post by Sharanda Payseur on English Companion, July 8, 2014
"I have done the same thing. I created a technology-based course for our freshmen. It really helps other teachers. We were spending too much time in class teaching students how to use Web 2.0 and research and digital citizenship skills in our content classes. Now, students get it in my tech class.
"We call it Intro to Pub because I was only English certified at the time. Now, however, it's just easier to keep the name the same. But I make it all up. Here is a link to my website if you want to look at it. I have lessons posted and student projects.
"However, I do incorporate English through Stems vocab and Grammar (Magic Lens) to get them ready for English 9 in the Spring semester.
"There are several digital citizenship sites you can use. I also work with other teachers to have students create interdisciplinary projects incorporating the Web 2.0 skills they learn in my class that help reinforce information from other classes. (Common Sense Media, DDL, Coding, Computer Tutorials)
"We also only use Creative Commons images for all work posted online. I spend a lot of time teaching students how to find and cite their resources and use them correctly.
"If you have any questions, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next year, I'll be changing things up some, but I'm super excited with this course.