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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- Scene built with Rezmela Square Rooms
- Note the panels that form the project wall at the start.
- Each student may have a personal area for their own things. (Not shown.)
- Strawman plan
- Cyberbullying (Wikipedia)
- After the break:
- The Learner Bureau of Investigation (LBI)
- Sargent Guru
- Digital literacy. He did it in Classcraft. Like a detective story. Could you do it better in your favorite virtual world? Are your students the heroes who will solve this problem?
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.
- Guru is a Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) managed by an AI, with supervision by the teacher and possibly a mentor and a software tech.
- The Guru software would probably be supplied in a Learning Management System (LMS).
- Era of the entrepreneurial educator. The unbundling of education opens the gate for entrepreneurs.
- Guru acts as a mentor to help students develop the skills needed to carry out their assignment.
- In OpenSim and web-worlds, Guru could be rendered as an NPC.
- More simply, Guru could be a disembodied character in text and/or voice.
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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