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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web
When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality. Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Educational institutions across the board are certainly embracing (or at least acknowledging) the digital revolution, adopting cutting-edge classroom technology and raising awareness about the perils and possibilities of the Internet.

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Master Your Online Presence with Alex Katzen (CLAS '12) - U.Va. Alumni, Parents & Friends Imagine if your future employers could see everything that you bring to the table. Okay, maybe not everything (thank you college), but all of the positive, constructive things you do on a daily basis; all of the news articles you read, the contacts you have, and any random interests. A resume is great and all, but for millennials, we need to showcase our talents in a whole new way.

Digital Compass....A Brand New Way To Teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship To Our Kids! Our friends at Common Sense Media have done it again! They have brought us something wonderful to use with our young people in grades 6th through 9th. It is called Digital Compass and it is an animated, choose-your-own-adventure online, educational game that lets our students explore digital literacy and citizenship situations in a meaningful and engaging way. As you can see from the picture above, Digital Compass has used characters to illustrate several different digital dilemma's such as.... Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Self-Image and Identity, Internet Safety & Privacy, Creative Credit & Copyright, Relationships & Communication, and more.

Privacy and Internet Safety Parent Concern Tap here for our Free App! Get all our media picks, personalized for your kids. No thanks Jump to navigation More Topics Privacy and Internet Safety Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself? It seems that a number of participants in my Digital Citizenship workshop imagined they’d be learning about cyber safety for three days! Is that what comes to mind for some people when they hear the term digital citizenship? Instead, we explored what it means to BE a digital citizen and, by the end of the workshop, every one of them had become an active contributor online, developing confidence to participate as thoughtful, active citizens themselves. Can you teach digital citizenship, if you are not an active digital citizen yourself?

What are you revealing online? Much more than you think What can be guessed about you from your online behavior? Two computer privacy experts — economist Alessandro Acquisti and computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck — on how little we know about how much others know. The best indicator of high intelligence on Facebook is apparently liking a page for curly fries.

Teaching digital citizenship across the whole curriculum By Dennis Pierce September 15th, 2015 Teaching digital citizenship as a “one-off event” doesn’t lead to changes in behavior, experts say When author and IT director Mike Ribble talks about the importance of teaching students appropriate online behavior, he likes to share a few eye-opening statistics. According to Common Sense Media’s study “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” the percentage of children ages eight and under who’ve used a mobile device nearly doubled from 2011 to 2013, from 38 percent to 72 percent. What’s more, about two in five children under the age of two have used a mobile device. “Kids are coming to school having already had some contact with technology,” said Ribble, who works for the Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District 383 in Kansas.

The 5 Golden Rules for Kids Online Safety April , 2014 The visual below from British Council features '5 golden rules' designed to help parents and carers help their children enjoy social media in a safe digital environment.The graphic also provides some interesting stats about kids social media usage. Here is a brief overview of these five golden rules 1- Show me Ask your child to show you the sites they use.2- Low profile Ask your child to set profile settings to private3-Just ask Ask your child about their online friends.4-Photo check Ask your child to only share photos that they wouldn't mind showing you first.5- Don't worry Ask your child to tell you if they are worried about something online. Check out the full graphic from British Council web page.

3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and IRL By Mike Ribble June 15th, 2015 Practicing empathy, offering assistance, and staying safe are good behaviors online and off Ed. note: Innovation In Action is a new monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education. Walk down the street, look around in a restaurant, or watch people waiting in line and you’ll notice how fully technology has become integrated into our daily lives. Views of technology and its place in society can be seen in movies, television, and cultural references. It has become such a part of what we do and who we are that it become to be defined as a sort of “digital” citizenship.

"Manners Matter" Digital Citizenship Tips [Infographic] Enjoy this useful infographic produced by Knowthenet called Manners Matter. And they do, especially when it comes to teaching students proper digital citizenship skills. Resources such as this are a terrific way to share what’s important about technology with today’s digital learners! Knowthenet is a digital citizenship organization that helps individuals, families and businesses get the most out of the Internet.

Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Home / Resources / Educators / Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools is a policy guide that was developed for school division officials to work with school administrators and teachers to help students build an understanding of safe and appropriate online behaviour. The guide offers: a roadmap for developing division wide digital citizenship policies and school-specific digital citizenship guidelines and procedures;tools and resources to support digital citizenship education; anda digital citizenship continuum for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. The Guide and Continuum:

In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better Than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a generally available course, offered through the Georgia Institute of Technology, called “Introduction to Psychology as a Science.” Some students chose to take it as a traditional MOOC, spending most of their time watching video lectures. Webwise: Further Collection of Resources There is a dazzling array of helpline and support websites with advice on internet safety available to parents online. A parent may well be at a loss to find a useful site so we’ve gathered some here that may of use. Internet Safety Help and Advice Make IT Secure ( – This Irish website provides information on how to protect your computer and how to safely enjoy the benefits of connecting to the internet. Kid Smart ( – is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children’s internet charity Childnet International. Wired Safety ( – Wired Safety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages.

Reflective Practice: Rethinking Digital Citizenship "Kids are growing up on a digital playground and no one is on recess duty." ~ @Kevin Honeycutt on Twitter I've been thinking a great deal about digital citizenship recently, not unusual considering my role as the Technology for Learning Coordinator for our school's primary section. One of my responsibilities is to map the technology integration that is taking place in our school. While this is quite straight forward for certain aspects of the curriculum, I've been struggling a bit with the digital citizenship piece. I recently had the privilege of facilitating a PYP digital citizenship workshop and thus an opportunity to examine this concept at some length. The acronyms teens really use on social media The reason for the apology stems from a story I wrote last year, "28 Internet acronyms every parent should know." "Wouldn't it be interesting to do a piece on the acronyms that teens are using across the Internet, especially on social media and apps, to help parents understand what, in fact, their kids are talking about?" I thought. I consulted existing lists of Internet acronyms and talked with Internet safety experts.