Friday, December 11, 2020

2021 #VWEDU: Digital Literacy: Cyberbullying, the Learner Bureau of Investigation (LBI), and Sargent Guru: A strawman plan

Digital Literacy:  Cyberbullying, 
the Learner Bureau of Investigation (LBI), and Sargent Guru:  
A strawman plan  

A draft (strawman) plan illustrating how a detective role-playing scenario can be used to teach about cyberbullying and several life skills at the same time. 
LBI scene under construction
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Learner Bureau of Investigation (LBI)

  • That's a working title.  
  • The teacher--or better yet, the students-- can pick a name.
  • The project: Commissioner Gordon (the teacher) wants a plan of action on cyberbullying.
  • Teams of about 4 students are formed and assigned to plan action.
  • Each team is under the supervision of Sargent Guru.
  • Guru is always available by instant message, though her first response may be preliminary.

Sargent Guru

Guru helps with team function

  • Guru knows team management skills (search).
  • Guru guides the team in developing those skills by asking for products.
  • Example products: Ideas from brainstorming, road map from planning, action item list.
  • Guru records team meeting schedules and sends notices.  
  • Meetings are in the team's LBI office.  Guru is available to help and to keep records
  • Guru asks for immediate reports on progress, generally including products.
  • Thus, if a brainstorming session, Guru will ask for the resulting idea list.

Guru supervises task progress

  • Guru knows the typical steps needed for a project and asks the teams to report progress in terms of those steps.
  • The reports are made available to the teacher for evaluation.  
  • Missing reports lead to immediate notice to the teacher.

Guru supervises individual progress

  • Guru keeps track of individual student performance: attendance and production.
  • All Guru records are available to the teacher, with critical conditions flagged.
  • Guru sends assignments reminders to students and notices of progress.

What they are learning

  • The content, of course
  • The basics of project management.
  • Interpersonal collaboration skills.
  • The use of web resources.
  • Critical thinking: evaluation of information.
  • Effective work habits.

A student's grade will reflect the student's work

  • Student's can turn in their own independent report if they want.
  • Guru will also have records of each student's contribution to the group product.
  • The teacher can use these to determine individual grades.  

Instructional methods in use

Can kids safely search the Web?

Resources on cyberbullying 


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