1) ELA technology standards vary in nature, but the ones I feel most qualified to teach are RL.7.2., RL..6., and RI.7.4. Specifically, these are what the standards say:
RL.7.2. - Words & illustrations in print and digital text to understand character, setting, and plot.
RL.7.6. - Compare reading story/drama/poem to audio, video, or live version.
RI.7.4. - Charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, animations, or interactive elements on a webpage.
RL.7.2 - I've been homeschooling for 14 years now and have spent the past several years focusing on literary elements such as character, setting, and plot. I find these specific literary elements quite easy to teach. In my experience, students easily grasp the concept of who the "characters" in a story are, what the "setting" is, and what actually happens (plot).
RL.7.6. - As avid fans of the Orlando Rep, we have had several opportunities to compare stories we've read to live versions. We've also spent a great deal of time comparing and contrasting book versions to video versions.
RI.7.4. - My students are millennials, which means they grew up in the age of digital technology and web pages. That said, I've found it quite easy to point out the charts/diagrams/etc. that are available and that actually help students understand the content better.
2) My students range in age from 13-17. Again, as a homeschooling mom, I have four students. I love implementing Google Classroom for our homeschool. It's a perfect way for my students and me to communicate at times when I'm not able to help one individual student.
Believe it or not, even with just four, I can be quite busy with my own work, my own school (such as this blog post!), or helping another student/child of mine. One of my students may have a question about an assignment I've posted on Google Classroom...*right this minute*......and if s/he doesn't get it out ASAP, s/he may forget it. Google Classroom has come in handy in that it's allowed my students to ask those questions or turn in assignments or alert me to the fact that they've submitted work elsewhere.
As for digital citizenship, I've always taught my students this concept, so this isn't really applicable. I mean, they're my own children so...I've been able to address this one-on-one with them each.
3) OK to be honest? I didn't acquire any new skills on the Newsletter assignment. Those were very, very basic Word skills, in my opinion. I've known how to do all of those things for years, and it was - for me - "busy work." =/ That being said, I didn't mind doing it...it's just that it didn't teach me anything new.
*Blogs I commented on for week 4: Brenda (comment is awaiting moderation) and Jessica (also awaiting moderation).