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Digital Citizenship and Literacy

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The Carnegie Cyber Academy - An Online Safety site and Games for Kids. 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. 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. 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 While many would argue that copyright law is outdated and badly in need of an overhaul, it's still critical that adults and kids alike have a basic understanding of what's legal and ethical while playing with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. 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 Stay Connected with Remind. 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? Teach Lessons: Unit 3. - Safe Surfing - COPPA & CIPA Laws. - 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. - 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). Do you have a favorite website for homework help?