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PS 9: Digital & Media Literacy School Map by Mind Map: PS 9: Digital & Media Literacy School Map
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PS 9: Digital & Media Literacy School Map

Digital & Media Literacy overview

Do this in PD next year. 

Definition of MLE

critical thinking & literacy extended to new media: core principles, 1: MLE requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create., 2: MLE expands the concept of literacy to include all forms of media., 3: MLE builds and reinforces skills for learners of all ages and requires practice., 4: MLE develops informed, reflective and engaged participants essential for a democratic society., 5: Media are a part of culture and function as agents of socialization., 6: People use their individual skills, beliefs and experiences to construct their own meanings from media messages.

you are already experts if you boil it down to basic communication: who's author, what is their intention, and what audience is this for?

production = "writing" in new media, not hard for kids to pick up skills, communication tool box, kids can be empowered through SCHOOL to use these tools to communicate with the quality/effectiveness you try to teach them with writing

Relevance to CCSS

fit them into existing work to help connect with standards/goals

new media can be included as "texts", "informational texts", "nonfiction", etc.

media projects can demonstrate communication skills, comprehension, meaning-making, etc.

Internet research best practices


Digital Citizenship Contract Signed by Kids & Parents

have students write this and sign it

Privacy Policy


NYCDOE Acceptable Use

Need to develop BSI policy

Staff Communications

Google Drive/Dropbox

Curriculum, newsletters, unit maps drafts, minutes/agendas

Student Work, Each Student has a folder shared with current teacher, In Student Folder is a "Portfolio" folder, Hand-written or art work is captured into Drive via "snapshots" in Google Drive, or Skitch (and uploaded to Drive)

report cards


All Staff should use email on


staff website (TBD)



office communications

links to all staff documents


PD & Staff Meeting Calendar

weekly memo

public website on Joomla managed by parent

HOME, Calendar, News, RSS from Class Sites

NEWS, Calendar (Google Embed), Announcements: index of "News" tag, coming from office???, PTA announcements

ABOUT PS 9, Contact & Location, About Text, Admissions, how to get a seat, open house info, NOTE: link to news in the blog

CLASS SITES, links to external websites in Google Sites, Add an RSS Feed of all Class Site Student Work Posts, and a slideshow of all class images

RESOURCES, Parent Resources, PTO website

WHAT OUR STAFF IS LEARNING, PD VIDEOS, Rubrics for quality teaching, Danielson graphics, etc.

grade level websites in Google Sites (or other)


photo slideshows in Picasa (TBD)


Media Lab Bridge Websites: Connects student work from Lab to Classrooms

Digital Resources

PS 9 Google Apps for Education, can forward to other email accounts, conversations are grouped, accounts should be first initial + last name

Google Sites, The place to share finished resources with students & parents, (TBD) organized by unit, and resources from Google Docs are linked, photos, forms, newsletters, student work

Google Calendar, staff events, public events, personal/class calendars (optional)

Google Drive, within accounts, teacher accounts are class accounts, using "conversations" feature in the margins while collaborating on documents (try it by highlighting some text and clicking "Insert + Comment"., creating a "portal" of shared folders called curriculum resources"collections", Assessing/ Looking at / Sharing /Discussing student work

Software Favorites & Suggestions

Online Grade Books, Engrade (within Google Apps), Jupiter Grades, Skedula

MindMeister Graphic Organizer

Diigo bookmarking



Screencapture & image annotation: Jing

shared Twitter accounts @ps9???, "micro" blog by kids, lessons learned, take-aways, quotes, news... by kids for the parent "followers" and to archive learning over time., format teaches brevity


Google Docs, Google Presentations (like powerpoint), Google Forms, leave a survey for your kids on your class blog -- display results as a graph, students post quizzes for classmates, Flubaroo auto-quiz assessments, Store photos of

Google Custom Maps

Google Apps

Hardware (Computers, Laptops, iPads)

1-5 + Clusters: Interactive White Boards




Who's Doing What: Innovation Crew


CUNY Intern?



project-based learning

utilizing digital resources, tools & people outside the building to enhance communication and access to info.

grade team collaboration planning, goal-setting, unit/project/activity planning, PD: to build skills and resources, PD: in-class modeling and assisting, building a bridge between the lab and the classroom teachers

Parent Webmaster

Tech Support & Management Strategies

their has to be a discussion element to this. we need input from teachers as to what is reasonable.

acknowledge limitations of technology, lots of new laptops, limited tech support

student tech leaders in each class

teacher maintenance roles & team-approach, sign out routine: Google Calendar? Spreadsheet?, commitment to learn best practices for maintenance (your knowledge, student help)

personnel devoted to this now, Rhys: troubleshooting, limited time to fix things, ?: organizing checkout and management, Parents, Garin: managing the lab; balance with curriculum planning/dev

parent volunteers

tech cluster teacher (i.e. Ariel)

Student Tech Experience

tech cluster: 2-5

Curriculum Map, Tech Skills, Curriculum Tie-in

Cluster Website, class pages, self-assessment, help & goals log, links to grade level project websites

Classroom Computer Use

PD needed for Classes at the end of this year.

Typing Papers

Strategies, Centers, Typing practice, Do dance mat intro in school, then send home as homework, Should be done in cluster early and briefly, Rotating Roles for Kids, Class Scribe, Class Researcher, Class Reporter, Voicethread Sharing of Discoveries, "Window into the classroom", Voicethread, Class Site, Docs/Sites: Portfolios, Teacher-student conferences around student accounts

4-5: 4 iMacs Each

K-3: iMac Each

Teacher Presentations (with iPads & projectors), maps, group writing, group research, interactivity, resource websites, visual demonstrations

Google Apps Accounts from Grade 2

Need to create CSV files for each grade, and create groups in "Contracts".

Individual accounts start in Gr2, NAME: (example, students manage their own passwords

Google Drive, All Typing in Docs, Peer/Teacher Editing (Commenting only), Forms, Surveys, Self-Assessment Rubrics, Presentations, Summaries, Live Presentation Visual Aides, Spreadsheets, File Storage (like dropbox), Shared Folders with Teachers, 1 folder for each teacher they work with, decide what folders go inside (units, subject, assignment, etc.)

Google Sites, Publishing digital presentations & videos to Class Website, Collaborative Resource/Research Websites, Answering Focus Questions from Teachers, Posting Student-made Tutorials

2012-13 5th Grade Pilot: Student Portfolios using Apps Accounts

all written work is archived in docs

Sites could be where they showcase their best work -- teachers would make recommendations for what to include in the portfolio site.

images of any written/art work can be photographed and uploaded to Docs

Docs & Sites to start

Curate a personal Google Site with Teacher input and self-assessment built in

1/month portfolio day, bring your best writing and artwork, create an entry in Voicethread describing something big???

How-to Documents Shared with all staff and students in Google Docs (to be developed)

Goals for 2012-13

Teacher use: Technology Project as one Assessment Piece

Adapt an existing rubric from a unit and work in assessment of media use within a Performance Based Task--For Example: Extending the use of language to the use of images and motion, and presentation through the use of a PowerPoint. BEST EXAMPLE: 5th grade pioneers videos were viewed by the teacher.  So it was adapted from their research paper.  3rd grade powerpoints on Chinese culture.  They did an additional piece connected to the class work, research was done in lab, powerpoint was presented in class. CHALLENGES: 3rd grade computers limited the work the teachers can do in class which limits the teacher involvement in assessment. 4th and 5th grade are set up to continue work from the cloud or the network in class, and did so this year.

Imovie, 4th Grade-Explorers

Google Docs--writing piece

Note-taking skills

PowerPointPresentation, 3rd Grade--China, Posted to Class Blog, 5th Grade--Civil War--Research Extension


4th and 5th grade extends the

1 5th grade class used Google Docs Teacher Conferencing

Grade/Cluster WebSites

Curriculum Pages

Each Teacher has their own announcements page (Blog), Homework, Newsletters, Extension Activities, Student Work

Tech Zone Website

Schedule Regular Grade Levels Meetings with Mr. K

Connected to Assessment Piece?

Throughout the Year to connect skills with content?

Beginning, Grade Level Sites--Adding material/ how-to/Launch/Letter to Parents, Review Student Google Accounts and Routines--Organizing Folders, Sketching Curriculum Map of the year

`12`, 21, New node

Mr. K mapping key Technology skills and software for each grade

2012-13 Technology Curriculum Map

Rhys' PD Plan


Day 3 with Rhys, During projects meet with (lead)teachers/Garin to troubleshoot and fine tune

Day 2 with Rhys, review Class Sites with grade teams, discuss curriculum tie-ins and talk through CCSS connections, talk through who does what in classroom & in lab

Day 1 with Rhys, review this map with Garin, review the goals and schedule for the year with lead teachers, look at curriculum map for tie-ins with Garin (performance tasks, CCSS, tech project), set up Class Sites with teachers, for them to turnkey to other teachers on grade levels

2013-2014 (TBD)

Goals for 2013-2014

Continue Curriculum Mapping Alignment with Grades 2-5

Using grade level student publishing & research sites and google drive as links between teachers and lab

Routine Student-Teacher Google Drive (Grades 2-5)

teacher conferencing in Documents

Drive Folder Setup, Each year: Students share works in progress folder with teacher, Each year: Students create portfolio folder inside their main folder, Teachers move student folders from "Shared with me" to a class folder for that year

Portfolio capture day(s) in lab, bring something from class to digitize, go back to captured work and review later in the year with teachers

Streamline Establish Routine for student publishing & archiving

Create folders in Drive or Groups in Vimeo for finished student projects -- students share there when it's time to publish

Mr. K adds folders or groups to grade level websites for "publishing"

Videos: Vimeo Pro

Upgrade to Pro Vimeo Account

kids upload to Vimeo

Videos Groups Established per grade and embedded into websites through "Widgets"