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LEAP Learning Framework – For Personalized Learning FOSI GRID Common Sense Media This nonprofit provides rating information for parents and kids on a wide variety of topics including movies, TV shows, book, games, websites and music. The rating system allows parents to make informed choices on the types of media that their children consume. Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee CICAC is a diverse group of public interest, nonprofit and industry groups working to inform policymakers and the public on important Internet-related policy issues and provide a forum for debate on these issues. ConnectSafely This organization, based in California, aims to educate parents and children on how to stay safe online and how to use new technologies in a safe and responsible way. Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) CoSN is a professional association for school district technology leaders. Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) CTIA Wireless Foundation Cyberbullying Research Center CyberSmart! Darkness to Light Enough is Enough

Coding for Kindergarteners Last year at this time, I was trying not to think about kindergarteners. I was still teaching ninth grade English and had just accepted a job teaching technology to K-5. I was excited about the challenge, and I knew that I'd bitten off more than I could chew. Developing the tech curriculum challenged me to teach programming or at least computational thinking at each elementary grade level. Our school is mid-pivot in technology -- we're in our second year of a middle school 1:2 iPad program, our first year of having a cart of iPads available for elementary, and our last year of two PC labs for the students to use (next year we'll have only one lab). Challenges and Resources I was really excited when I was introduced to the apps Daisy the Dinosaur and Hopscotch. With these apps, I was confident that I had a good entry point for grades 1 and 2. I'm happy to report that, my own surprise, the first challenge has been met. Practical Tips for the Early Grades The Power of Pairs Kodable Pro

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus | Help How You Can Help Here are a few things that you can do to help save the Pacific Northwest tree octopus: Posters motivate the citizenry to action! Write your representatives to let them know that you are concerned and that you feel the tree octopus should be included on the Endangered Species List and given special protection.Write to celebrities asking them to speak out on behalf of the tree octopus during press junkets and award shows.Help build awareness of the tree octopus by telling your friends, co-workers, or even random people on the streets.Place a tentacle ribbon on your website or social media.Participate in tree octopus awareness marches. Past Activism: Activities: Provide food and shelter for tree octopuses with our Tree Octopus Activities...

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2017 The 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. Gone but Not Forgotten The following sites have closed, reorganized, or become pay-based since being recognized as an AASL Best Website: The Learnia (Digital Storytelling)

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017 Touchcast Studio by Touchcast Level: Middle School + Platform: iOS Website Touchcast is truly “a TV studio in your hands.” Quick Tip: The companion External Camera App turns your iPhone into an additional camera to feed video into the TouchCast Studio App on your iPad. US Digital Literacy | US Digital Literacy 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. Here, you'll find resources that cover today's digital landscape, ideas for student activities, and strategies for engaging parents. Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for K-12: Common Sense Media’s interactive curriculum offers something for every grade level. More Resources From Edutopia

15 Top Resources On Digital Citizenship for 2014 A lot of the facts you teach your students will be long forgotten by the time they reach graduation, but the hope is that the practical lessons — the ones that can benefit them for years to come — are the ones that will stick. Digital citizenship is something that can equip students for a lifetime of safe, responsible Internet use. How can you mold your students into stand-up digital citizens? Use these resources to help you plan your lessons. Ready-Made Lesson Plans to Launch Learning About Digital Citizenship Image via Flickr by hackNY Ready-made lesson plans about digital citizenship can serve as the perfect launchpad for discussing this topic in class. In honor of Digital Citizenship week, Edutopia put together a list of the latest and best resources to help educators bring digital citizenship awareness to their classrooms. Engaging Games to Promote Digital Citizenship Furthering the Discussion Middle and high school students are at great risk when they enter cyberspace.

10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News April 15, 2017 A few days ago we shared with you a new Google feature that allows you to easily fact check online content. Today, we are sharing with you 10 good tips that will enable you to critically assess the veracity and credibility of online content (e.g. news stories). These are guidelines Facebook Help Centre provided for it users to help them spot fake news. However, these tips can also apply to any other type of content. Students can use them to evaluate digital content and enhance their critical reading comprehension.

Why Our Learners Need Media Literacy in a Transforming World Media literacy has become a more important consideration in our children’s futures than ever. It behooves educators to be familiar with media’s role in our changing world. Media is here to stay as a main component of how society shares information across a vast population quickly. When importance is given to finding and harnessing ways that students learn best, the modern teacher benefits as much as students. Twitter, Facebook, and various news sites keep us up to date in real time. Media literacy helps us take vast amounts of data and compile them into immediately understood presentations. With these points to keep in mind, let’s examine how Media Fluency can make sense of the waterfall of images, videos, and text in the digital world. Listen—Listening is about measuring the effectiveness of messages being communicated by media. Listen How do we understand a particular media message? Leverage Do we fully understand our intended audience?

24 Google Docs Hacks That Make Your Life Easier [Infographic] via eLearning Infographics Twenty years ago, collaborating with people in real-time over the internet seemed unfathomable. Now we do it every day with the click of a button. Google Docs has various interesting features that can immensely enhance your productivity level as a teacher and educator. With these hacks you no longer have to manually go through a document and look for duplicates or change the capitalization structure letter by letter. You can also download the Google Doc phone application to easily view documents when you’re on the go. Staying organized is the key to managing your workload and optimizing your time, and these easy, actionable tips are sure to help you do just that. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics