What do these two words mean?
Everyone in the class knows what ‘create’ means but only a few are familiar with the word ‘consume’. mostly in the context of eating, although one girl says ‘It’s when you take something in, for instance information’.
We use breakfast as our example and they get the idea that making the eggs could be seen as creating and eating them as consuming. We deliberately do not use a dictionary, so that they construct meaning for themselves, rather than narrow down their understanding with a fixed definition at the start.
In groups, the children then brainstorm all the things they do in a day, making sure every item includes a verb – watch TV, play Minecraft, eat lunch, write a story…
Using two colours, they highlight which of these are consuming and which are creating. The conversations are rich, as they build their understanding and discover that it’s not either/or, that some are both and some are neither… maybe.
Which of their daily activities are digital? In new groups, they now brainstorm their digital activities, taking care to include verbs, so that, for instance, ’email’ becomes ‘read email’ and ‘write email’…
They are already discussing consuming vs creating before we even ask the question. They are totally engaged and, apart from building their understanding of the desired concepts, so many trans-disciplinary skills are evident – communication, thinking and social skills – and, quite incidentally, a host of outcomes from the English scope and sequence.
At the end they write down what they understand about creating and consuming now…
They’re clearly ready to move ahead in developing the desired conceptual understandings in this unit of inquiry…
|We need to think critically about digital content that we view and create.
|I don’t think critically about digital content.I believe what I read on the internet.
I don’t think critically about what I post online.
|I understand that not everything on the internet might be valid or true and can explain why.I can give some some examples of how I consider audience and purpose when I create digital content online.
|I can explain how to assess if a website is reliable or not.I can identify and analyse techniques used to influence consumers.
I choose appropriate techniques to communicate creatively and effectively online and can give examples.
|People are responsible for digital content they create.
|I can give some examples of how I can be responsible online.||I can explain how things I post online can affect my own reputation.I can explain how things I post online can affect the wellbeing of others.||I take responsibility for my digital footprint and can explain how and why I do this.I can demonstrate my positive digital footprint.
|The internet enables us to communicate and collaborate with people all over the world.
|I can identify ways that I communicate with others online.||I can compare and evaluate different tools for online communication and collaboration.||I connect, communicate and collaborate with people online and can say what I have learned from my interactions.|
Our learners are gearing up to connect with kids in other parts of Australia as well as India, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand, Canada and other countries via Skype, Twitter and blogs. And they are already asking a range of interesting questions into which they might inquire!
In addition to refining this unit of inquiry with the Year 5 teachers at my school, I’ll be leading an IB workshop on Digital Citizenship in Melbourne in May, so feedback, resources, ideas and other perspectives are invited. Please leave a comment!