Online communication and collaboration skills

These teaching and learning activities are aimed for Year 3 students in a UK primary school (students aged 7-8). The aim are the following: i) supporting students with developing their online communication and collaboration skills, ii) raising their awareness regarding the appropriate netiquette they need to adopt, iii) supporting their understanding about the issues surrounding the creation of their digital identity and profile.

This includes navigating, communicating and collaborating across various digital contexts such as formal virtual learning platforms (e.g. Google classroom) as well as informal digital worlds (e.g. gaming platforms, social media (?) etc). There are [7] different lesson plans and various resources that will be used over [7] consecutive weeks as part of the Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

Real VS Virtual

The aim of the activity is to investigate with the students potentials and risks of  using digital resources. In particular the focus will be on the risk of being unable to separate real from virtual life. It will be divided into two phases:

In the first phase teachers will lead the students to understand the core problem of distinguishing real life aspects from virtual life aspects, but also the motivations that can bring a person to hide themself into a virtual reality. At the same time teachers will try to highlight the potentials of digital resources for improving real life aspects to get to the awareness that virtual doesn’t override each person’s personality but can improve it.   At the end of the activity each students will create his own ideal virtual representation (Avatar)

The second phase will engage the students into a Debate between Virtual and Real fans based on the evidence found out in the first phase.