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STOPiT (Smart Topics On Personal iPad Technology) is a mandatory course offered by Cozad High School to students who have violated the Responsible/Acceptable Use Policy (RUP/AUP). The RUP/AUP is signed annually by both parents and students before the student is allowed to use school technology resources. The STOPiT program has been designed and implemented by the school to provide additional instruction for users who have demonstrated the need for further training in the area of responsible student use of online and mobile resources.Students participating in this class will complete lessons and activities about Digital Citizenship.

Below are specific lessons covered each month with examples of students' projects from the STOPiT class. Each lesson is designed to cover a topic in Digital Citizenship and each project must be done on the student's iPad. For more information, visit our school website's STOPiT page.

Parent Information Summary Sheet--"Do You Know Where Your Teens Are?"

Presentation on STOPiT class used for NETA 2013

November STOPiT.

Digital Lesson: Digital Behaviors
How does digital behavior differ from traditional behavior that is considered unacceptable in the classroom? This was the question I posed to the students and we spent time discussing their thoughts. Then we focused on 3 areas: social, gaming, and cheating. We discussed how students behaved inappropriate in these areas using their mobile devices. Students had to create a project for other students focusing on these 3 areas.
Students worked as a group and created the following video for the students at CHS:

Video demonstrating some traditional and digital behaviors that are not acceptable in the classroom.

December STOPiT.

Digital Lesson: Digital Etiquette and Blogging
This lesson focused around Digital Etiquette and appropriate online blogging. Resources we used for this lesson was a keynote that I prepared and KidBlog.

Students project for this lesson was to comment on 2 blogs that we created. The first blog was an example of status updates you may see on facebook, twitter, or other social media sites. We had examples of poor digital citizenship and etiquette and the students had to comment on what was "negative". We then used this for discussion. Our second blog was an example of a well written "student" blog. We then covered what made the post appropriate.

After students had time to comment on the two blog posts we discussed their comments. For a project for the December STOPiT class, students had to create a blog post in KidBlog. Their post had to be about Digital Etiquette and include things we discussed in class. Students blogged about messaging, facebook, spelling and grammar, social networking, online sites, gaming, and following rules. Students then had to comment on at least 4 of their classmates' posts.

Below is just 1 example of part of a student's blog and comments:
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January STOPiT

Digital Citizenship Lesson: Digital Footprints
With the accessibility of mobile devices to our students (24/7/365), they can be connected most of their waking hours. Many students do not understand the imprint they are leaving when they message, status update, upload pictures, tweet, shop, and game. We talked about how having a positive and effective online presence is important today. We then covered the different social networks and apps that seem to be popular with our students by using a keynote presentation.

For this lesson's project, students had to create a "flier" about Digital Footprints to use at CHS. Students had to use their iPad to create the flier and turn it into me through eBackpack.
Here are a few examples of the student's projects:


February STOPiT

Topic: Importance of Social Networking

Social Networking can be an important way to connect with others. Most teens are using social networking but we need to teach them how to use it effectively and in a positive manner. This STOPiT class focused on the importance of social networking, pros and cons, and things students should never do on social networking. The apps I focused on for this lesson was Ask3, Popplet, and animation apps to complete project.

Each of the following 3 images were put into Ask3 app on a bulletin board with recorded information and instructions. For the pros and cons, students had to work in pairs to create a popplet of what they believe the pros and cons of social networking. Students had to comment and collaborate with other students on the 12 things students should never do on Social Networking. We then discussed as a group. Student project assignment was also recorded in Ask3. Students have to create an animation project (description below) .

Used this popplet in Ask3 app to begin discussion. We discussed how I use social networking and how most students use social networking is different.
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All students downloaded the app "Popplet Lite" and I briefly demonstrated how to use the app. Students then started with a popplet "Pros of Social Networking" and "Cons of Social Networking". They then had to expand on these and see if pros outweighed cons.

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A bulletin board in Ask3 contained the following popplet with a discussion I recorded on the "12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media"
( Students had to listen to recording and comment on various sections. After class, I then went over their comments and engaged in conversation with the students about their thoughts.

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Assignment Projects for March STOPiT: Students have to use an animation website or app to create an entertaining video or animation project that shares with other CHS students on what they have learned on Social Media. Suggested websites and apps were:
Suggested websites:
  • Animation HD
  • Puppet Pals
  • Animation Desk
  • Tellagami
  • iMovie
  • FlipBoom

Example of Student Project for March:

March STOPiT
Topic: Cyberbullying

April STOPiT.

Topic: Digital Citizenship at Cozad High School

Student/Teacher Discussion on the following 10 questions:

1. In your own words, tell me what you think the term digital citizenship means?
2. In your own words, tell me what you think the term digital footprint means?
3. Are safety, privacy, and reputation management online a shared responsibility—explain your answer
4. What do you do to make sure your online presence is a positive presence?
5. Have you ever posted anything that you would not want your grandmother, parents, school, or future college or employer to see?
6. What things can you do to improve your online image/reputation?
7. Do you share downloads (ex: games, music, etc.)? Do you think that some of it may be done illegally—violating copyright? Do you think all our students know what is legal and not legal to download?
8. Does online bullying (cyber bullying) exist at Cozad High School? If so, in what forms (ex: email, messaging, social media)?
9. Has a teacher discussed with you the possible consequences of inappropriate posts online?
10. Do you think teachers/parents can communicate effectively in the same online social environment as students?

Students finished Project can be viewed at: