Ezine Projects 2015


8th Grade Students in Mr. Kirsch’s ICT are creating E-zines aka Electronic Magazines. The goal was for students to demonstrate their ability to write, edit, and publish content on multiple platforms. What you see below is the embed content the students created; however we used educlipper as our platform to curate the students content. More editions will be coming soon. Stay tuned! 

Period 2 Class Ezine – 1st Edition


Period 5 -Class Ezine – 1st Edition

Period 5 – Class Ezine – 2nd Edition

Period 2 – Class Ezine – 2nd Edition


Period 2 – Class Ezine – 3rd Edition (2015)


Period 5 – Class Ezine – 3rd Edition 

Period 2 – Class Ezine – 4th Edition

Period 5 – Class Ezine – 4th Edition

Period 2 – Class Ezine – 5th Edition (Travel Brochures)

Period 5 – Class Ezine – 5th Edition (Travel Brochures)

Blog Post #8 – Pirating

This wordle is free by linking back to  ==> mrkirsch.edublogs.org <==

This wordle is free by linking back to
==> mrkirsch.edublogs.org <==


Digital Citizenship: Henry from Mr. Kirsch on Vimeo.

Part #1 – Case Study ==> Read the scenario below: 

“Paul spends a lot of time online illegally downloading (pirating) music, movies, and games. He then uploads the files and shares them with friends and even on peer-to-peer sharing websites. “I’m spreading the wealth,” he says. One day his older sister finds out what he is doing and tells him, “It’s illegal, it’s stealing!” Paul says, “I don’t care. Why should I have to pay for something when I can get it for free? Besides, these artists and the record companies make tons of money.” His sister then asks, “If you made a song or a movie, would you want people to just get it for free, and without giving you credit?”

Part #2 – Apply New Knowledge (Answer these questions on your blog).

1. Why should Paul care about his behavior?

2. How does pirating affect creators?

3. What are honest ways Paul could obtain music and movies he wants?

4. How would this affect you if this was you?

Part #3 – Complete this post by Friday, March 20, 2015 @5pm. 

Blog Post #7 – Copyrighting

This wordle is free by linking back to ==> mrkirsch.edublogs.org <==

This wordle is free by linking back to ==> mrkirsch.edublogs.org <==

Part #1 – Case Study ==> Read the scenario below:

“When he was at the park, Emilio took an amazing photo of a squirrel hanging with one paw from a tree branch. He uploaded this photo to his Flickr photo-sharing website. He also entered it in the school’s photography contest, and it won first prize! Soon people at school visited his Flickr site to download his funny photo. His friends posted the photo on their profiles, blogs, and webpages. Some people at school printed out the photo and posted it in their lockers. Someone in art class used the photo in a collage. Someone else from another school made T-shirts with the photo and sold them.”

Part #2 – Apply New Knowledge (Answer these questions on your blog).
1. If you were Emilio, how would you feel?

2. Do people using Emilio’s photo have a responsibility to ask permission before they use his work? Should they give him credit for his work?

3. Is there a difference between a person selling Emilio’s photo, and a person using the photo just because he or she likes it? Is it different when the people using the photo are Emilio’s friends?

4. If Emilio was concerned about the copyright of his photo, what could he do?

Part #3 – Complete this post by Friday, March 13, 2015 @5pm. 

Post #5: What does your Digital Footprint say about you?

What does your Digital Footprint say about you?

Read the article. This article discusses how your digital footprint can effective you positively or negatively depending what type of “digital footprint” you have.  .Answer the questions below on YOUR own blog.   (Post your reflection by Friday, February 20, 2015 by 5pm). Please respond to a minimum of two other classmates Blog Posts.

What does your digital footprint say about you



1) What must you be aware of when it comes to  the dangers of having negative digital footprint?

2) What precautions should you take  considering your “digital footprint” when you have made the decision that you are going to create an account on a variety of social media platforms (Reflect on all the discussions & blog posts we have communicating with each other this semester) ?

Student responses ==> curated by Storify.

Post #3 – Comic

Comic Strip – Digital Citizenship Scenarios. Post #3

Please create a comic strip on some aspect of Digital Citizenship utilizing Pixton! Keep in mind all the different scenarios you could create: social media safety, cyberbullying, gossip, posting “too much” information, and/or plagiarism!! Please embed your Comic Strip Scenerio on YOUR blog by Friday, February 6, 2015 by 5:00 pm.

Student Example:

Digital Footprint: What is it? Post #2

Diginal Footprint

Managing Your Digital Footprint: Think Before You Post.

Digital footprint refers to the compilation of content on the Internet that can be associated with you and, thus, potentially available to anyone performing a search on you. The list of possible content visible online is endless (e.g., your family videos on YouTube, your comments on a news article or blog, vacation photos on Flickr, your posts on Facebook and Twitter). Please watch the video below, “Understanding Your Digital Footprint” and then write a blog post based on the questions below.

UnderstandingDigitalFootprint from Mr. Kirsch on Vimeo.

Blog Prompt Questions:

  1. Why should you be concerned about the information available online about you?
  2. Can you do anything to manage your digital footprint?
  3. How does a person take control of their privacy?
  4. Why should people manage their interactions with others on Social Media?
  5. Do you think is “wise” to use caution on social media and networking websites? Why or Why Not?

 Please make sure you post your written blog response by Friday, January 30, 2015 by 5pm. Your responses to this post should be a minimum of 5-6 sentences for each question. 

For More Information:

MaximumPC: How To Erase Your Digital Footprint:
Washington Post: Beware of Privacy Policies: Time to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint:

What is Digitial Citizenship ? Post #1

Activity 1: Explaining digital citizenship

Digital citizens

Watch this clip, Edtalks: 2010 Ten trends: Cyber citizenship with Derek Wenmoth, Director of CORE Education, discussing digital citizenship. He explains that responsible digital citizens need to be respectful and act appropriately with information in an online world. He suggests it is necessary for teachers to have direct experience of the online environment to teach students effectively about responsible cyber behaviour.

Activity 2: Defining digital citizenship

Compare NetSafe’s definition of a digital citizen with the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship outlined by Gerald Bailey and Mike Ribble in their book Digital Citizenship in Schools. 

1. NetSafe’s definition of a New Zealand digital citizen

A digital citizen:

“A digital citizen accepts and understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting ‘cyberspace’, including online safety.”

  • is a confident and capable user of information and communication technology (ICT)
  • uses ICTs to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of ICTs
  • is aware of ICT challenges and can manage them effectively
  • uses ICT to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity and ethical behaviour in their use of ICTs
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizenship.

2. Nine elements of digital citizenship

  • Digital access: full electronic participation in society
  • Digital literacy: the process of teaching and learning about ICTs and the use of ICTs
  • Digital communication: electronic exchange of information

Digital citizens
School environment and student behaviour
  • Digital security (self protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety
  • Digital etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
  • Digital rights and responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world

Student life outside the school environment
  • Digital commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
  • Digital heath and wellness: physical and psychological wellbeing in a digital technology world
  • Digital law: rights and restrictions

Activity 3: Implications for you and your school

Blog Reflections questions (Post on YOUR blog only). Reflections must a minimum of 10-12 sentences for each question. Please post by Friday, January 20, 2015 @5pm.
  • What does digital citizenship mean to you in your personal life, professional life?
  • What implications does this have for our young people now and in the future?
  • While most of today’s students are comfortable with using technology:
    • Are they using it appropriately?
    • Do they understand their roles and responsibilities in digital society?
    • How can teachers help students become responsible digital citizens?
    • What are the norms of appropriate, responsible, ethical behaviour with regards to technology use?