3-2-1 Bridge. Remixed! Thats what this Course 2 Final Project feels like. Since going to a Project Zero Conference, Zeroing in on Learning, at the start of October I have been trying many of their thinking routines. 3-2-1 Bridge is one of these. 3-2-1 bridge is a routine for activating prior knowledge and making connections.
For me this Course 2 Final Project felt like it was all about making connections, using my growing PLN (course 1 thinking). When these connections were made it was about applying knowledge of digital citizenship, remix and empowering children) (course 2 thinking) together with Course 1 so that I could cross the bridge to access Course 3. Get it – 3-2-1 Bridge- Remixed! Or 1-2-3 Bridge!
So thanks to COETAIL I have just been part of my first truly global collaborative project spanning 17 time zones! Anthony, Nicky, Chris and I came together nearly a month ago by chance, fortune and the power of PLN.
Here’s that story. I thought let’s put the power of COETAIL and my PLN to the test. So I sent a tweet out. Amazingly Thomas Hammerlund replied almost instantly. Thanks Thomas!
Then Pana Asavavatana joined the conservation. Thanks Pana!
After a few emails the group was formed. The next stage was deciding what we wanted to achieve. A google doc was created with ideas and brainstorms which formed the basis for most of our notes over the collaboration. It soon became clear that option 1 would suit our all of our needs. A Google + group was formed and our first Google Hangout took place. I tweeted about it.
It was an amazing experience to speak to other like minded people across the world. I think I got the good end of the bargain. Being in the middle of Alaska, and Taiwan meant that I could talk at 5:30 pm compared to 7:30 am in Alaska and 12:30 am in Taiwan. Part 1 of 3-2-1 bridge complete. More notes and ideas were added to the google doc, a few messages in Google + and another conversation using google hangout (which is actually very reliable) took place a week later. We were moving forward. Finally a Google Sheet was created looking at common language from the resources that we had collated.
We decided on creating a positive RUA which included digital citizenship. We were working with the title of an Empowered User Policy (EUP). We also agreed that:
- It should be short
- It should be in and around classrooms – accessible at all times and used and referenced to
- Both children and teachers need to access it ( no matter what age the children are)
- Positive language should be used throughout
Another Google Hangout and a different document this time playing with the wording of the EUP.
In the end we settled for simplicity in 36 words:-
As a digital citizen
I am EMPOWERED
To make HEALTHY CHOICES
That allow me to grow as a LIFELONG learner
To CREATE, SHARE, and COLLABORATE
Digital information in a GLOBAL society
In SAFE and RESPECTFUL way.
We needed some visuals so that all children could really access it. At this point Anthony did his thing using Canva to finish our project. I think it sets out exactly what we wanted to achieve. Part 2 of 3-2-1 bridge complete.
So why an EUP? Wikipedia defines an acceptable-use policy (AUP) as a collection of rules established by the owner or manager of a network, Web site, or computer system to restrict the ways in which it’s accessed and used. This sounds a little autocratic for my liking. What is our role in empowering children using technology? Is it to scare them so they are unwilling to take risks? Is it to bore them to death by giving them information overload? If so then let’s create another RUA ( Respectable User Agreement) or RUP( Responsible Use Policy) or an AUP that no one looks at. Why does no one look at them? Well it’s simple. Most RUA’s or RUP’s contain a lot of legalistic language. They contain a lot of negativity.
Instead of saying NO, NO , NO all the time.Lets make a change. Lets create something harder, better, faster, stronger. How about saying yes for a change ?How about an Empowered User Policy (EUP) ? How about an EUP which encompasses digital citizenship? How about an EUP which is accessible to all from pre-K to Grade 12? How about an infographic that users (adults or children) can understand no matter where they are in the world?
I have already shared this with teaching colleagues, the principals at my school, the technology facilitator. But perhaps more importantly I have shared it with my class. I got some of the 6 year olds to read it to their friends. Heres one of them doing just that! Hopefully, I am now ready to cross the bridge to course 3.
Finally I would like to thank Nicky, Chris and Anthony for their collaboration, creativity and open communication throughout the whole process. I would be happy to work them all again.