Internet Safety & Social Networking
21st Century Skills Project
Subject: Life & Career Skills
Grade Range: 9 - 12
Application Types: Social Networking, Web Applications, 21st Century Skills
21st Century Themes: , Health Literacy
21st Century Concepts: Creativity & Innovation, Communication & Collaboration, Research & Information Fluency, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Digital Citizenship
This project promotes communication and collaboration, as well as digital citizenship, through the exploration of issues related to social networking. The example project addresses concerns about maintaining personal safety and privacy while using online communication tools, such as a social networking Web site. Students will be instructed to consider what constitutes "safe" and "unsafe" behavior when building an online profile, inviting and accepting "friends", uploading content to their Web space, and engaging in online communication, as well as what they can do if they find themselves in uncomfortable situations when social networking. The tutorial movies demonstrate how to use a popular online social networking application, as well as discuss issues related to digital citizenship, Internet safety, and other 21st century skills and concepts. Discussion questions, assessment rubrics, and information about adapting and extending the example project are included in the resource materials available for download with this project.
Information for Teachers
This project can be easily modified or adapted for other subject areas or other skill levels.
All example files, an assessment rubric, and information about adapting and extending the example project are included in the resource materials available for download with this project.
The following tutorials demonstrate, step-by-step, how to complete the example project, as shown in the Example Project.
Infusing 21st Century Skills
The example project created in the tutorials illustrates one way this project might be completed, using subject-specific content, targeted for a certain grade range, and using a specific application. As demonstrated, this would make a fine technology skills integration project for your students. However, the basic project can be easily extended to more fully support the teaching and learning of other 21st century concepts and skills, beyond those related to technology.
A stated Performance Indicator of a 21st Century teacher is the ability to "customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources" (ISTE NETST 2c). The Project Activity Guide and The Professional Development Workbook, included in the downloadable Project Resource Packet, will help you practice this critical skill by guiding you through the process of modifying the example project to infuse 21st century skills, to help you adjust the project to suit your own classroom needs, and to assess the end result.
The following tutorials address ways you might adapt the basic project, as well as provide examples of how the project can be extended to more fully incorporate specific 21st century concepts. Please note that these suggestions may involve using Web resources that are blocked or filtered by your school or organization.