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Edutopia. These days, social media gets a pretty bad rap. It seems like every other day there is a celebrity apology or a story about a teen who commits suicide due to cyberbullying. It's true, social media can breed some pretty awful stuff. And that awful stuff is great material for the digital citizenship unit that all of my school's incoming freshmen are expected to complete. Acceptable Use Our school is unique in Philadelphia in that it's one of the few public schools with a 1:1 program that allows students to take devices home. We give our students access to the world, and with that access comes a lot of responsibility. As such, it's vital that, from the beginning, we prepare students to use caution and be thoughtful when using their laptops.

Let's face it -- teenagers are on social media in school and out of school, even if their parents have told them they can't be, and even if the school has rules about being on phones during school hours. Always Learning. Edutopia. Considering how ubiquitous smartphones and tablets have become, especially in high school and middle school, questions about managing use and educating students about digital etiquette are on a lot of educators' minds. This October, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship Week from October 16 to October 22. And we wanted to pull together some of the best resources to help educators talk about digital responsibility and safety online.

Here, you'll find resources that cover today's digital landscape, ideas for student activities, and strategies for engaging parents. There are plenty of valuable resources for educators and parents to share, but here are six of my favorites: Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for K-12: Common Sense Media’s interactive curriculum offers something for every grade level. Check out the "Scope & Sequence" tool to find the perfect lesson for your classroom. More Resources From Edutopia. Edutopia. Studies suggest that many U.S. students are too trusting of information found on the internet and rarely evaluate the credibility of a website’s information. For example, a survey found that only 4 percent of middle school students reported checking the accuracy of information found on the web at school, and even fewer did so at home (New Literacies Research Team & Internet Reading Research Group, 2006). At the same time, the web is often used as a source of information in school projects, even in early schooling, and sites with inaccurate information can come up high in search rankings.

Shenglan Zhang and I thought that we could help address this situation by laying a foundation for website evaluation in elementary school. In particular, we wanted to: To achieve these aims, we developed the WWWDOT Framework. Who wrote it and what credentials do they have? In teaching WWWDOT, we elaborate on each of these factors. In the study, the WWWDOT Framework was taught in four 30-minute sessions. Edutopia. Edutopia. Edutopia.

Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room. " Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course? If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners.

Selecting the Right Tool Readiness Interests. Edutopia. Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true? ☐ Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. But what if they become pen pals with strangers and share private information with them? What if their letter gets lost in the mail and the wrong person opens it? The Social Media Answer ☑ There's one form of writing that can arguably get someone fired, hired or forced to retire faster than any other form of writing. One form of writing is that powerful.

If you guessed social media, you're right. The Social Media Myth The myth about social media in the classroom is that if you use it, kids will be Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting while you're trying to teach. You don't even have to bring the most popular social media sites into your classroom. 12 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom Right Now. Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency. An acceptable use policy is a document that is present in every school district around the country. The purpose of this policy is to provide safe parameters for exploring digital resources and using school-issued devices properly. It also ensures that schools do their very best to block out the darkest corners of the web.

And while these policies are effective and required, they have not evolved in their semantics. From Acceptable to Empowered Within the development of these school-wide policies, several shifts need to happen. My observation about the need for a semantic shift, probably one of the biggest shifts requited, reflects how acceptable use policies are interpreted by students. Essentially, these policies read more like a legal document rather than a document that students can understand and carry out. Some districts have started implementing responsible digital use guidelines or empowered digital use policies. Health, Wellness, and Information.

The Teacher's Cheat Sheet For Edmodo. What if you could have your own private and secure social network just for your classroom? What if it resembled Facebook but, well, it wasn’t as focused on making money by having you click on ads? What if that kind of technology already existed and that it’s being used by thousands of teachers around the world?

Did I just blow your mind? Am I asking too many rhetorical questions? Yes? There is a social network designed just for your classroom and it’s called Edmodo. Where should you get started then? This sheet walks you through the very basics of Edmodo down to the more advanced features. Source: The Interact Cafe. The Teacher's Cheat Sheet For Edmodo. Social media: like the staffroom, but without all the negativity | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional. I once heard someone describe Twitter as, "like the staffroom but without all the negativity". This resonated with me. Teaching is one of those professions where everyone has an opinion on how it should be done; teachers are often harangued for short working hours and long summer holidays, and whenever things go wrong in schools it makes national headlines.

But very rarely do you see good practice being celebrated. This negativity – and the pressures of the job – quickly seep into the staffroom and it can be difficult to stay motivated. I once heard Dr. Anne Looney, chief executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Ireland, talk about Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan's book, Professional Capital.

One thing she said stuck with me: "if you have high professional capital but are surrounded by others with low professional capital, you will be brought down by them. " I came to teaching later in my working life – I was 30 years old when I started. 5 Amazing Ways To Collaborate With Another Class. “Ms. Clark, when are we going to do that again?” Nothing makes me happier as an educator than hearing those words – and lately, I have been hearing them a lot! It is not the question, as much as the look on the faces of my students, that I enjoy the most. It’s the inspiring glow of engagement and enthusiasm plus the fire in their eyes that makes me want to keep trying new projects. As we began our journey, some of our classes had 1:1 iPads, but others did not. If collaboration is something that interests you – and it should - here are five easy and highly engaging ways you can begin (or even improve) your journey. 1. If you have not heard of a Mystery Skype yet – stop what you are doing and read this amazing blog post by a really innovative educator Craig Badura ( @mrbadura ) from Nebraska.

In this scenario, kids get to apply and use geographical knowledge, critical thinking, and the skill of deduction. Tip: The world is your oyster with this type of project. 2. 3. 4. 5. A final note. This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media. All of us old-ish folks that didn’t grow up with hand held technology from the time we were just getting into big-kid beds sometimes ponder that children now enter the online world at a much younger age than we did.

They’ll never have to deal with a corded telephone or wait for someone to send them snail-mail (or, as I so blandly knew it to be called, “mail). This handy infographic takes a look at the effects that the digital age is having on younger minds and offers insight into how teens are using social media. Keep reading to learn more. Tim Cope: Hangout from Kharkhiraa-Turgen Mountains of Mongolia. Skype in the classroom - Skype in the classroom. 7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Sharing Photos Online. Digital citizenship is one of the big things we talk about on Edudemic . It’s basically being a good person online. Being a good person involves a lot more than just not spamming or trolling, mind you. It involves keeping yourself and your friends safe. One of the biggest ways to do that is to know about these questions to ask yourself before sharing photos online. This must-have flowchart from Common Sense Media lays it all out in an easy-to-read format.

It wants you to ask yourself what you think the right thing to do is after taking a photo of a friend. First off, it starts with a simple question: is it a good photo? The following steps should make you think and perhaps even rethink how you act online. Click here to download a printable PDF of this poster. How To Effectively Use The Top 4 Social Networks. Have you ever wondered why you need to be a member of the top 4 social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the whole host of other social networking sites that your friend invite you to be a part of?

Maybe you should only join Facebook. Or maybe Google+ would be the better option. Doesn’t everyone end up connected in all of the same places anyway? Well, the short version of the answer is no. But this handy infographic takes a look at who is using which social networks and for what. Think of it as a handy guide to which social network is best for doing what and when. 10 Simple Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network. Getting online is easy. Finding a few resources is relatively easy. Finding useful (and real) people who can truly benefit your learning is quite difficult. That’s probably why there is such a big need for teachers, administrators, and even students to have a personal learning network (PLN). Whether it’s strictly online or a mixture of both in-person and online is not important. Whatever works best for you is what works best. Simple as that. With that in mind, I decided to offer up a few tips for anyone looking to build or enhance a PLN .

Below is a listing of what you see in the visual in case you’re looking for the text version. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 80 Time-Saving Social Media Shortcuts. How To Effectively Use The 10 Biggest Social Networks. If you use a few different social networks, you know that there are some key differences to each. For example, some are checked out by the ol’ Google search engine robots on a regular basis (Flickr, YouTube) while others are basically ignored by Google (Twitter, most of Reddit). So these social media tips should help you out if you’re a blogger, have a startup, or are simply looking to become a bigger presence online. The below guide from Magic Logix runs through all the biggest social networks and details 4 tips for each one. So these 40 tips are incredibly helpful bite-size nuggets of knowledge beneficial to just about everyone.

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5 Reasons We Use Social Media. Edmodo: Social Collaboration For Teachers - Education - Instructional. Edmodo's rapidly growing network of teachers, students and education technology publishers are helping it develop into a free learning management system. 12 Open Educational Resources: From Khan to MIT (click image for slideshow) Is Edmodo Facebook for education? Yes and no. Much as enthusiasts for Jive or Yammer hesitate to embrace the "Facebook for the enterprise" label because of the potential implication of frivolity, the teachers and school systems who have learned to love Edmodo hesitate to describe it as a social network. It is, sort of, but that's only part of what it is. Sure, there's a nod to Facebook in the blue background color scheme and the layout organized around a central news feed. Having led the coverage of social software for The BrainYard before being assigned to InformationWeek Education, I've been curious to see how much that movement has connected with education.

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