Use a grouping game to introduce the concept of personal information exploring attributes that they may have in common with others and those that are unique.
Continue playing the game. Restart the music and repeat the activity, each time selecting a different characteristic. At the end of each grouping, those students without a group need to remove themselves from the game.
Here are some examples that can be used for common attributes:
At this stage, the students remaining in the game should be standing by themselves.
Ask students to brainstorm and consider other information that might be described as personal information.
Some students may require support to complete this activity
Support students to use digital systems to create a licence that can be used at school and provides authorisation to undertake specific duties. For example:
Students may create their licence using a pre-prepared template or they may choose to create their own using word processing or drawing software.
Reinforce the message that these types of documents confirm a person's identity and contain personal details. These details are unique to an individual and it is most important no one else uses another individual's personal details.
Simpler explanations may be required for Prep students. You could tell them:
'Our personal details make us unique and is this very important information that can be used to identify us.
If we go missing or get lost we can give our personal details to a policeman who can help us find our parents.'
You could also focus on the skillset and mindsets that learners might need to adopt and use during this project, this ties in with the Creative and Critical Thinking Capabilities. Read the effective teaching section, learning : knowledge and beyond for further guidance on this.
Use the PowerPoint presentation to support students to develop and strengthen understandings regarding passwords.
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Initiate a classroom discussion to find out what students already know about the use of passwords.
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Ask students: 'What is a password?'. Possible responses:
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Ask students: 'Why do we need a password?' Possible response:
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Ask students the following questions:
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Discuss the scenario one the slide and ask the students:
Ask students to work collaboratively in small groups to complete Worksheet 1: Passwords. Students may need support to complete this task.
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Ask students the following questions:
Invite students to share their responses with the class.
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Read through the tips for creating strong passwords.
Use the Think, pair, share strategy
Remind the students that it is important to have a strong password when using online information systems. Shared personal information can be used for undesirable purposes and using a password is a means of protecting identity.
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Initiate a classroom discussion to find out what students already know about the Internet and online communication. Ask students, 'What does it mean to be online?' Possible responses:
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Explain that the Internet is a worldwide system of connected computers.
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This discussion will be determined by the age and previous experience of the learners within the group. Teachers will need to make judgements to determine the detail required and the activities may need to be modified to suit the learners within the context.
Think, pair, share strategy: ask students to work in pairs to answer the questions. When they have had time to discuss, show them the related slide.
Why do people share and communicate online?
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What are the different ways people may share and communicate on line?
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Who are the people we communicate with online?
Set up a shared online space to enable students to communicate and work together to complete a set task
Communicate with a guest speaker; community member or parent via Skype, Facetime, text message or email.
Students are to keep their card hidden so the other members of the group do not see their word.
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Ask students to suggest examples of good manners, for example:
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Ask students how we could use good manners when communicating online. For example, if we are texting or creating email messages, what are some ways we could display good manners?
Provide students with a context for creating an email message. This activity may require significant scaffolding and support depending on students' prior learning, experience, age and skill level.
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The steps involved in creating an email can be taught as a whole class, to small groups or as a peer support activity using students from higher year levels.
Suggestion: invite Year 6 students to the class and use a buddy system where the older students teach the younger students the technical skills required to send and receive emails. Some possible emails: