Global Digital Citizen Foundation 6 Sensational STEM Blogs for Your Students (and You) to Follow As STEM becomes more embedded in the educational consciousness, it's not surprising that more and more blogs on the subject are cropping up all over the Web. Teachers and students will always need tools, resources, and advice on the subjects that interest them. The... read more K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum Navigating cyberbullying, privacy, safety, and other digital dilemmas are a real challenge for schools. But technology also provides incredible opportunities for students to learn, connect, create, and collaborate in ways never before imagined. Your school can build a positive school culture that supports the safe and responsible use of technology with Common Sense Education's K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.
How to Determine Website Credibility [Rubric] Our World Wide Web is a living, breathing, and constantly expanding phenomenon. We often wonder how much information is being produced, and infographics like this one from Domo can give us a fairly solid visual idea of what’s being created and uploaded regularly. Personally, we think Mitchell Kapor said it more eloquently than anyone: “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” This rapid exponential growth of information across the Web makes it all the more difficult to assess the credibility of our sources. As teachers of critical thinking skills, it’s important for us to provide guidelines for students to use when searching for content to use in their projects. Whether for citations or research, our students need a strong grasp of Information Fluency for use in determining website credibility.
Upper Elementary Assembly (bullying, cyberbullying, Internet use) Our upper elementary assembly is designed for students in grades 3-5 who need a general introduction to the safe and responsible use of technology. Students will learn what to do if they are being mistreated at school or online, or if they see something bad happening to one of their friends. Students are encouraged to communicate with adults that they trust about what they are doing and seeing online. General safety principles are covered, including: (1) don’t meet anyone in real life who you only know online without your parent present, (2) don’t share passwords with friends, (3) don’t say mean things to others online, even if they say mean things to you, and many others. Students are also encouraged to use technology, because it is great and fun and educational!
Caitlin Haacke Positive Post It Day TEDxTeen TED Talk Caitlin Haacke was selected to give a talk at TEDxTeen, a conference where young men and women speak about their simple ideas that make a big impact. After her talk, Teen Vogue caught up with Caitlin, creator of Positive Post-It Day, to learn about how she used acts of kindness to combat bullying. Click to watch her talk above, then read her tips for spreading positivity below. Bully Stoppers New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook Released New Stop Bullying iBook ReleasedNew Stop Bullying iBook Released
Cyber Safety / Digital Citizenship Digital Footprints and Digital Citizenship DEFINITION of Digital Footprint: A word used to describe the trail, traces, or "footprints" that people leave online. Digital life is both public and permanent. Everything we do online creates digital footprints that migrate and persist. Something that happens on the spur of the moment - a funny picture, an angry post - can resurface years later. And if we aren't careful, our reputations can be harmed.
The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act: What schools should know The wording of the new act says it: “provides rights owners with a special regime for taking enforcement action against people who infringe copyright through file sharing” It is quite specific because it only applies to infringing material (protected by copyright) which is uploaded or downloaded via file sharing applications or networks. There are two concepts there – first, the material has to be infringing, second the infringing material has to be file shared. What does “infringing” mean? The copyright owner has the exclusive right to copy, play, share , distribute or adapt that work, or to permit anyone else to do it.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum – Know your web – Good to Know – Google At Google we believe in the power of education and the promise of technology to improve the lives of students and educators -- leading the way for a new generation of learning in the classroom and beyond. But no matter what subject you teach, it is important for your students to know how to think critically and evaluate online sources, understand how to protect themselves from online threats from bullies to scammers, and to think before they share and be good digital citizens. Google has partnered with child safety experts at iKeepSafe, and also worked with educators themselves to develop lessons that will work in the classroom, are appropriate for kids, and incorporate some of the best advice and tips that Google's security team has to offer. Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth In this class, students will identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.
Cyberbullying Toolkit An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators This free toolkit has the resources schools need to take an effective stand against cyberbullying. Rely on it to start your year off right. Each occurrence of cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture and community. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say?
Can I download music and videos from YouTube? Am I breaking copyright law? Educators please note: we have now published practical advice for schools using YouTube videos to expand upon the educational exemptions of the NZ Copyright Act. New Zealand’s copyright laws were updated on the 1st September 2011 with the introduction of the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011. The wording of the new Act says it: Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators 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.
5 Email Etiquette Tips for Students - Some for Teachers Too One of my pet peeves is receiving an email that from someone that just launches into a request without stopping to address me by name. For years I have told students that I won't reply to emails if they don't write "Hi Mr. Byrne" or something similar to start their emails. Many of my colleagues have similar policies, I'm sure that many of you do too. Using your recipient's name is one of five good email etiquette tips for students featured in the video embedded below. The video above was created by Yolanda McCarthy and her colleague Mrs.