6 steps to promote good digital citizenship for all students

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By the time today’s digital natives enter high school, most of them have already been using devices, computers, the internet, and social media for years. They use these tools on their own terms and for their own reasons, many of which aren’t readily apparent to older adults who didn’t grow up with tablets and mobile phones in hand. A 6-step digital citizenship plan. Step 2: Focus on digital etiquette, respect, and safety.

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

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If you’re looking for meaningful lessons to wrap up your school year, here are my top picks: Digital Passport. Applied Digital Skills. Digital Passport. Common Sense Media’s award-winning Digital Passport is the gold-standard in teaching digital citizenship to grades 3-5 (or Middle School). Share the Digital Passport leaderboard to show student progress on the class screen. Applied Digital Skills.

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How to Cope with Bullying

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90% of teens who report being cyberbullied have also been bullied offline. ( “Seven Fears and the Science of How Mobile Technologies May Be Influencing Adolescents in the Digital Age,” George and Odgers, 2015 ). Use these five digital resources to provide age-appropriate and dynamic education to students: Bullied to Death- -a true story of a teen who commits suicide because of cyberbullying. Right to digital access. More on cyberbullying and digital citizenship.

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How every school can promote safety in a digital world

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Keeping students safe in the digital era — with its myriad dangers — means a proactive IT strategy. Digital solutions such as classroom management, collaboration, and online polls allow teachers to be more productive so they spend less time administrating and more time teaching and interacting with pupils. However, along with the benefits of mobile devices come the associated challenges.

Remind Takes Student and Stakeholder Engagement to a New Level

A Principal's Reflections

Introducing two-way messaging on mobile for can be tricky, because teachers need messaging to be safe when communicating with minors and parents, and many don’t want to have to manage incoming text messages from their entire class! Building Community and Digital Citizenship Using mobile communication to build school community and facilitate learning brings an opportunity to teach digital citizenship. Communication Digital Leadership Remind

BYOD Begins With Trust and Respect

A Principal's Reflections

Up until this point we had students sign off on a paper guideline sheet after which I created a username and password for them to access the secure guest network. There is no doubt in my mind that this process limited the amount of students who opted to bring their own mobile learning devices to school. We decided to trash the old process reliant on paper and emails by replacing it with a seamless alternative that empowered students to want to bring their mobile devices to school.

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10 ways administrators should be collaborating with their librarians

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Long gone are the days when librarians were simply the “keeper of books,” and the administrators who have grown to realize this have found it much easier to accomplish their strategic vision by mobilizing this dedicated and knowledgeable part of their staff. Librarians are ninjas in digital citizenship. Invest in the right digital resources.

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

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Grade-levels below are guidelines. Before starting, review the digital citizenship associated with visiting an online site (such as privacy, staying on the assigned website, and not talking to strangers). Popular shortkeys are to open programs, activate tools, and take screenshots using the digital device’s native tool. Adapt these MS Word directions to your digital device: Click View – Macros – Record Macros.

Study.com Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

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Students join with a free Study.com account that can be accessed with mobile apps (with the exception of proctored exams). The two-hour proctored final exam (required for college credit) must be completed on a computer rather than a mobile device or tablet. These are treated exactly like any other lesson under the Teacher Edition guidelines.

What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

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VARK started as a questionnaire to help students and teachers understand their best approach to learning but has since become more of a guideline for teaching and learning. Auditory/Aural: a preference for information that is heard or spoken such as lectures, group discussion, radio, email, mobile phones, speaking, web-chat and talking things through. If you use the VARK model of Student Learning , you know why I’m excited about it.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

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As a former technology director (Tom) and high school principal (Eric), we’ve seen some fascinating ways that students have tried to bypass the filter, have seen search terms that would make even college students blush, and have had a vast array of conversations with students about the appropriate use of digital tools. Concern about student safety while online and use of digital tools is undoubtedly valid.

Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

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a series of symbols, used synonymously as text and grouped to imply or prompt the multimedia in the games and programs that happen on computers, websites, and mobile apps. These guidelines include: support the ‘4 C’s’–creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-Rich Learning Spaces (2016) by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green Cross-posted from Learning Light Bulbs by Nate Gildart Get your own copy of Classroom Management in the Digital Age! This can be done digitally with an accessible slideshow or clear instructions for students to begin working straight away. Extension activities would be something I think are easily done digitally - there’s so much out there.

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10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

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Nearpod is described as a mobile app that allows teachers to create and share interactive multimedia presentations in 1-to-1 device classrooms. Although this list is specifically being written for a math classroom, the nice thing about Nearpod is that they have a library of lessons that covers other subjects as well like ELA, Science, Social Studies, and even Digital Citizenship. Math teachers: This is for you.

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Teaching with Technology

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How can digital citizenship lessons help me get the most out of teaching with technology? One way to do this is by encouraging students to learn how to use digital creation tools. An established policy or set of guidelines for using apps, including social media -- whether you're considering it as part of your class or just to communicate with students. now include at least one mobile device. Address digital distraction in your policies and procedures.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

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Let students create their own digital portfolios of their favorite work. Design more mobile learning experiences for your students–in higher ed, for example. Encourage digital citizenship via peer-to-peer interaction that is documented. ” Communicate digitally with students who may be hesitant to “talk” with you in person. Create a “digital parking lot” for questions. Administer digital exit slips.

Messaging - Tool of Engagement or Weapon of Mass Distraction?

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A good start are the social media guidelines and digital citizenship responsibilities developed by students and teachers in New York City. The earlier you get your mobile phone, the better your literacy scores.” To be or not to be? That is the question for some teachers when it comes to allowing messaging (text or instant) in the classroom. Many see it as a distraction, but young people often disagree.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( assisteducation.com/ ) & ( www.apexlearning.com ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. ClassPad.net helps kids brush up on their math skills all year-round by offering digital scratch paper students can use to help them solve problems.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


MOBILE UPDATES ( kahoot.com/blog/2018/06/13/learners-to-leaders-create-kahoot-app/ ) Kahoot! launched a major mobile update that will allow users to create and host kahoots right in the Kahoot! MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION EXPANSION ( education.minecraft.net ) Students and educators can now use Minecraft: Education Edition on iPads to engage students in STEM, inspire creative projects across subjects, and build important skills in communication, collaboration and digital citizenship.

We All Teach SEL: Gratitude Activities and Tools for Students

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Have students reflect on the past, such as in this digital journal , expressing gratitude and recognizing changes over time. Using our Digital Citizenship Curriculum? Think about the digital tools you're already using in the classroom. Start a mentoring program where students use their strengths to help others in class; set up guidelines for returning gratitude. Celly is a mobile social network, like a private version of Twitter.

We All Teach SEL: Gratitude

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Have students reflect on the past, such as in this digital journal , expressing gratitude and recognizing changes over time. Using our Digital Citizenship Curriculum? Think about the digital tools you're already using in the classroom. Start a mentoring program where students use their strengths to help others in class; set up guidelines for returning gratitude. Celly is a mobile social network, like a private version of Twitter.

Learning Revolution Week's Events - Evernote in the Classroom - Yong Zhao - Google+ vs. Ning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

From the development of its Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher. Thursday, June 12th at 3:30pm in Atherton, CA Common Sense Media: Making a Better World: Digital Citizenship For K-12 , As student devices are being integrated into schools, helping students be good digital citizens is more important than ever.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Partner Announcements Amazing People Institute : Amazing People Library launch a digital story collection unlike any other. Thursday, April 24th in Omaha, NE Identifying the Learning Potential of Apps, Websites, and Games & Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship on an iPad; , Common Sense Media presenter, Jeremy Nielsen, will deliver two great sessions at the Nebraska Educational Technology Association event in Omaha, NE. How does your library manage digital collections?

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The call for submissions closes Decemeber 15th , so be sure to check out the submission guidelines and get yours in soon! Monday, December 15th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Top 5 Digital Tools of 2014 , What are the top apps, websites, and games for learning of 2014? Tuesday, December 16th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Character in Education , How do we guide kids to think critically, have moral sensitivity, and make ethical decisions in digital spaces?

Social and Cultural Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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Digital Civics Toolki t (by the Civic Engagement Research Group): Created by the same researchers behind Deep Dive: Educating for Democracy, this toolkit offers easy-to-implement conversation starters (among other resources) for activating students' passion for civics and democracy. March for Our Lives : Formed in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, March for Our Lives has mobilized young people to end the epidemic of gun violence.

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - SLS14 Expanded! - Open Natural Math Class - Educate to Liberate or Control?

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] Digital Wish : Two new videos - The Importance of Technology in American Schools and The Need for a Shift to Mobile. Wednesday, March 19th at 7pm Empowering Our Students to Be Digital Citizens with Kelly Mendoza from Common Sense Media, As schools continue to integrate technology, they face increasing challenges with behavioral and ethical issues such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing and plagiarism.