Grade 1 students have spent much of their school year exploring San Francisco and the people who live in our city. Students began by asking: How can we demonstrate good citizenship in our local community? Girls took walks around the Hamlin neighborhood in order to: make observations, think about the needs of a community, and speak with people who live and work nearby. 1st graders looked at different kinds of maps, made their own maps, and followed maps on the neighborhood walks. The girls also had an opportunity to explore their own home neighborhoods and teach their peers about what they discovered through creating poster boards with photos.
As part of this work, students conducted interviews with community members taking on various roles such as: interviewer, microphone expert, and photographer. Core to this project-based learning endeavor was the integration of technology for conducting interviews and sharing findings. Students utilized GarageBand, QR codes, and the Cardboard Camera app (among others). Hamlin’s tech team has been working with 1st grade teachers for multiple years to support and strengthen this far-reaching pedagogy.
@Hamlin we believe all of our faculty and staff are Digital Citizenship educators. We have developed an effective partnership with Common Sense Media as well as with our parents to provide intentional and co-ordinated instruction on how Hamlin girls can meet the challenges of their increasingly digital times.
Our opening communication message to parents included the following from our K-8 Health & Wellness Co-ordinator – Karen Brown. We look at this as a digital extension of our Toolbox curriculum.
Digital Citizenship Monthly Theme: “Healthy Boundaries with Technology”
This year the Middle School will have a monthly Digital Citizenship theme for our community members to think about the connections between the Hamlin Creed and our digital lives. September’s theme is “Healthy Boundaries with Technology.”
We hope you will be able to continue these conversations at home with the help of our monthly discussion questions.
- What does it mean to have healthy boundaries with technology?
- How does this relate to use of technology for schoolwork and/or personal use?
- What boundaries with technology do you already have in place in your family?
Please reference the Hamlin Student/Parent Technology Contract and our partner organization, Common Sense Media, for more information.