Sticky Note Discussions
1 HOOK/ATTENTION GETTER
TTW show students the Discussion Board Basics/Netiquette video from TeacherTube.
TTW encourage students to follow the video to identify specific tips for discussions.
TSW engage in the video and will identify tips mentioned in the video that help move discussions along and keep them meaningful and interesting (see below):
1. Post early
2. Read other's posts first
3. Write clearly and concisely
4. Refer to others' posts
5. Explain yourself
6. Be respectful
2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION
TTW show students the "Digital Citizen" and have students respond to the discussion (below) on yellow sticky notes. TTW remind students of the importance of writing clearly and concisely and explaining their posts.
TTW read various posts and expound on posts written well, posts that need more information, etc. Some students may not fully reply to the post, leaving out their explanation of why the particular area is important.
Choose one part of the digital citizen to discuss. Tell which part you chose and why it is important.
THEN, respond to ONE of your classmates, adding to the information they've already posted, by giving one EXAMPLE of how you can practice that area of digital citizenship.
TSW reply to the teacher's post on yellow sticky notes. Sticky notes will be "posted" in a specific area (board, butcher paper, etc.) of the classroom.
3 GUIDED PRACTICE
TTW explain to students that they will now expand the post by adding their own examples of how to practice each area of digital citizenship from the Digital Citizen image.
Students may need help in coming up with ideas.
*Note: The subject-matter in this particular lesson should be taught following a digital citizenship unit.
TTW remind students that they are not expressing their opinions, but adding to the base of knowledge available in the discussion. It is important that TT also remind students that this is a platform to expand perspective and to teach and learn from each other, not the equivalent of a chat room.
TSW choose one of the original sticky notes and respond by adding an example of how to practice that area of digital citizenship.
4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
TTW have students open the online discussion forum and show students the various tools available for online discussions.
As students complete the online discussion, TTW point out the correlation of the sticky note discussion and the actual online discussion. Both can be seen by others, both should be clear and concise and well-thought responses.
*See attached suggestions for discussion for ideas or use your school's LMS (i.e. Canvas, Blackboard).
TSW reply to the teacher's original post (can be the same as their original reply) by choosing one area of the digital citizen and telling why it is important.
TSW then respond to a classmate (just as they did in the sticky note discussion).
TTW have students review the discussion. Emojis and acronyms generally used in texting and chatting should NOT be used on a formal discussion board.
TTW reply within the discussion to students' responses with well-explained responses, including explanations of agreeing/disagreeing and personal experience, in order to model appropriate opinion responses.
TSW read through the responses of others on the online discussion board.