Participate Reflection

Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.

Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.

Standard J: The online teacher interacts in a professional, effective manner with colleagues, parents, and other members of the community to support students’ success.

 Answer in a complete paragraph response: How has the Participate module prepared you to meet each standard listed above? Link to or provide specific examples from your work in Participate. What strategies will you take away from the Participate module and apply to your teaching?  What lessons were most beneficial for you?

Standard CThe Participate module helped me to prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 2: Digital Resource and Section 3: Civility. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teach is the Participate 2- Collecting Reputable Digital Resources. This lesson specifically support the the standard because it allowed me to find all the great resources out there for teaching with digital tools and provided a time/space for me to think of how to incorporate and infuse them into my current teaching.

StandardThe Participate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 3: Civility and Section 4: Vigilance. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Participate 3- Digital Resources and Netiquette. The lesson specifically supports the standard and has allowed me to create an introductory lesson for my students.  I do believe making a whole group conscious effort will prevent poor digital citizenship among st students. This lesson also allowed me to better understand the proper online usage.

Standard J:  The Participate module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 1: Citizenship . The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Participate 1 – Joining a DLC.  This lesson specifically supports the standards and has allowed me to actually join other DLC. I have already seen results from joining DLC – I have gotten some great lessons and ideas for use of digital tools!


Participate 4 – Digital Health

Create: Create a digital calendar containing scheduled appointments designed to improve digital health. Embed the calendar (or include a screenshot of the calendar) in your blog.

Answer: How did you modify your technology habits? What is the most proactive means of ensuring the most balanced blend of technology and well-being? What can students and teachers do to make sure they get the most from technology while simultaneously safeguarding good health?


Many of us, students, parents and teachers, do not spend the time to focus on  our digital health. I make a habit to not be on a device past 9:30pm and I cut off all technology for my children at 7:00pm. Some days I am not the best at this, especially when I have to grade papers. I also know that my students are up late (VERY LATE) as I get assignments turned in at 1:00am.

Placing a spot on my calendar has made me a bit more proactive as I have set an alarm to go off to remind me to put my device down – the alarm, for me, has seemed to be the most proactive.  As far as my students are concerned, I may begin to deduct points if they turn in assignments past a certain hour.(Although, after speaking with admin, they said I cannot do this as this is not standards drive) I have begun to incorporate nature walks once a week with my advisement hour students, we all leave our (except me for emergency) our phones in the class, and go on our nature trail for 25 minutes. It is has been very enjoyable. On the nature walks I have gotten to know my students better.  Students and teachers can use technology well and have good health habits by setting “working hours” – this gives good life/work balance.

Participate 4 – Digital Safety and Security

Create: Develop a digital resource which addresses the following questions.

a. What is the most important step we can take in terms of ensuring our digital safety?

b. What strategies can we take to help our students consistently keep digital safety in the forefront of their minds?

Artifact: The created, finished product may come in one or more of the following forms:

a digital chart/poster
an audio recording or poster
a digital slideshow, or
a digital video

Include a direct link to (or embed) the artifact you created in your blog.

Answer: How might your artifact be implemented in a learning environment?

This Powtoon will be used in conjunction with a digital worksheet or paper worksheet in order for students to better understand Digital Footprint. The lesson questions are below

Teacher discussion question not on the hand ut: From your steps and information that you have learned let us create some strategies that we will be using throughout the year to help us stay safe in the digital world

Participate 4 – Digital Rights and Responsibilities

Artifact: Formulate a plan for supporting and protecting a Digital Learning Community through Digital Rights and Responsibilities.  Share your plan in your blog.


1. How can a DLC ensure that citizens within the community have access to an environment where an AUP protects members as well as the community itself, where individuals uphold laws, and a cooperative/collective venture provides robust, safe, and ethical resources and opportunities for learning?

2. What is the best way to establish and maintain a flourishing DLC where citizens understand, observe, and are inclined to willingly support and ultimately benefit from Digital Rights and Responsibilities?



A DLC can ensure that citizens within the community has and upholds the AUP using a few steps.

First, when a new member joins the DLC manager(s) will send the AUP to the new member so they are aware 1. Its location within the DLC 2. Their rights and responsibility and 3. Joining the DLC means they agree to follow and uphold the AUP and Digital Rights and Responsibility 4. Not following the AUP will get you dismissed from the DLC.

Second, the DLC manager(s) should be monitoring activity within the DLC in order to ensure that citizens within the community are upholding the AUP.

Third, the AUP and the Digital Rights and Responsibilities should be posted in the digital community where everyone can see it or have access to it. If the DLC is not a website layout, or does not allow subpages, Reposting the AUP every quarter (3 months) should be enough to remind digital citizens.


An AUP in a DLC should focus on a variety of topics: Digital Rights, Digital responsibility – content being shared (copyrighted) give name of original owner if remixing, cyberbullying, Netiquitte . This can be ensured by having content or DLC managers that look through posts and reminds citizens of rules.

The best way to establish and maintain a DLC where digital citizens support the Digital Right and Responsibilities is to remind the digital citizens of their rights and responsibilities and acknowledging how upholding them will benefit everyone in the community.  I have seen this technique be used in a DLC that I am currently a part of and it works great. The moderator will remind every one of the Rights and Responsibilities, what the positives are for following them are and what the negatives (consequences) would be.

Participate 3- Digital Resources and Netiquette

Create: Using the information from this lesson, create a digital resource that encapsulates the types of respectful attitudes and behaviors appreciated and necessary for civility in a digital learning community–a virtual Netiquette DO’s and DON’Ts list.

Artifact: The created, finished product may come in one or more of the following forms:

a digital chart/poster
an audio recording or poster
a digital slideshow, or
a digital video

Take a look a my Student Friendly grades 6-12 Netiquette Do’s and Don’t using the digital tool POWTOON.

Participate 2- Collecting Reputable Digital Resources

Research: Complete the web-based walkabout and collect and categorize sources of embed code, software, web tools, and services that make online teaching more engaging, efficient, and effective.

Artifact: Describe the walkabout experience in your blog and add a link to the list of social-bookmarked resources compiled during the exploration.

Answer: What were the three most useful tools or resources resulting from the web walkabout? How can students be taught to safely collect tools and resources that can help them maximize their learning? What policies or procedures might need to be in place to make this possible?


Made with Padlet


A month ago I began my Educational Technology Padlet, tonight I finally was able to add more to it. I completed a “walkabout” of the internet to find resources and tools that would make digital learning and teaching easier.  My Padlet is an open source,which means you are able to post to it,  and if you find a useful resource or are currently usig one that you would like to share with other please add to it! Here is a link to my Padlet

Top Three tools

One of the most useful tools or resources that resulted from my walkabout was a great website that I found is entitled “99 Top Technologies for Online Teaching” . The site provides direct links to other sites or software that will make online teaching easier or more effective. The technologies/tools are broken down into different categories ranging from Digital Learning Communities to Learning Management Systems.

Another useful tool that I found was This is a web based tool that allows users to paste URLs and get embed codes for images and videos. This can help teaches with their websites, blogs and even hyperdocs

The third useful resource that I found was a website called Tech Savvy Educator; this website gives tools and resources by subject. It was nice to see a resource broken down by content, as the most difficult thing to do with technology is figuring out how to incorporate it within your content area.

Collecting Resources & Policies and Procedures to put in place in the classroom

Students can be taught to safely collect tools and resources by embedding it into lessons. This is the method that I am currently using. Every lesson I incorporate a space for students to share an extra resource that they found to share out with their classmates. I also have done whole lessons that incorporate seeking out resources first in order to learn together, I provide a social bookmarking space, for example Padlet, where they have access to add and look at content that was placed by other students. I have been able to do this in my classroom because I have CLEAR expectations on what is appropriate and what is not, I provide students with examples of what great resources look like.

Participate 1 – Ideal Digital Learning Communities

Answer: Consider what would be needed to create an ideal digital learning community. What would be needed to bring such a vision to fruition? What can one do to make an existing DLC more attractive to and welcoming for students and teachers?


An ideal DLC has open access to information, free and shareable, despite geographic location of other members. There should be a unifying theme or topic that brings everyone together; Educational Technology, Science, etc.  To bring this to fruition one would need a digital space that allows for collaboration, and members from the community and around the world. Typically, is a DLC is “closed” or “private” it doesn’t give an air of inclusiveness and will deter some educators. Private groups would definitely deter students, as typically if information is not easy to access they will show disinterest. Once again, DLC groups that make you answer a series of questions before being able to join, or require you to contribute (or be kicked out) will deter people from joining. Some people are silent and just prefer to get inspired by others, or are just learning and may be embarrassed to share their thoughts, ideas, lessons etc. Contributions should be on the users terms.