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Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship. As we continue to move forward into this age of explosive technology use, educators and families must find ways to teach children how to use their phones, tablets, and computers ethically, responsibly, and wisely.

Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship

Our anxiety increases with every case of cyberbullying or identify theft reported on the evening news. How do adults, many of whom struggle to keep up with each new tech innovation, teach students the skills they urgently need to use technology for good and not ill? First, we need to be proactive and educate ourselves. Help is available for educators who want to strengthen their own knowledge about Internet safety. Google has a wonderful, free, self-paced digital citizenship and safety course for educators, as part of their MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offerings for teachers. The next step is to take advantage of the wealth of existing curriculum, engaging activities, and games that will not only increase our students’ understanding of digital citizenship but will also be. Coloring Pages and Benefits.

New Year Means New Books! - Lessons by Sandy. Jan 04, 2014 • Leave a comment It’s almost time to go back to school, so I’ve been thinking about a fun activity to do with the kids to ease back into school.

New Year Means New Books! - Lessons by Sandy

As usual, I have a large order of books that came in right before we left for Winter Break. You know what that means, right?! It’s a perfect time to do another Book Tasting! I created some table signs at the beginning of the year when I did our Bluebonnet Book Tasting. Then, I’ll display all the new books on the tables, and allow students their entire library time to go explore new books. I also created this fun bookmark so that they can write down titles of at least 4 new books that they would like to read in the new year. If you’d like copies of this activity, you can get them here at TpT or Teacher’s Notebook. What kinds of activities are you doing for the New Year?

Book Tasting Events in the Library - Lessons by Sandy. In Texas, students in 3rd-6th grade can participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program.

Book Tasting Events in the Library - Lessons by Sandy

Each year, 20 books are selected by a committee, and students are encouraged to read them. By January, students who have read or heard at least 5 of these books are able to vote for their favorite, and then sometime in February, the winner is announced. In our district, we also hold a “Battle of the Bluebonnets” in February where all elementary and middle schools compete in a whirlwind question-answer session to see which team really knows the 20 Bluebonnets. 16 Inspirational Quotes From Children's Literature. Happy School Librarian Day! Flashback: the school was in Far Rockaway, the decade was the ‘80s, and the librarian was Mrs.

Happy School Librarian Day!

Antosofsky… Our class visited the library once a week, sat in assigned seats, and learned the Dewey Decimal System and how to use the card catalog. It was a sunny room on the third floor, and it was my source for Nancy Drew and various other yellowing hardcover titles. However, half of my memories of the time I spent in Mrs. PBL in the Elementary Library. Words and phrases throughout the post in blue are links to handouts and other web pages.

PBL in the Elementary Library

After hearing about Project Based Learning (PBL), I decided it was time to step out of the center of the classroom and move the kids to the center (Follow #PBL on Twitter & check out these resources: Edutopia & BIE). The perfect opportunity presented itself with our Digital Citizenship unit of study. What better way to get students engaged in their own learning than to challenge them with problems that are relevant in their lives and that they are already attempting to manage on a daily basis? We're currently about midway through the process, and I have been reflecting and re-adjusting the whole way. After some bumps, I feel confident that we could do this again, with some modifications from the beginning. Starting with a question The Hook The Process. Learning.blogs.nytimes. Video and a related lesson plan from TEDEd.


How do you know if something you read is true? Why should you care? We pose these questions this week in honor of News Engagement Day on Oct. 6, and try to answer them with resources from The Times as well as from Edutopia, the Center for News Literacy, TEDEd and the Newseum. Although we doubt we need to convince teachers that this skill is important, we like the way Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project frames it in a post for Edutopia. As he points out, every teacher is familiar with “digital natives” and the way they seem to have been born with the ability to use technology. Rachel K Tutoring Blog - Providing resources for parents and teachers! Summer Goals Here is a list of my summer goals – both for business and personal!

Rachel K Tutoring Blog - Providing resources for parents and teachers!

If you’ve been around here you’ll know I love my lists. If you’re new, well now you know! This summer goals list is to keep myself accountable, but maybe you’ll like some of these ideas too for yourself. What are your summer goals? Business Goals Tutoring Summer is usually more of my busy season for tutoring, so I need to make sure I continue to stay organized. Summer Writing Prompts Try these 25 summer writing prompts to keep kids writing all summer long! 1. 2. 3. Don't Buy It. K-5 Library Media Center / One Book. Powell County Schools. Page. Where Do I Search?