Looking for a terrific Thanksgiving week activity that teens will love? Facebook brings us their "Say Thank you" video tool. Students can let Facebook auto generate the video, or they can put some thought into selecting meaningful pictures and posts to customize the video.
This is a great activity because it opens up the conversation about digital citizenship. Conversations like:
- What makes a good friend?
- Do you like how your portraying your friendships online?
- What kind of friend are you?
- What do you like about how you share your friendships?
- What might you do differently after thinking about this?
- Why is important to say thank you and express kindness in social media?
- What are some other ways we can let people know they are appreciated?
Here's a sample of what a video looks like:
Not only is this a fun conversation starter, it's a great way to look back on those in our lives and how we share these memories with others.
Want to give it a try? Visit https://www.facebook.com/thanks then pick a friend and give it whirl!
Want to do an activity for preteens or use a tool that's not blocked in many schools? Check out the Thanksgiving template from +PowToonhttp://ow.ly/EK3Id. It provides a fun way for students of all ages to share what they are thankful for this week.
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.
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