Computing and Society for Middle School Educators- Shaping Powerful Digital Citizens – MA DLCS Series

This course provides a review of the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Frameworks Computing and Society strand and its related standards. It will supply you with a variety of creative ways to weave these standards into your teaching. You will research, create, organize, and share lessons, resources, and artifacts using Google Sites. As students navigate their way through the digital world, it is our responsibility to provide them with the tools that will shape them into responsible digital citizens. Our roles as educators allow us the prime opportunity to help students learn and grow as they take advantage of the technology that is available to them. This online workshop will teach key concepts surrounding the topic of digital citizenship and supply you with a variety of creative and fun ways to weave positive digital practices and lessons into your teaching. Each week, we will create a badge for that session’s specialized topic related to computing and society for participants to use with their students. Elements of technology and social media are woven throughout the workshop to aid in integrating key computational thinking concepts into students’ daily lives. 


Course Details

Audience 6-8 Classroom Teachers and Specialists
Level ALL
Instructor Audra Kaplan
Dates March 16, 2020 – April 16, 2020
Earn  15 PDPs (Option for 1 Credit TBD) 
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Prerequisites Basic computer and Internet skills
Graduate Credit (optional) PENDING 

Audra Kaplan

Google for Education Certified Trainer, Makey Makey Certified Trainer, Digital Learning Coach and Computer Science teacher for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and Co-President of CS Teachers Greater Boston chapter. Online graduate instructor for Ed Technology Specialists and Andrews University with a master’s degree from Lesley University in Educational Technology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Conference presenter across New England and in New York. Prior to completing her degree and becoming a technology integrator, Audra spent over 17 years in the classroom teaching ELL, ELA, Social Development, Science, Math, and Computer Technology classes. At Groton-Dunstable Ms. Kaplan works to integrate technology into student and staff learning across the district and teaching Digital Literacy and Computer Science at the middle school. Ms. Kaplan was recognized as one of 100 teachers nationally by NCWIT and the NSF because of her efforts to support Computer Science in Education. During the 100 Teachers Meeting in Washington DC in December of 2014, honorees were invited to the White House. When away from school Ms. Kaplan enjoys spending time with her family, co leading a Girl Scout troop, learning new things, and exploring the world.  Follow her on twitter @AudraKaplan. 


Weekly Outline:  

In this four week online workshop, participants will deep dive into the Computing and Society strand of the MA DLCS frameworks for grades 6-8.  Each weekly session will follow a set format: 

Research and explore: Watch videos and review lesson plans that connect the concepts above to actual students in the classroom. 

Apply & Practice: Use what you have learned to build a lesson plan, include resources, and provide an exemplar for your students. 

ShareUse your Google site to share your lesson, found resources, and an exemplar for your students. Post the link to your assignment in our Google Classroom. 

Reflect: Include a personal reflection with your posted assignment in our Google Classroom. Provide meaningful feedback to at least two other classmates.  

Online Session 1: Getting started, publishing, and sharing your work. Personal reflection on Computing & Society.
Online Session 2: Safety and Security [6-8.CAS.a].
Online Session 3: Ethics and Laws [6-8.CAS.b].
Online Session 4: Interpersonal and Societal Impact [6-8.CAS.c]. 

Project Description:  

Those educators wishing to receive one credit from WSU will be creating a comprehensive portfolio of lesson plans in the area of computing and society. 

This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:  

  1. Grades 6 – 8Computing and Society (CAS)  Safety and Security [6-8.CAS.a]  
    1. Identify threats and actively protect devices and networks from viruses, intrusion, vandalism, and other malicious activities. 
    2. Describe how cyberbullying can be prevented and managed. 
    3. Explain the connection between the persistence of data on the Internet, personal online identity, and personal privacy. 
    4. Describe and use safe, appropriate, and responsible practices (netiquette) when participating in online communities (e.g., discussion groups, blogs, social networking sites). 
    5. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate content on the Internet. 

    Ethics and Laws [6-8.CAS.b]  

    1. Explain how copyright law and licensing protect the owner of intellectual property. 
    2. Explain possible consequences of violating intellectual property law and plagiarism. 
    3. 3. Apply fair use for using copyrighted materials (e.g., images, music, video, text). 
    4. Identify the legal consequences of sending or receiving inappropriate content (e.g., cyberbullying, harassment, sexting). 
    5. Differentiate among open source and proprietary software licenses and their applicability to different types of software and media. 
    6. Demonstrate compliance with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). 
    7. Identify software license agreements and application permissions. 
    8. Explain positive and malicious purposes of hacking. 
    9. License original content and extend license for sharing in the public domain (e.g., creative commons). 

    Interpersonal and Societal Impact [6-8.CAS.c]  

    1. Describe current events and emerging technologies in computing and the effects they may have on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society. 
    2. Identify and discuss the technology proficiencies needed in the classroom and the workplace, and how to meet the needs. 
    3. Relate the distribution of computing resources in a global society to issues of equity, access, and power. 
    4. Evaluate how media and technology can be used to distort, exaggerate, and misrepresent information. 
    5. Evaluate the bias of digital information sources, including websites.

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Computing and Society for Middle School Educators
March 16, 2020 – April 16, 2020
(4 online weekly sessions) 

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