Cable in the Classroom brings you InCtrl, a series of free, standards-based lessons that teach key digital citizenship concepts. These lessons, for students in grades 4-8, are designed to engage students through inquiry-based activities, and collaborative and creative opportunities.

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Working Together Digitally

The digital world and its tools offer great possibilities to connect and collaborate with others. In this lesson, students will apply prior knowledge and skills to collaborate digitally and model positive attributes of an effective digital citizen. They will discover how to manage and improve their communication skills and learn to make the most of their connections. Combining their creativity, students will work together to design and contribute to a collaborative learning project in an online community using digital tools of their own choosing.

This lesson consists of two videos and a lesson plan.

For the Teacher

Digital interactions are routine in the 21st century and have changed the way we communicate. This video explores some of the opportunities and challenges that may arise for you and your students in a digital collaboration.

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For the Student

Meet Aidan. He's working on a digital research project with students from other schools. After a great start, problems begin to surface. This video follows Aidan's digital collaboration progress and provides an opportunity for your students to analyze the group's work and discuss different approaches they may have taken.

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Lesson Materials

Learning objectives in these standards-based activities:

  • Identify and evaluate different tools used to communicate and connect digitally
  • Describe and demonstrate the appropriate use of a variety of digital technologies to conduct various tasks and solve problems
  • Participate and communicate effectively and respectfully with others
  • Create and contribute to an original collaborative project using digital media in an online community

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