Digital Health and Wellness Project



Develop a comprehensive website for maintaining your digital identity and understanding your web privacy. Your target audience should be high school students.


Each student cohort  is responsible for the following tasks listed in their team descriptions. Each student will receive an individual grade on this project.
Research and cover the issues below in the context of digital health and wellness. Topics can include, but are not limited too…

  • Maintaining digital identity
  • Privacy on the web
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital citizenship
  • Consequences of social media misuse
  • Digital access in schools (K-12)
  • Social Media in schools


Research and development
This team will be responsible for gathering information for the project. They will find resources for the website, create surveys for qualitative data collection, and put together the content for the production team. This team will have to work in conjunction with the production team and the social media and blogger team. The R&D team will not only gather resources for others to use and cite in their work, but they will have to create thorough surveys to collect data. Finally, this team will have to create the citations for all work added to the website. Think of the R&D team as the brain of this project.

Social Media and Bloggers
This team will be responsible for showcasing our website. They will post blog posts that cover one of the above topics. Create media outlets for our site through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc., build a network of followers online to discuss digital citizenship talks. This could be in the form of a Google+ hangout discussion on digital health and wellness subjects. This team is constantly moving and shaking; trying to stay ahead of the curve and keep the information current and fresh.

This team will work in conjunction with the research and development team to take their research and turn it into media. They will be in charge of creating storyboards, creating scripts, filming videos, conducting interviews, and editing final products. In short, all of the media that is created will be done by this team. This team will not all be working on one video, but several productions within the team. It is imperative for this team to collaborate closely with the research team.

Design team
This team will be responsible for designing the layout for all of the information that we post on our site. Members of this team should have an understanding of web design and google sites. However, even if you have a basic understanding of Google sites, you should still sign up for this group. This group will work in conjunction with all teams. Also, this team should be aware of what content is being created and where it would work best on the website. Finally, this team will have to be organized and use various web tools to collect data and organize it on the website.

Expectations per individual:

Each student will share a Google doc with me. This doc will be a daily log of what you accomplish in class. This doc will be graded and a major part of your class participation grade and overall grade. You can do this on a Google doc or if you feel a Google spreadsheet would work better, you can use that option. It should include, but not limited to…

  • brainstorming ideas
  • tasks completed
  • questions raised
  • timeline for your work

Here is an example of what my class created last year

Grading notes…
You will be graded on your interaction and engagement with your team/group. I suggest that each team, once assembled, shares a Google doc with me and the other members should post daily progress and any information you gather. This documentation will be the bulk of your grade. The end result will speak for itself. I am more interested in the process, your interaction with each other each day in class, and how you accomplish a task as a team.

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Social Media PSA

CC image via flickr by Jeremiah Ro

We’ve been discussing the importance of maintaining your digital footprint for the last several classes. Today, we are going to create short Public Service Announcements (PSA) on maintaining a responsible digital footprint and using social medium forums responsibly.

Objective: Create a storyboard and a short one minute to one minute and a half Public Service announcement warning your peers against the dangers of social media use.

Guiding question: What should students know about social media use and maintaining a responsible digital footprint?

  • This can cover any social media outlet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • What should students be aware of when using social media? What are potential infractions? What are the consequences if used irresponsibly?
  • Subjects to consider…
    • Facebook/Twitter privacy
    • Cyberbullying
    • Using Twitter inappropriately
    • Maintaining your digital identity
    • Posting on Instagram


  1. Develop a storyboard that outlines your PSA. This should be done on a Google doc that you share with me. This should roughly explain each shot of your video and how you intend the final product to look.
  2. If you need to do any filming it can be done on the iPad and editing should be done through iMovie. Music is not required, but may be used in some instances.


25% Storyboard – How well did you outline this project? Is it thorough and clear? Is the storyboard consistent with the final project?

25% Engagement (Participation within group and class) – How well did you utilize your class time? Did you spend time in class distracted by games?

25% Editing – How well did you edit your video? Do your shots each have a purpose? Does the music fit? Is all media creative commons licensed? Did you cite your media?

25% Message– How well does your video convey your message? Is the message clear and concise? Is your story consistent with your storyboard? Is your message easy to understand?

We will watch the PSA videos on Friday

Here are some resources to evaluate and analyze as you plan the subject of our PSA

  1. Recruit Yuri Wright expelled for Tweets
  2. You are not your name and photo: A call to re-imagine Identity
  3. Google Engineer Accidentally posts rant about Google+
  4. Facebook Posts costing some students college opportunity
  5. Marine discharged for Anti-Obama Facebook Posts
  6. Vulgar hashtag gets federal mediator removed from NHL Labor talks
  7. Colleges Admissions Officials turn to Facebook to research students
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Understanding your Digital Footprint

“In lieu of eavesdroppers whom he could have disputed, he had digital footprints that he couldn’t deny…”

Think for a moment about the content you share digitally each day…

Now think about that same content on a t-shirt. That you wear to family dinner, to school, to your Grandparents house. There is a line in the Aaron Sorkin film, The Social Network, that highlights the importance of what we post digitally.

“The internet is not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink…”

What is lost in the digital world is a sense of consequence. While the use of technology and digital, social spaces can empower a student’s opportunities, it can just as well hurt it. However, eliminating or blocking these forums from the educational context is not the answer either. So what is the prefect balance? How do we integrate social media effectively and responsibly for all students?

Objective: Create an image or images that represent your digital identity. Tell your digital story.

Guiding questions:
Consider your engagement with social media.
How would you define your digital self?
What characterizes you online?
How would Employers or College Admissions officers define your digital self? 


  1. Define your digital self using adjectives
  2. Create a simple slide show that includes images and adjectives that define your digital identity*
  3. Present your slides and briefly reflect on each slide. (minimum of five slides).

*Each slide should have one image and one word. You will briefly articulate your decisions for creating each slide. 


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Laws that choke creativity

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Creative commons stories

CC image via Flickr by Giuli-O

We’ve been discussing Creative Commons for a few days and now it is your turn to show me what you know using creative commons tools. I want you to tell me a short, short story using five creative commons licensed images and CC mixter.

  1. Develop a brief narrative around five images. The story can be about anything, however; the images and the music must be CC licensed and you must give attribution.
  2. Find images using Creative Commons licensed photos. Or you can take your own photos and give your original work a CC License.
    1. License descriptions
    2. Create a license
  3. Upload the images into iMovie.
    1. Add a title and transitions if you want, but don’t go overboard on the production. Include a voice over if you do not include music.
  4. Add music by finding a track from CC mixter
  5. Once you have your narrative built, you can either upload your iMovie directly to YouTube or go to Share>Export>Save>and then upload to Dropbox.


Knowledge of Creative Commons: The project shows and understanding of Creative Commons search and CC citations.

Narrative: Story is clear, engaging and uses images to tell a short narrative.

Presentation and Mechanics: The narrative is clean and errorless. It tells a short story that is easy to understand.

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Embrace the Remix


Why is creative commons important? And, how do you feel about Kirby Ferguson’s closing statement

“I think this is mostly what we do. Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another, and admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It’s a liberation from our misconceptions, and it’s an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves and to simply begin.”

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Really Simple Syndication

One of the best ways to deal with “Infowhelm” is using a Really Simple Syndication reader or RSS reader. An RSS feed allows you to subscribe to a news feed and pull down updated stories to a news reader. A news reader will aggregate all of your news in one single place. The most popular news reader is Google Reader.

Where do I find an RSS feed? And how do I subscribe?

How do I add an RSS feed to a reader?

Problem: So, this was the primary way of filtering and organizing the web until last week, when Google decided to kill off the popular RSS reader. On July 1, 2013 Google reader will pass on into the realm of deceased Google applications. So, the challenge:

Challenge: What is the best way, in the post Google Reader world, to organize the web? To filter and organize your reading experience?

In pairs, or individually I want you to research, find, and sell the next great application for filtering and organizing web content.

1. Research the best application that connects across multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Web and Tablet).

Some options might be, but are not limited to,…

  • Feedly
  • Pulse
  • IFTT
  • Twitter lists
  • Newsblur
  • Google Currents
  • The old reader
  • NetVibes
  • Zite

2. Once you have your application, you have to sell it and market it to a large group of people who are looking for the next great application to organize their web experience.

  • Create a commercial
  • Create a screencast of features
  • Create a slideshow of images that tells a story about your application
  • Create something I haven’t listed

3. Presentations will happen on Thursday. Each presentation should address the following questions.

  • What does the application do? 
  • Why is it appealing?
  • How can it integrate across multiple platforms?
  • Highlight appealing user features.
  • How will you pitch this to people who are upset about losing Google Reader?
  • Why will your application make others forget about Google Reader?


25% Creativity

  • Product is unique and engaging.
  • Product’s design is intuitive
  • Creative risks were taken to produce this product

25% Collaboration

  • Team organized daily and effectively
  • Team communicated daily and beyond the classroom
  • There is evidence of consistent communication channels

25% Design

  • Product shows evidence of creativity, uniqueness and innovative thinking
  • Design is intuitive
  • Product is clean and error free

25% Spelling and Mechanics

  • There are no errors in spelling or grammar
  • Presentation or demonstration is thorough and engaging
  • Planning notes and timeline are organized and clear
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