Well it is time to summarize my Major Project. To be honest, it feels incomplete as affecting change on social media is a much more ongoing process than it is a process with some finality. That said, I am happy with what I produced for "Ins.peer.ation": 5 Tiktoks, and 8 Instagram posts (most of these were multiple pages) and some sharing on Facebook and Twitter. This may not seem like much but it was truly a significant amount of work, especially for someone quite new to the platforms! The best way to view the posts is likely looking for ins.peer.ation on TikTok and Instagram however, here is a link to a slideshow if you choose to view them not on social media or a want a total summary (click here for Ins.peer.ation slides).
Well I am long overdue to provide an update on my Major Project! The good news is I was quite busy over the February break and before working on it, just no updates. As stated in earlier posts my idea was to really promote healthy digital well-being and awareness. In the initial stages I discussed the idea with staff at my school, select students, family, friends and had great comments from classmates on previous posts. Slowly the idea developed that I would like to inspire people to be their best on and offline selves using social media. I did a few hours of research about social activism, influencers and social media posting in general. I then started an Instagram page @ins.peer.ation and a TikTok channel under the same name, with a few posts spilling on to Facebook (as Instagram was automatically posting there as well, unbeknownst to me). If you are reading this I would love more followers, traffic and commentors to the project so please consider doing so!
In our ECI 832 class we had a presentation from Dr. Mike Ribble regarding the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and his newest book "“The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders” (co-authored by Marty Park). The presentation really re-inforced the importance of not assuming this material will be taught in the home or in each subject separately. The question was posed that likely it could be a subject on its own that is a required class for all students. I think the best way to integrate this into Saskatchewan schools would be a curriculum update where digital citizenship is a key unit in English 9 or Social 9 (it could also be done in curriculums of primary and middle grades ELA or Social, or both) and teachers can then integrate the elements into areas of study, research and technology as this would not "add" more to the already full plate of what teachers and students are to learn in their time at school. In my attempt in integrating Ribble elements into my major project (a social activism / motivational project) looking to motivate students to be good people and live a great life, I will be mostly focusing on digital health and wellness with a small focus on digital etiquette and communication regarding kind communication and motivating others.
Hello there, I will re-introduce myself for this winter semester of 2022. My name is Dylan Johns, I am a father of 2 (14 and 11), husband, coach, volunteer and high school teacher and learning leader. I love building, the outdoors, sports and travel. I am good with people and technology but often prefer to be with a small knit crew of solid folks and disconnected! I, like most, am ready for this pandemic to end and am excited about no masks and travel. But enough about me, let me tell you about the major project I have been struggling to pin down to an exact usable idea...