Exploring Fact and Fiction in the American West (grades 4-5)
  2. The History of Halloween: Lesson Plan & Timeline

For other examples click here.