STRAND 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.
Concept 1: Effective Communications and Digital Interactions - Students can use a variety of digital tools to communicate online including email, blogging, podcasting, and wikis.

1. Communicate digitally with others by selecting and using a variety of appropriate communication tools (Grade 3-5).

EMAIL Overview: Epals is a safe, protected environment for students to use email to communicate with other classsrooms globally. Projects in epals include:

DIGITAL STORY TELLING (Grades 3-5) Overview: In this unit, students will learn about the age-old practice of storytelling and use 21st century tools to create their own digital story. Students will explore digital storytelling as a way to tell a story, promote cross-cultural understanding and build meaningful connections with others. Students will participate in an email exchange to discuss the process. They will 1) develop a story topic 2) write their story 3) create or find appropriate images to support their story and 4) share their story and reflect on their work. projects/info.aspx?DivID= digital_overview

Earth and Space Science (Grades 3-5) Overview: What do you do when the news warns of a big storm? In this project, students learn about the natural disasters of the world. Through email exchanges, students will learn about natural disasters, where and under what conditions they are most likely to occur, particularly those natural disasters common in their ePals' location. projects/info.aspx?DivID= NaturalDisasters_overview

Social Studies – Places and Regions (Grades 3-5) Overview: What makes us who we are? In this introductory project, students will engage in a collaborative learning experience. Through email exchanges, students will build friendships and learn about the daily lives and characteristics of the local environment of students who live in another region of the world.This unit may be taught to both lower elementary students (grades 2-4) and to upper elementary and secondary students (grades 5-7). There are notes in each lesson for how the unit can be modified to meet the needs of your classroom. projects/info.aspx?DivID= TheWayWeAre_overview

BLOGGING – (Grades 3-5) Overview: A blog entry is similar to a traditional journal or diary entry; it usually includes the date, reflections on a topic of interest, and a signature. Students can use blogs to practice writing and communication skills; teachers can use them to post assignments, share thoughts, stimulate classroom discussion, and more. a_tech/techtorial/ techtorial037print.shtml

· Click here to see examples of student blogging: http://comments4kids.

PO 2. Identify and demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior when using digital environments to communicate with others. (Grade 3)

PO 2. Explain safety and etiquette guidelines of digital environments and demonstrate that knowledge while communicating with intended audiences. (Grade 4)

PO 2. Explain and demonstrate the safety and etiquette of digital environments to communicate with intended audiences. (Grade 5).