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The Carnegie Cyber Academy - An Online Safety site and Games for Kids. Edutopia. 8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning. Lurk to learn.

8 things Twitter savvy educators do to improve learning

“Lurking is learning,” Raleigh said. “The idea of lurking is that you’re watching, but you’re not necessarily engaging in the conversation. [I] don’t encourage you to lurk all the time; we have so much to learn and everyone’s voice is important. But sometimes it’s just nice to see what others are sharing and gather that information for yourself.” Take control of your school or district story. Don’t just jump on the bandwagon when it comes to the idea of edu-celebrities. Agree to disagree. Ensure your tweets reach stakeholders who don’t use Twitter. Don’t underestimate the value of a Twitter mentoring program. Model digital citizenship. 8 digital skills we must teach our children. The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating.

8 digital skills we must teach our children

The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment. Moreover, there is the digital age gap. So how can we, as parents, educators and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age?

Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators. I absolutely love it when teachers and students create, remix, and mash up media; it's a fantastic way to encourage deeper learning and media literacy.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Copyright and Fair Use for Educators

But one issue that complicates digital freedom of expression is copyright law. While many would argue that copyright law is outdated and badly in need of an overhaul, it's still critical that adults and kids alike have a basic understanding of what's legal and ethical while playing with other people's intellectual property. Here's a list of videos I collected to help you navigate the murky waters of copyright law in educational settings. Video Playlist: Understanding Copyright and Fair Use Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. Understanding "Fair Use" in a Digital World (06:14) This excellent video by Common Sense Media and Teaching Channel shows students evaluating video remixes during a lesson in fair use. View Materials. These short, hour-long activities allow you to try out CS First and introduce your students to computer science without committing to a complete 8-activity theme.

View Materials

They're perfect for special events such as Hour of Code or CSEdWeek, or as practice to help you familiarize yourself with CS First before starting a normal theme. High Seas Activity Sample CS First with "High Seas," an introductory activity designed for use in a classroom setting or at a conference, hackathon, or other event like Hour of Code. "High Seas" is a one-time, standalone activity and not part of a regular CS First theme, so it does not use or provide printed materials.

Club creation with usernames and passwords for students is optional. Try Now View Lesson Plans Gumball's Coding Adventure Sample CS First with "Gumball's Coding Adventure," an introductory activity based on Cartoon Network's Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Signal. " Try Now View Lesson Plans Storytelling Try Now View Lesson Plans. Pipl - People Search. Being a Connected Educator: Face to Face.

Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education.

Being a Connected Educator: Face to Face

It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. Learning should extend for teachers (and students!) Beyond the walls of a classroom and take outside perspectives into account. This can be done both through in-person experiences and online. Much of what is shared during Connected Educator Month is that of the online experiences, but it’s also important to remember the valuable relationships that we build face to face.

EdCamps If you’re unfamiliar with EdCamps, they are teacher-driven “unconference” events in which educators come together to talk about topics of interest and discover strategies and through discussion. Want to find an EdCamp in your area? EdCamp Spotlight: EdCamp NC Check out some photos from the event! MeetUps. Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence. Get Trained Use our professional development resources to learn best practices for teaching digital citizenship to your students.

Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence

Onboard Students: Digital Passport Introduce students in grades 3-5 to Digital Passport, our award-winning suite of games that help onboard students to the foundational skills of digital citizenship and Internet safety. Teach Lessons: Unit 1 Teach Lessons: Unit 2 5 - Picture Perfect How can photos be changed on the computer, and how can that affect your feelings about the way you look? 4Kids.org - Safe Surfing - COPPA & CIPA Laws. KidsPrivacy.org - From the Center for Media Education - A parent's guide to online privacy including terms and COPPA provisions. eSchool News online - The online edition of eSchool News - Article regarding deadlines and requirements for complacence with CIPA and E-rate funding.

4Kids.org - Safe Surfing - COPPA & CIPA Laws

Since its inception, the Web has provided a variety of information to its users. However, along with it have come sites that are inappropriate for children. The United States government has always been pressed to regulate the Internet. But doing so has a catch - when is it protecting children and when is it restricting free speech? The first federal law to address this issue was the Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The second federal law to address this issue was the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 (COPA). Enacted at the same time as COPA was the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA).