College Heights Christian School

Why Do Web Publishing
Why Do Web Publshing?
The rationale for Publishing on the Web is to connect my students to the content we are studying, to learn how to use today’s informational technology tools, to learn how to be a good citizen not just in the classroom but in our digital classroom as well.  We must learn what we say and how we say things need to be under the same guidelines of our classroom as we speak face-to-face or if we make comments on a learning post on Edmodo or in a KidBlog.  These activities are essential in learning how to be good, effective citizens in today’s digital world.

Curricular Standards

ISTE Standard #2 Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

  1. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

  2. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

  3. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

  4. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems


ISTE Standard #5 Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

  1. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

  2. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning and productivity

  3. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning

  4. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship


ISTE Standard #6 Technology operations and concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations

a. Understand and use technology

b. Select and use applications effectively

and productively

Essential Questions
1. What would my students and parents of my students benefit the most from by connecting to a class website/portal?  

I believe the biggest impact with a class website/portal will be in connecting them to what we are learning and doing in the classroom.  It is partially for communication and information on how things are done in my class, but most importantly it will be a launch pad for my students learning.  Links to all of the online content and activities can be shared there as a homebase.  Not only is this explorable by my students, but by the parents of my students as well.      


2. How can online curriculum enhance learning?
Online curriculum will enable my students to explore what it is we are learning in the classroom.  This exploration can take place anywhere they have connection to the Internet.  Whether that be in the safe confines of our school Wi-Fi, at home or even at their grandma’s house.  The lessons and rich curricular content can continue to be accessible to them.  This will prove very convenient for students are absent from illness or even on family trips.

21st Century Skills

The highlighted 21st Century Themes are what we will focus on during the grade 5 & 6 year of study.

Key Subjects and 21st Century Themes

Mastery of key subjects and 21st century themes is essential to student success. Key subjects include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.

In addition, schools must promote an understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into key subjects:

• Global Awareness

• Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy

• Civic Literacy

• Health Literacy

• Environmental Literacy


Learning and Innovation Skills

Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. They include:

• Creativity and Innovation

• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

• Communication

• Collaboration


Information, Media and Technology Skills

Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as:

• Information Literacy

• Media Literacy

• ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy


Life and Career Skills

Today’s students need to develop thinking skills, content knowledge, and social and emotional competencies to navigate complex life and work environments. P21’s essential Life and Career Skills include:

• Flexibility and Adaptability

• Initiative and Self-Direction

• Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

• Productivity and Accountability

• Leadership and Responsibility




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