Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. Digital Citizenship that Works. She is a high school library media center director in Illinois and author of the book Digital Citizenship in Action published through ISTE.

5 Ways Edtech Enhances Social Studies Lessons

Ask a Tech Teacher

Before I get into how edtech enhances social studies lessons, let’s ask a foundational question: What the heck is Social Studies ? According to Brookings , roughly nine percent of educators consider themselves social studies teachers. More on social studies topics.

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Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today’s parents. All Subjects Digital Citizenship Edtech Tool Tuesday Education High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Parents Teachers

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Wally Clipper, has a great run-down on 8 trends you’ll want to watch in 2020: 8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020. From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months.

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Make a Difference in the World as a Citizen Scientist

Teacher Reboot Camp

Students achieve reading, writing, and digital research standards and see their learning make a real impact on the world. I’m so excited about the rich learning experience citizen science offers our students that I’ve dedicated one of the missions in my newest book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, to facilitating students in their role as “citizen scientists” who share their field research with the world.

7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Automatically transfer grades into any digital grade book. Step 1: Teach Digital Citizenship. At the beginning, I do a lot of work on digital citizenship — that we behave on social media the way we do in real life. Vickie Morgado on episode 177 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Vickie Morgado from Canada has her third graders connecting with the world!

Are Curriculum Specialists in Edtech Denial?


Curriculum is the what, education technology (aka edtech) is the how. Edtech Defined Recently I was asked to define edtech. Here is how I responded: "Education technology – or edtech – is the study and practice of effective teaching and learning processes and strategies that incorporate devices, apps, programs, and media. Edtech can be used in traditional classrooms, at home, and as part of learning in almost any setting."

Top Edtech Classroom Tools


At Common Sense Education, the edtech reviewers have seen it all. And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” Social Studies Stunners. Zearn : This math tool effectively balances digital learning with classroom learning with peers, station work, and teacher-led lessons.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Students can share these slides to create a digital word wall.” The platform gives teachers and administrators the flexibility to mix and match content from a growing number of open educational resources (OER), to digitize existing content, or to build their own. 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material. Private Community & Study Group. 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material. Private Community & Study Group. Private Community and Study Group.

Educational Leadership for Social Good


Our teammate and Events Director, Al Thomas , a former principal himself, ran the Education Leaders Network Playground, which featured 28 sessions for leaders by leaders, and one session in particular stood out when we talked about it… a session called Leading EdTech Initiatives for Social Good by Jennifer Williams , author of Teach Boldly. You might also pre-order a copy of Jennifer’s upcoming book, Teach Boldly, Using EdTech for Social Good.

It’s Time for Social Studies to Make a Comeback. Here Are 3 Insights for Educators.


Social studies is poised for a comeback in U.S. While ELA and math priorities have long enjoyed top billing on many district agendas, the importance of investing more in social studies instruction is now coming to the forefront, especially in an era when students are having to decode increasingly complex political and social issues. Take digital citizenship, an area that is evolving before our eyes, and one that by definition cannot possibly be taught from print materials.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). The debate is on | News-Sentinel.com → As schools struggle to raise high school graduation rates and close the persistent achievement gap for minority and low-income students, many educators tout digital technology in the classroom as a way forward. Tagged on: August 22, 2017 A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper? | The Hechinger Report → Do we learn better from printed books than digital versions?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). The debate is on | News-Sentinel.com → As schools struggle to raise high school graduation rates and close the persistent achievement gap for minority and low-income students, many educators tout digital technology in the classroom as a way forward. Tagged on: August 22, 2017 A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper? | The Hechinger Report → Do we learn better from printed books than digital versions?

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Your Essential Back to School EdTech Checklist

Fractus Learning

Find your digital cameras. Include something about digital citizenship and home screen behavior. Subscribe to Common Sense Media , which has a WEALTH of tools to help your students grow as digital citizens. Quizlet – Flashcard and study games that engage learners. by Karen Larson and Gene Tognetti. The start of the school year brings with it more than a few ‘gotta-do’s for a classroom teacher.

Edtech’s Blurred Lines Between Security, Surveillance and Privacy


A study by Northeastern University researchers suggests that schools are safer than they were in the 1990’s. With safeguarding students’ online and physical safety as a top priority, schools are leaning on a variety of digital services. Such a system raises concerns and questions for Doug Levin, founder of EdTech Strategies. Filters Are Not Failsafe When it comes to digital and online safety, schools often rely on web and social media monitoring tools.

Tell Me All About it with Tellagami

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Students could also embed the Gami in a digital portfolio such as a Google Site or a blog. Students could search and select a background image of a location significant to the content being studied and record a message about the location. BYOD BYOT digital citizenship edmodo edtech flipclass Tellagami is a mobile app that lets users create a short animated video using any mobile device.

Technology is Here to Stay: Now What?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Companies with a vested interest in their products publish studies touting their applications. I tend to favor independent studies on technology use which take a more balanced approach. He can be found on Twitter @T4edtech and on his YouTube Channel Transformative Edtech.

Heroes & Big Huge Labs (I'm not talking about Brody)

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Both my 9th grade Honors students and my one section of 12th grade general-level students start the year off studying the Hero''s Journey concept and connect it to literature. All your past and present English teachers have modeled how to study a novel. Big Huge Labs has nothing to do with dogs (as far as I know) or my therapy dog, Brody , but it is a FREE, useful site for creating quick digital projects.

What You Might Have Missed in January

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5 Ways Edtech Enhances Social Studies Lessons. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Every Student Should Publish for the World!

Shake Up Learning

edtech #edchat #gsuiteedu Click To Tweet. My goal is to empower teachers to transform the learning in their classrooms and become digital leaders. Private Google+ Community and Study Group. Blended Learning Collaboration Communication Digital Citizenship Dynamic Learning edtech educational technology Free Resources for teachers Instructional Technology dynamic learningThe post Every Student Should Publish for the World!

Educators as Empowered Citizens (Unpacking the ISTE Standards for Educators)

Tech Helpful

Citizen- Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency. Mentor students in safe, legal, and ethical practices with digital tools ad the protection of intellectual rights and property. I am an avid edtech blogger. Digital literacy. Management of digital identity.

10 things to know about digital learning

eSchool News

Digital learning itself is expanding in schools, but access to classroom and home technology still remains a major obstacle, according to a new study from Schoology. Related content: 30+ digital learning tools and services.

How Tech Enhances Class Performance

Ask a Tech Teacher

Although children are naturally becoming citizens of the digital world , for them to integrate fully and in a positive way in this new society, they still need guidance from teachers. A balanced approach is particularly useful when dealing with the potential negative effects of digital use, and especially social media. A study by the University of Phoenix found that almost two thirds of K-12 teachers regularly use laptops and computers in class. Teaching Strategies edtech

How Pampa ISD Got Student Email, an LMS and an EdTech Partner

Gaggle Speaks

In this new case study, you will learn how: Gaggle has become an extension of the Pampa ISD technology department and administration. Pampa students are learning digital citizenship with the help of Gaggle’s Student Safety Representatives. Read the entire case study, “How Gaggle Becomes a Part of Your School District,” and other stories about how schools and districts are partnering with Gaggle by visiting the case study section of the Gaggle Content Library.

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10 findings about K-12 digital learning

eSchool News

Digital learning itself is expanding in schools, but access to classroom and home technology still remains a major obstacle, according to a new study from Schoology. The State of Digital Learning report is based on responses from more than 9,200 education professionals and covers challenges, priorities, and student achievement as they relate to digital learning and edtech tools. The study breaks down obstacles to student learning by rural, suburban, and urban.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

But going for this digital task board or the hyperdoc task board has just created a lot of excitement in the class. As an example, I’m doing early settlers this week as one of our units for social studies. Vicki: As I’m looking at it, you’ve got flipgrid, you’ve got it easy to have conversations using digital tools. I mean, I have digital citizenship hyperdocs, and people just snag them and make a copy and tweak it and make it their own.

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21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

They fit into the categories of SEL, digital instruction, engagement/management, and leadership. In her qualitative study, she found that when schools meet this challenge head-on, student achievement increased and behavioral challenges decreased. Online and Digital Instruction.

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Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 2 – Google Classroom) – SULS0104

Shake Up Learning

Thank you to all the educators in Washinton County Public Schools in Maryland participating in the Blended Learning with Google book study! Here’s a quick overview of the most common ways to organize: Organize by modules or unit of study.

12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching


Ensure the basics: Develop an entry-level edtech introductory course to ensure a formal and consistent level of technological understanding across the staff complement. Stay up to date: Many of the teachers will expect you to be bang up-to-date with all emerging edtech trends. Perhaps consider sending out a monthly emerging edtech newsletter to keep teachers engaged in what your role is. Lesson Study: Improving Teaching Does Improve Teachers : Evidence from Lesson Study.

How to Teach Cyber Safety in Kindergarten

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Learn ways K–12 schools can better prevent phishing attacks. . K–12 Schools Use Video to Teach Digital Citizenship. Kelly Mendoza, senior director of education programs for Common Sense Media, says the nonprofit organization launched a revamped, free curriculum in August aimed at educating young children about digital citizenship using cartoon characters — called Digital Citizens — in songs and videos. “We

6 FREE Google Templates for Creative Productivity 

Shake Up Learning

And you could even have students evaluate the values of a social media feed as part of a digital citizenship lesson. Whether it be studying, reading, learning an instrument, flossing, calligraphy, etc…, habit trackers are key.

Online Teaching Best Practices, Tips, and Tools ? SULS065

Shake Up Learning

Join us for a FREE Shake Up Learning Book Study! Set clear expectations about communication, where to communicate and find help, the acceptable language to communicate, and other digital citizenship reminders.

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3 Ways To Improve Student Success With Strong Course Design

Ask a Tech Teacher

of learners (higher education and further education) believed that digital skills were crucial in their career but only about 50% believed that their course prepares them for it. Many now expect some form of digital technology and personalisation to be a part of any learning programme. So what are some key factors you should consider to maximise student success in your digital classroom? Having them collaborate online and ‘publish’ their projects on digital platforms (i.e.

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The Progression of our Lower School Technology Integration

Tech Helpful

I would often contact 3rd-5th grade teachers (and it helped that I had my own girls in those grades at the time) and ask them what they were studying. Sometimes I would create web searches for our students to learn more about what they were studying in class but also learn the skill of good Internet searching. One of the major goals I have had regarding technology integration is that we also speak into teaching students about being appropriate digital citizens.

Collaborating with Maslow

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Akin to a checklist, my adaptation of Maslow's hierarchy looks at it with a digital lens. Without addressing the safety needs of digital citizenship, filters, and firewalls, educators and students cannot safely interact in a digital realm. Google's study on the effectiveness of teams revealed that the single most important factor in determining team success was trust. collaboration edtech Maslow needs