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Building a Safe and Effective Virtual Environment

Author: Paula Dillon

This lesson will introduce the importance of using Bloom's Taxonomy, Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels and other best practices when developing your online classroom. Included is information about safe and legal use of online resources and tools for both teacher and student.

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In this lesson you will learn

  1. How can I keep my students safe online?
  2. How has Bloom's Taxonomy changed to incorporate online learning?
  3. What is Webb's Depth of Knowledge?

Part 1: Best Practice of Using Online Environments for Students

Before you begin to integrate technology into the classroom, it is important to directly teach

  • What it means to be a digital citizen
  • The impact of a digital footprint
  • The definition and impact of cyber bullying

Before you begin to integrate technology into the classroom, it is important to know your district’s acceptable use or responsible use policy

Digital Citizenship

Source: Paula Dillon with embedded Youtube Video by Xin Zhang·

Digital Footprint

Source: Paula Dillon

Cyber Bullying

Source: Paula Dillon

Acceptable Use vs Responsible Use Policies

Source: Paula Dillon 2014

Selecting tutorials from Sophia for your students on digital citizenship

Review author bios and tutorials on Sophia to select tutorials on digital citizenship for your students. Under actions, you can add these tutorials to your group and/or playlists for your students. Always review author bio's and content prior to sharing with students.

Source: Paula Dillon 2013

How to use Google Alerts

Using Google alerts to monitor Your digital footprint, and to instruct students how to monitor their footprint.

Source: Paula Dillon 2014 via Google Alerts

Digital Literacy: Selecting and Using Content

Remember whenever you are selecting content to use with your classroom, it is important that you model for your students.  Determine:

Need help determining if a source is credible and reliable?  Check out the CRAPP test.

Digitial CItizenship and CyberSafety Lesson Plans and Resources

  1. Cable in the Classroom brings you InCtrl, a series of free, standards-based lessons that effectively teaches key digital citizenship concepts such as:

    Media Literacy
    Information Literacy
    Communication & Collaboration

    InCtrl is matched to Common Core State Standards and the ISTE Standards and can be taught in any subject. Each lesson contains videos, background information, and activity ideas and is designed to engage students in grades 4-8 through inquiry-based activities. These lessons can be used as a series or individually. For more information visit:

  2. CommonSense Media  Digital Literacy Curriculum with lessons, Scope and Sequence and Videos.  FREE materials are designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Use our interactive SCOPE & SEQUENCE to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight lessons that address that topic.  Student Video Library has more than 20 videos that are each 2-4 minutes long. Use them in conjunction with their corresponding lesson plans, or use them to jumpstart a conversation with your students.


Also Consider

  1. Search Youtube for great videos on cyberbullying, digitial citizenship, and digital footprints
  2. Search Sophia for tutorials and lessons created from educators across the globe
  3. Allow students to play digital citizenship games on BrainPop
  4. ​Digital Literacy Videos from TeachingChannel

Part 2: Using Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Reach Higher Level Thinking with Personal Devices in the Classroom

In this presentation you will learn:

a.  Revised Bloom's Taxonomy and its connection to critical thinking in a technology integrated classroom

b.  Webb's Depth of Knowledge and its connection to critical thinking  in a technology integrated classroom

c.  Resources to use as you develop lessons incorporating Bloom's and Webb's  in a technology integrated classroom

Revised Bloom's Simplified

Source: Paula Dillon via PowToon

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy


Revised Bloom's Meets SAMR


Source: Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

Bloom's Taxonomy According to the Pirates of the Carribean

Overview of Bloom's Taxonomy using scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Source: By John Beynon via YouTube

Webb's Depth of Knowledge



Webb's Depth of Knowledge Brief Overview and Resources

Video tour of Broward County School's page on Webb's Depth of Knowledge. Includes an explanation of how Webb's and Bloom's are connected and Webb's role in state standardized assessments, as well as links to resources for instruction.

Source: Paula Dillon via Broward County Schools

Summarize and Reflect

It is important to reflect on what you've learned and how this can be incorporated into your current practices.

  • Review your district's acceptable use or responsible use policy to determine what is allowable in your classroom.
  • Consider the level of understanding that your students have about digital citizenship and their digital footprint.
  • Design lessons to directly teach digital citizenship based upon your students' current understanding.
  • Select a lesson to adapt using Webb's and Revised Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • Consider how you will choose tools and begin to integrate technology to allow students to think create, critically think, collaborate and communicate.

What's Next?

Once you have finished with this second tutorial, complete the quiz questions and move on to "Creating and Managing a Virtual Classroom" the third tutorial in this professional development series.

Resources and References from Above Presentations

Links to the references and resources for further review:

Common Sense Media - Resources for parents and teachers, including curriculum and lesson plans, to teach students about cyber safety and to assist in selecting safe content.

Common Sense Media Curriculum Link

Digital Copyright Slider - Tool to help you determine how to cite and if to cite sources

OSLIS - Tool from Oregon Schools Library to support students in creating accurate MLA and APA citations

Digital Citizenship - Information and resources on how to be a good, digital citizen

CyberSmart - Resources including those on Digital Footprints for Kids

Google Alerts - Allows you to monitor anything posted that is searchable through Google about you or any other topic

CoSn- Resources for cyber safety including responsible use

COSN Acceptable Use vs Responsible Use Policy

BrainPop - Internet safety games and learning tools

Sophia - Tutorials on cyber safety

YouTube Videos on digital citizenship

ISTE resources on digital citizenship

ISTE's Position Statement on the Common Core

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Resources for integrated technology and connecting lessons to Bloom's

Revised Bloom's via Iowa State University

Teaching with Revised Bloom's via Northern Illinois University - excellent teaching and planning documents

Wisconsin University Center for Teaching Excellence - resources for using Bloom's in the classroom

Tech & Learning, Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Digitally by Andrew Churches illustrates how to use Bloom's in a tech integrated classroom

Bloom's Taxonomy Connected to Tech Resources and the Common Core by North Carolina Public Schools

Technology and Webb's Depth of Knowledge via Broward County Schools

Technology Tools Connected to Marzano's High Yield Instructional Strategies

Source: Compiled by Paula Dillon

Best Practices when Integrating Technology

Slide presentation of above screen cast. I have included this slide presentation to allow you to copy and make changes for your current audiences. To open for the purpose of copying or editing, click on the words Google Drive.

Source: Paula Dillon