This week in Library, our 2nd Graders finished off our Internet Safety Unit. We've been looking closely at everything from permissions, to creating strong passwords and usernames, to how the Internet connects, to our Digital Footprint.
This week was extra important as we took a close look at that pesky trail we leave behind us every time we use the Internet: our Digital Trail (see below for a helpful Common Sense Media video).
Helping our students understand that anything they do online, leaves a trail or a "mark" that is virtually impossible to erase, sets them up for a more successful experience online.
Society is set up where young people are online for both social and academic purposes more and more. Although here at Reed, we do not advocate that our students start using social media in any way, almost all are exposed in some way or will be in the coming years.
Students will also start using online research methods for study and general exploration as they grow too.
Having a clear understanding that all activity online leaves a mark (Digital Trail) will help students comprehend the "Pause & Think" philospohy for both social and safety reasons.
The better our students are equipped to understand this huge online world surrounding them, the more opportunities they have for making good, safe choices.
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!
I for one am excited to be back and focused on all the exciting things happening in the Library for 2018 (like Book Fair!!!!)
The second half of the year is super fun and packed full of events!
To kick start 2018, I decided to put our Fiction/Nonfiction and Digital Citizenship units on hold so we could enjoy a look into how people and places around the world celebrate the New Year.
We read all about Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport - a gorgeous story that has Shante searching the neighborhood for black-eyed peas in order to add them to her grandmother's feast and thus guarantee good luck for the year.
On her journey to find peas from various neighbors, she is introduced to the different ways some of them celebrate New Year.
This was the perfect segway into a group discussion on similarities and differences around the world in New Year celebrations. We compared peas in the South, to Diwali in Northern India, grapes in Spanish-speaking countries, the carp scales in Germany, rice cakes in Korea, St Basil cakes in Greece and Soba noodles in Japan. We couldn't of course forget Chinese New Year too.
Students very quickly noted the connections between all cultures being that celebrations revolve around food bringing people together as a means of starting the New Year with good luck, health and good fortune.
So here is to 2018 - may it bring all of you health, wealth and happiness!
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