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The collection formerly known as Digital Life. Renamed for the CSU MEd subject I'm undertaking in session one 2016.
Sites and resources for digital literacy, citizenship, safety and more.

5 Steps To A Connected Classroom – Kim Cofino – Medium. One of my absolute favorite things to talk about is the power of global collaboration – both for teachers and for students.

5 Steps To A Connected Classroom – Kim Cofino – Medium

It’s amazing what you can learn when you start connecting yourself (and your class) to others around the world. So I’m really looking forward to hosting my next Eduro Learning Facebook Live session this Friday on this very topic! One of the reasons this is a favorite topic of mine is because so many of my own professional growth opportunities (here’s one of my stories, and one more, clearly it’s time for an update!) Have happened because of the global connections I have developed right here on this blog (along with my Twitter account and other forms of social media) since 2006. Looking back over all that time invested, I realize it was not easy, but it was absolutely worth it in every possible way. 5 Steps To A Connected Classroom 1. Here are some awesome examples from my PLN, (shared with me via that Facebook post I mentioned above):

Social Media Privacy Terms Translated into Plain English, Finally. We fully expect our kids and our students to adhere to social media privacy terms with due diligence.

Social Media Privacy Terms Translated into Plain English, Finally

Part of this is reading the terms and conditions portion of any network they sign up for. But when those conditions are presented as dozens of pages of jargon written at a post-graduate reading level, students lose interest quickly. For that matter, so do adults. Eight ways to think about digital employability – WeAreOpenCoop. How to Keep Messages Secure. Heading to a protest, organizing with activists, or suddenly concerned about the politics of your parents?

How to Keep Messages Secure

Don’t use SMS or Snapchat to chat about it – you need something safer. To help you pick the right messaging app, Teen Vogue talked to a trio of security experts: Zeynep Tufekci, an associate sociology professor at the University of North Carolina, and the author of a book about networked protest; Alec Muffett, a software engineer who previously worked on security at Facebook; and Moxie Marlinspike, the security researcher who founded Open Whisper Systems, which developed the encryption used by WhatsApp and other messaging tools. To secure your messaging, they advise three steps. First, update your apps and Android or iOS to the latest version.

Second, set a long PIN of at least eight characters to unlock your handset. Getting Sneaky About Digital Citizenship – DigCit Institute. Article reposted with permission from Dear Teachers,

Getting Sneaky About Digital Citizenship – DigCit Institute what? 7 things we know you're going to say. 1. what? 7 things we know you're going to say

I've got nothing to hide. SAGE Journals: Your gateway to world-class journal research. Facebook’s accidental ‘deaths’ remind us to plan for digital demise – Medium. By Tama Leaver, Curtin University The accidental “death” of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and millions of other Facebook users is a timely reminder of what happens to our online content once we do pass away.

Facebook’s accidental ‘deaths’ remind us to plan for digital demise – Medium

Earlier this month, Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile displayed a banner which read: “We hope the people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.” Similar banners populated profiles across the social network. After a few hours of users finding family members, friends and themselves unexpectedly declared dead, Facebook realised its widespread error.

A Teacher’s Lesson On Internet Safety Turns Into A Photoshop Battle. Slideshow Culture November 7, 2016 at 12:25 The teacher’s original post. via Imgur.

A Teacher’s Lesson On Internet Safety Turns Into A Photoshop Battle

Digital Literacy Tips: Strategies for Online Fact Checking. Has someone you know shared an article link via email, Facebook, or another social media website that seems too outlandish to be true?

Digital Literacy Tips: Strategies for Online Fact Checking

Before liking, favoriting, or re-sharing the article link, did you take a few moments to fact-check it by searching online for other sources which either corroborate or refute the article’s claims? If so, congratulations! Your actions in fact-checking links suggest you have some good digital literacy skills. In this post we’ll highlight several useful, online fact-checking strategies and discuss a recent article which can be used with students to highlight this important digital literacy skill. Digital Presence vs Digital Citzenship – Age of Awareness – Medium. “Let’s not let students leave school in isolation, with only Friday on their minds.

Digital Presence vs Digital Citzenship – Age of Awareness – Medium

Let’s ensure they are well connected, independent, and empowered to learn anywhere, anytime.” – Paul Moss “Connected, independent and empowered” learners should be the aspiration for all students and every educator. As schools strive to provide students with greater agency over their learning, online connections become increasingly important. The Kids Are All Right: The Dangers of Digital Parenting – Education Reform – Medium.

“Today’s … teenagers are the most sensitive, least violent, least bullying, least racist, least homophobic, most globally-minded, most compassionate, most environmentally-conscious, least dogmatic, and overall kindest group of young people … ever known.” — Elizabeth Gilbert Young people these days are wiser than they are frequently given credit for.

The Kids Are All Right: The Dangers of Digital Parenting – Education Reform – Medium

According to the age-old generational view, however, our young people are out of control and technology is largely to blame. The reality is that schools today deal with issues pertaining to social choices and interactions that can sometimes be misinterpreted as “technology problems”. The popular view — propagated by some scaremongering media sources — is that inappropriate technology use is rampant among today’s youth. The evidence, however, confirms a very different reality. Do not track. Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens. For teenagers these days, social media is real life, with its own arcane rules and etiquette. Writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded with five high schoolers to chronicle their digital experiences. How to raise a screen-ager in this digital age. By Kristy Goodwin Growing up in this digital landscape, surrounded by a tsunami of screens, is confusing and concerning for many parents.

Modern parents are dealing with completely new parenting conundrums, such as coping with their child's techno-tantrums, cyber-safety worries and managing their child's digital dependence. These are issues that our parents never confronted. Most parents experienced analogue childhoods, where we stared at the sky and not at screens, but we're being thrust into the digital terrain as we raise our "screen-agers". We're also bombarded with myths and misinformation about using screens with children, so it's little wonder that many parents are feeling bewildered about raising digital kids.

The neuroscience and developmental science confirms that children have seven basic unchanging needs: relationships, language, sleep, play, physical movement, nutrition and executive function skills (higher-order thinking skills such as impulse control and working memory). 30+ Digital Citizenship Resources for Every Teacher. If you’re a teacher, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot about digital citizenship. There are many reputable and respectable organizations who have devoted their life’s work to developing the values of such a citizen in educators and students worldwide. We at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation are proud to be among them. We all know the world is different now. We’re all globally connected by technology, so the responsibility of making the world a better place by fostering a compassionate and mindful citizenry isn’t just the responsibility of a chosen few anymore. This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us. Do You Ever Grow Out Of Digital Parenting? - CLRN. June 15, 2016. Data ethics. Why we need ‘view source’ for digital literacy frameworks. Learning with 'e's: Digital literacies in the age of remix. I presented this latest version of my digital literacies model at the 2016 Solstice Conference hosted by Edge Hill University. The slide is from my keynote presentation on digital storytelling. The components in the model are by no means exhaustive - I acknowledge there are many more literacies, some of which are emergent due to new technologies and services. What I have attempted here is to represent what I consider to be the most important, or most regularly observed literacies and try to place them in context.

It's also important to note that these do not replace the conventional literacies of reading and writing, speaking and listening, but are supplemental to them. I have added three dimensions. I would like to draw your attention to the middle column, which as yet has no categorisation (and this is embryonic, so components may be added, removed, or reorganised in the future). Perhaps also of some note is the component of reusing, remixing and repurposing. Tech coaching for digital citizenship.

Digital Citizenship

Digital safety, privacy, copyright & legal. Digital literacy and fluency. Digital habits of learning. Digital etiquette and respect. DC Curriculum. Digital Divide.

Always on. We are all guilty of it. Head down buried in a phone while another life moment passes us by or distracted by the buzz of our phone in our pockets or on a table during a conversation. This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing. “It kind of, almost, promotes you as a good person. Adapt. Fast. — Modern Learning. Adapt. Fast. 10 steps technology directors can take to stay relevant SmartBlogs. The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete.

Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Stop Saying Technology is Causing Social Isolation — Digital Culturist. Rise and Shine! How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation. These days, your online presence is your resume.

It’s also the best way to promote your personal and professional brand. 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] The Real Me. Participate Learning: #whatisschool 1 April 2016. The Power of Audience. I love YouTube. The Remix Society – Betchablog. Byte Sized Potential. The Greatest Risk for Content Curators — Content Curation Official Guide. We Are Conflicted: It IS About the Technology — The Synapse. Steve Wheeler: Digital Learning Futures: Mind the Gap!

7 Sins. Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. Parents and Social Media. Tips for Choosing a Classroom Blog. How Can Tech Give Students “Ah-ha!” Moments? — Bright. How Can We Bring Teachers Along for the Ride? The Web We Need to Give Students — Bright. Sean Junkins sur Twitter : "Kids and Technology. #digcit... WiFi Swap. How to prepare for your digital afterlife - CNET. The Schoenblog: Why I Want My Students Using Social Media: Reason #1 - Community. The Schoenblog: Why I Want My Students Using Social Media: Reason #2 - Crowdsourcing & Connecting. The Schoenblog: Why I Want My Students Using Social Media - Reason #3: Sharing Our Awesome. 21 Amazingly Interesting YouTube Facts in 2016.

Web 2.0: cool tools for school. ETL523 Digital Citizenship in Schools. Why Blogging (Still) Matters.