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Creating Digital Citizenship Through Cross-Curricular Projects

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Sunday, November 29, 9:30–10:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Wendy Baxter  
Chauntelle Matos  

Through narrated video, learn about a cross-curricular project designed from Ray Bradbury short story "All Summer in a Day." Students explored lack of sunlight and seasonal affective disorder as well as energy transfer in tandem with collaboration with their global peers.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will be provided a powerpoint as a PDF document. If they have access to Microsoft Teams, they will have an opportunity to explore the functions used in this project.
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be introduced to a cross-curricular project based on a piece of text, "All Summer in A Day" by Ray Bradbury. They will see how the use of Microsoft Teams, Minecraft, and Skype can be leveraged to engage students in cross-curricular and international discourse about the effects of limited sunlight on basic human needs and psychological health. Evidence of student engagement, motivation, and academic growth through participation of this project at Morton West High School will be presented. Components of the project include:

* Data collected during photosynthesis labs in multiple locations in the United States
* Investigation of the social emotional impact of lack of sun and how Seasonal Affective Disorder may develop and/or be combatted
* Discourse with teachers and students from different locations around the world via Skype
* Creation of worlds in Minecraft that represent what resources and support services a community receiving only two hours of sunlight every seven years would need


Participants will be introduced to the presenters and then taken through the experience of the students through a narrated video compilation of their experience. The presenters will then discuss the planning that went into the project, how teachers can facilitate their own cross- curricular projects, and close with a Q&A session to help answer any lingering questions about the experience.

Supporting research

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Wendy Baxter, JS Morton High School District 201

For the past 23 years, Wendy has educated teenagers in Chicago's inner-city and surrounding suburbs. As an English teacher, some of her priorities are integrating technology tools and providing culturally relevant, inquiry-based learning experiences that connect cross-curricularly with other subjects and are accessible to students of all levels. Wendy and Chauntelle Skarr, special education biology teacher, collaborated to design a dynamic unit in which students analyzed Ray Bradbury's "All Summer In a Day," explored psychological aspects of lack of sun, researched the sun's energy, and connected with students from ten countries.

Chauntelle Matos, J. Sterling Morton High School District

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