Cybersafety 2012

FireShot Screen Capture #029 - 'Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum I Common Sense Media' - www_commonsensemedia_org_educators_curriculum
Last year, our media specialists were charged with the task of teaching cybersafety to all of our students.  We don’t have an official curriculum, so each of us has curated our own version of what to teach.  I’ve found Common Sense Media’s K-12 curriculum to be very useful.  It offers lessons on multiple topics at all grade levels and also has all the resources you need in one place.  It also integrates into Edmodo if you use that tool with your classes.  Common Sense Media is also the adopted curriculum of the Mooresville Grade School District in North Carolina, which I recently visited to see their 1-to-1 technology initiative.

Since cybersafety is not the only thing that I teach, I wanted a way to deliver the content efficiently to all classes while also being consistent in what I said.  I wanted the lesson to be interactive and not take up too much space on the library calendar so that I could continue to support the many collaborative projects going on in our school.

I decided to schedule 2 sessions in Adobe Connect to teach all of the classes simultaneously.  K-2 had a 45-minute session and 3-5 had an 60-minute session.  Ahead of time, I put copies of any handouts students would need in teacher boxes.  Teachers logged in to our Adobe Connect Meeting room at the schedule time.  About 5 minutes before we began, we did a sound and video check.  Classes that had issues or classes with a sub combined with other classes.  I planned a mix of presenting, class discussions facilitated by the teachers, polls, and videos.  I also left time at the end of each session for students to ask questions.

For K-2, I used the lesson “Going Places Safely”.  We talked about how the Internet is really like going on a field trip.  Many of the rules that you use to stay safe on a field trip apply when you are online.

For 3-5, I used the lesson “Rings of Responsibility”.  We talked about how you have responsibilities for yourself, your friends and family, and the larger community when you go online.

As an add-on to these lessons, I displayed the Digital Citizenship posters from Common Sense Media and talked about students’ roles as good digital citizens.  At the close of the lesson, teachers had their students sign a class digital citizenship poster.

We will continue to offer follow-up lessons throughout the year.  I hope that this introduction will spark some open dialogue between students and adults about digital citizenship, cyberbullying, and ethical use of information.

You can view the archives of the sessions below.  Please note that some parts of the session will not be seen in the archive because classes watched a video in their classroom or had a discussion in their classroom that wasn’t a part of the recording.

K-2 Cybersafety

3-5 Cybersafety

Opening the Space: School Libraries as Places of Participatory Culture

On Tuesday October 9th, I presented a webinar for the American Association of School Librarians called Opening the Space:  School Libraries as Places of Participatory Culture.  This webinar was a part of the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest.  The slides from this webinar are posted below and the archive of the webinar will be available soon to those who registered.

Poem In Your Pocket Day 2012 LIVE!

On Thursday April 12th & Friday April 13th, we invite you and your family members to tune in to our live poetry broadcast from the Barrow Media Center.  Every class will visit the media center to read original and favorite poetry into our open microphone.  You can view these readings via Adobe Connect online where you will see and hear the students and also type comments for the students.  To access the webcast, follow these instructions:

  • Visit
  • Select “Enter as Guest”, type your name, and click “Enter Room”.
  • Mr. Plemmons will approve you and you should be able to immediately see and hear the broadcast.
  • In the event that the image or sound suddenly disappear, just stay in the room and Mr. Plemmons will work to get everything reconnected.
  • If you have technical difficulties at your computer, you can type comments to Mr. Plemmons in the chat and he will do his best to assist you.
  • All poetry readings will be recorded and published on the Barrow Media Center blog soon after the event.

We hope to “see” many of you (and your family members) at our live webcast.  It means so much to the students to know there is an audience listening and commenting on their work.  Mr. Plemmons will share any comments you leave with the students.

Schedule for Thursday April 12th                                           

Time Class
8:20 Sheppard-2nd
8:40 Hart-1st
9:00 Wyatt-1st
9:20 Em-K
9:40 Li-K
10:00 Watson-1st
10:20 Stuckey-1st
10:40 Shealey-3rd
12:20 Brink-2nd
12:40 Brewer-2nd
1:00 Yawn-2nd
1:20 O’Prey 5th
1:40 Boyle-K
2:00 Vertus-K

Schedule for Friday April 13

Time Class
8:00 Slongo-5th
8:20 Cross-5th
8:40 Carney-K
9:00 Hocking-Prek
9:20 Spurgeon-3rd
9:40 McCannon-3rd
10:00 Griffith-3rd
10:20 Clarke-PreK
10:40 Olin-4th
11:00 Freeman-4th
11:20 Selleck-4th

More Poem In Your Pocket 2011

Today, 7 more classes came to the media center to read their poetry.  Even with power outages and our wireless network crashing, we were able to get every class’s reading recorded.  Some of the recordings will have moments in them where the video feed is lost, but all students were recorded.  Here are their poetry recordings.

Boyle Kindergarten

Li Kindergarten

Carney Kindergarten

Hocking PreK

Spurgeon PreK

Stuckey 1st Grade

Wyatt 1st Grade

Poem In Your Pocket Day 2011

Amazing! Global!  Collaborative!  Snap!  I’m overjoyed by how today’s Poem In Your Pocket Day went.  For the past 3 years, we’ve been observing national poem in your pocket day by carrying poems in our pockets, wearing stickers to promote the day, and holding a day of poetry reading in the media center where every child (and adult) has a chance to read poems into our open microphone.  This year, we tried something new:  a live webcast.  Using Clarke County’s new purchase of Adobe Connect, Joel Frey setup a room for the Barrow Media Center.  The link was sent directly to the PTA listserve and an online registration was setup via Google Forms for anyone else interested.  Registrants on Google Forms were emailed the room link.

Today, 18 classes came to the media center for 20 minute poetry reading sessions.  Students came up one at a time and read their poems.  We all celebrated with snaps.  At the same time via Adobe Connect, parents, media specialists, classrooms within our school, classrooms across the district, and family members in other parts of the United States and the world were watching, listening, and making comments about the student poetry.  As online participants made comments, I shared the comments with the students in between poets walking to the microphone.  Amazing things started to happen.  Students started huddling around the computer waiting for the next comment to come in.  They got excited when they saw that someone was typing.  They wondered why someone didn’t make a comment about their poem.  They kept asking, “You mean people can really see us?  They’re watching us right now?”  It was electric.

Online, participants made comments about how much they appreciated being able to connect with their child, nephew, cousin, etc.  People joined us from multiple locations:  Mrs. Marsha West, Barrow’s former media specialist, joined us from Lincoln, Nebraska.  One student had family members join us from Chicago, Illinois, Cohutta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Another student had an uncle tune in from Afghanistan.  Parents explored a technology that many had never tried, and they appreciated this opportunity to think about learning and connecting globally in a new way.

At the same time, every teacher in the school got to see a new technology in action, and now the ideas are beginning to spark about how this can be used in the future.  At least two teachers have already approached me with ideas for future events or lessons.

This afternoon, as I walked down the halls, a student stopped me and said, “Mr. Plemmons, did anyone else make a comment about my poem?”  Kids want authentic audiences beyond their classroom walls.  Thank you, Clarke County for giving us this tool.  Now, our task is to keep using it, seeking out authentic audiences, connecting with experts around the globe, and collaborating with classrooms in our own district and beyond.

You can listen to every class recording on Adobe Connect below.  At each link, you will hear and see the students reading poetry.  You will also see the chat comments that took place during the webcast and hear my announcements to the students each time a comment came in.  I hope you will take some time to see what an important day this was for us in the media center.

You are also invited to tune in on Monday April 18th, where several PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classes will read their poems between 8:00AM-12:20PM EST.

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Hart 1st Grade

Sheppard 2nd Grade

Watson 1st Grade

Brewer 1st Grade

O’Prey 5th Grade

Beshara 5th Grade

Slongo 5th Grade

Freeman 4th Grade

Selleck 4th Grade

Landstrom 4th Grade

Em Kindergarten

Brink 2nd Grade

Sitler 2nd Grade

Yawn 2nd Grade

Cantrell 3rd Grade

Griffith 3rd Grade

Rogers 3rd Grade

Shealey 3rd Grade

Poem in Your Pocket Day: LIVE!

We have some exciting news about this year’s Poem in Your Pocket Day Friday April 15th in the Barrow Media Center.  Two things will be happening for the 1st time:

1.  Most students will be reading original poetry at our open mic poetry cafe.  Many of these poems were entered in our 1st annual media center poetry contest.

2.  Parents and other interested individuals will be able to listen to the poetry readings live on the web!

Thanks to our district’s new purchase of Adobe Connect, we will be broadcasting each class’s poetry readings online.  An email has been sent out to the PTA listserve with the link to the room.  In the spirit of trying to give our students an authentic audience while still maintaining a safe online atmosphere, we do ask that anyone who would like to view our poem in your pocket day poetry readings register at the following link by Friday morning.  Because of the number of classes doing poetry readings, we are holding poetry readings on two different days.  You will receive a link to our room and can come in and out of the room throughout the day on Friday April 15th and Monday April 18th.  The two-day schedule is posted below.  We hope you will join us and celebrate each student’s poetry with online snaps and positive vibes.  “See” you online 🙂

Poem in Your Pocket Schedule Friday April 15th (Times are EST)

Time Class
8:00 AM Hart
8:20 Sheppard
8:40 Watson
9:00 Brewer
9:20 O’Prey
9:40 Beshara
10:00 Slongo
10:20 Freeman
10:40 Selleck
11:00 Landstrom
11:20 Em
12:00 PM Brink
12:20 Sitler
12:40 Yawn
1:00 Cantrell
1:20 Griffith
1:40 Rogers
2:00 Shealey

Poem in Your Pocket Schedule Monday April 18th (Times are EST)

Time Class
8:00 AM
8:20 Boyle
8:40 Li
9:00 Carney
9:20 Hocking
9:40 Spurgeon
11:00 Stuckey
12:00 PM Wyatt