Spotlight: How One Teacher Taught Digital Citizenship Via Student-driven Websites

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Sheila Slawek teaches digital literacy & computer science. The 8th grade just received their own profiled laptop since the school was deploying a blended learning/personalized learning initiative and the 1:1 student laptop was a key project. I was perplexed since I thought to myself, the district has been deploying laptops to schools for 10 years! Ownership of not only the assigned laptops, but ownership of their learning!

It’s Not Digital Citizenship—It’s Just Citizenship, Period.


Citizenship knows no boundaries. The civics lessons we teach our students outside of the digital arena apply to the online world and vice versa. As a classroom teacher and an instructional technologist, I struggled with how to find time in students’ already-busy schedules to incorporate digital citizenship, even though I knew it was important to teach. So I lost the digital. I hope you can begin to “lose the digital," too.


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169 Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

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Today’s tip: #101–the Laptop Internet Button. Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection (on some laptops) to the internet is on. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

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Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: First: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection to the internet is on. 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. As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems.

Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Today’s youth are digital natives who are unaware of life without Internet access, instant communication, mobile phones and an abundance of on-demand information sitting in their pockets. Although this generation can navigate the digital world with ease, it is unreasonable to assume young people fully understand how to leverage technology for best possible outcomes. By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed.

Internet Safety Month?Rules to Live By

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When you log off your laptop, you can enjoy a world of books, sports and sunshiney days. Here you are: More on digital security. Resources for Digital Citizenship Week. Teaching Digital Rights and Responsibilities. 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. Digital Citizenship Websites security

An Easy, Reliable Way to Check for Plagiarism

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That means you can use it on desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, iOS, and Android devices. K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum (including plagiarism). Building Digital Citizens (an online class). She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. Digital Citizenship Writing

Digital Literacy–What is it?

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Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write– so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally. “the ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information” –Digital Strategy Glossary of Key Terms.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


” The 1:1 initiative aimed for districts to issue each student a laptop for use in-school and at home. In order to impart this knowledge to their students, teachers also had to go through digital literacy training. Now, many schools now provide digital training professional workshops to help teachers integrate online safety best practices in their everyday classrooms. In order to receive this funding, each district must submit a digital classroom plan.

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Back To Basics: Device Tips For #BackToSchool

The Web20Classroom

We might believe that students are “ digital natives ” when in reality they are trying to figure this stuff out just like the adults in the room are. Digital Citizenship- If there isn’t a long standing conversation and fully-integrated approach to digital citizenship then the validity of any technology implementation has to be called into question. There has to be a constant and ongoing conversation about all aspects of digital citizenship.

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Cyber security course for teachers includes lessons on hacking

eSchool News

Eric Bryant is glad his school recently bought laptops for all its students to use in class and at home. As the use of digital technology in education and among students for private use has grown over the years, so too has the threat from hackers, identity thieves and cyber bullies. Digital Citizenship Professional Development Safety & Security cyber security digital citizenship hacking professional development

3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and IRL

eSchool News

It has become such a part of what we do and who we are that it become to be defined as a sort of “digitalcitizenship. So what describes a digital citizen? In my book Digital Citizenship in Schools , I define a digital citizen as someone who shares ideas, makes purchases, plans activities, asks for answers, interacts both at work and in play and much more on digital devices (computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.).

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. The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Did I actually title this 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom? Yes, I did!

3 schools where tech is enhancing engagement

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Walk into a Cleveland County Schools classroom today, and chances are you won’t find a traditional chalk board or an old-school overhead projector, but instead, laptop computers and touch-screen smartboards. 21st Century Skills Digital Citizenship McClatchy Social Media engagementEducators share how tech is pushing engagement in novel ways.

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Tech Helpful - Untitled Article

Tech Helpful

This is a digital citizenship issue. Educators and parents have arguably the biggest role to play in not only helping young people spend less time on their phones and laptops, but also helping them use their time on technology well. balance digital citizenship guest blog human flourishing moments social media student eyes timeA few years ago a new family moved into our school community with a young elementary son named Daniel.

EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #7: L. Neumann from SWEDEN!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

The school has been 1:1 since 2010, and Lotta is fortunate enough to be able to work with the finding and implementation of digital resources and best practices. But then I was just slightly curious about the Digital Citizenship talk, and got stuck in the interesting discussion. But now my contacts was really almost falling out of my eyes and I decisively closed my laptop, after saying good night. edtech #flipclass digital citizenship edmodo edmodocon global learning

May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I''ve written quite a bit about assessing writing (ad nauseum) via digital means, reading instruction and assessment have remained a primarily paper-based enterprise in my class. While students can create projects, take quizzes, write responses digitally via BYOD and 1:1 using Google forms and docs, I''ve been missing a digital method for close reading of texts in my bag of instructional tricks.

Remote Desktop Just a Tab Away

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Opened a new tab, Used the Ericom AccessNow app to open my school Outlook email on the remote server, Then hit printscreen (my laptop at home is old and doesn''t have that cool clipper tool), Pasted the screenshot into MS Paint (on the laptop, not the remote server) Cropped, edited as needed, and saved. As an additional bonus with Chrome, I can minimize the browser windows and have a nice split screen between the remote desktop and my home laptop.

Inspiring Digital Leaders During Personal Learning Device (PLD) Rollout

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Currently, our 3rd graders each receive an ASUS netbook and our 4th & 5th graders receive an HP laptop. Should I just check it out and do digital citizenship lessons later? I want students to leave our library with their personal learning device feeling like they are digital leaders and changemakers. They don’t all necessarily feature something digital, but the idea of using our technology to foster change was intriguing to me.

If We Could Write 10,000 Words.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Here I am typing on my laptop perched on the counter next to the onions caramelizing on the stove and surrounded by my daughter''s first grade homework marooned on the kitchen island. assignments common core connecting with students digital citizenship edtech education flipclass flipped flipping Google docs peer evaluation teaching technology twitter writing

EdmodoCon 2013 Guest Post #4: D. Easterling

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Rounds - preparation is key (lesson template along with timing of lesson; gathering of resources) - student participation is key no matter how limited it may be - working technology is important Apparati - Edmodo - equipment (iPad, laptop, etc.) - classroom or other learning environment - apps or Web 2.0 connecting with students digital citizenship edmodo edmodocon flipclass flipped flipping

169 Tech Tip #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off

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Q: I’m pushing the power button on my laptop (or desktop, but this is more common with laptops), and it won’t turn off. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

10 Tips for Teaching Remotely

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Have a digital notetaking program–Evernote, OneNote, Notability, or Google Keep for example. Instead, I loaded the document onto my iPad (or laptop) and interacted with it there. Student collaborative groups can be addressed with a mix of Facetime on phones and the Google Doc on the digital device. Have backup batteries for your phone, laptop, and iPad. I’ve been working from home for years but most people haven’t.

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What to do when your Computers Don’t Work

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Do you have Laptops or iPads. Even without internet access, if you had Laptops, they could create Documents using Microsoft Word. I do not have any access to laptops. Our school moved and our laptops were reformatted and our servers were taken apart. The only computer I have access to is my own personal laptop. Create paper laptops – [link]. Digital Citizenship Lessons – Lots of them at Common Sense Media do not require a computer [link].

Fun Videos from BoomWriter That You’ll Relate to

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Now watch this one on laptop carts. 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. One of my new favorite online writing tools is BoomWriter.

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Why Game Based Learning Is the Right Choice for Remote Teaching

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Here’s how a game-based approach solves many of the issues they brought up: Start organized –map out daily or weekly learning with a digital gameboard (big thanks to Deb Norton at SimpleK12 and Slidesmania for this idea).

JotForm Smart PDF–Great for Today’s Teaching

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Users no longer have to print, fill out, scan back into their digital device, and then send. Unlike a school’s standard equipment, home-based students work from a diverse variety of digital devices (i.e., PCs, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, and desktops).

Zapzapmath adds multiplayer option and more to their popular app

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This is perfect for the many different ways students learn math, the wide variety of digital devices being used, and gives a nod toward the lifelong learner who is as likely to play math games because they love learning as that it’s part of teacher-directed activities. That means whatever digital devices students use — be they desktop, laptop, iPad, or Chromebook, they can access Zapzapmath.

Investing in Your Students’ Safety

Gaggle Speaks

When Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) started handing out laptops on a 1:1 basis, the district knew the importance of protecting its students in the digital world. We’ve made a very concerted effort to ensure that students learn good digital citizenship and how to act responsibly online.” And at least three times a year, all K-12 students are taught about digital citizenship in a manner suited to the grade level.

My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Teacher-Authors

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A digital device. I know lots of people who write the first draft of their documents with paper-and-pencil but almost always, the next version is completed on some sort of digital device. That might be a Mac, PC, iPad, Chromebook, laptop, or in some cases a dedicated word processor like the Retro Freewrite or Alphasmart. Pick one or more that work for you, doesn’t matter which as long as it’s digital and allows you to type and edit your manuscript.

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Tech Tip for Teachers: Cover your Webcam

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Another tip: Close your laptop when not in use. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. Tech Tips is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that colleagues and friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. . This week, I’m passing on a tip from my security-conscious daughter: I used to do this and forgot about it.

3 Apps That Energize Learning

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make access from digital devices easy and intuitive. IF my iPad (laptop, phone) battery is low THEN remind me to recharge it. Offer a fun, unique approach to digital storytelling. 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. Let’s face it.

5 Ways to Personalize Wallpaper on 3 Digital Devices

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Personalizing a digital device with unique wallpaper is a great way to encourage students to take responsibility for their iPad, Chromebook, laptop, PC, or another digital device. Choose the one best-suited to your digital devices. Method One : Use your digital device’s organic method of changing wallpaper. Save it to your digital portfolio. Method Four : Go to digital device ‘Pictures’ folder; select picture you like and ‘set as desktop background’.

Smartphones in the classroom

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In my summer digital citizenship classes, the biggest question I get is how to control student cell phone usage. Digital devices, especially smartphones and tablets, have become an appendage for schools. In a time where digital devices are ever-present, it is difficult for kids to not be influenced by them. Using a digital device for educational purposes should be encouraged. To do so, there are monitoring apps for digital devices.

Subscriber Special: April

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A School License is a multi-user PDF of most books (or videos where available) we offer–textbooks, curricula, lesson plans, student workbooks, and more–that can be used on every digital device in your school–iPads, Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, laptops, netbooks, smartphones, iPods. provide access to full text PDF (or videos where relevant) from every digital device in your school, 24 hours a day. April 5th-15th: Buy a K-8 School License.