Howard Gardner, GoodPlay Project Explore Ethical Decision-Making Online Earlier this fall, Howard Gardner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education led a panel of experts, teens, teachers, and students in a town hall discussion, “Shaping Our Digital World: You Have the Power” at Brookline High School. The discussion focused on the ethical decisions that arise for today’s youth while growing up online. Panelists also encouraged youth to actively change the ‘digital world’ they live in. “In our digital era, many of our institutions need to be refashioned,” Gardner said.
What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship The greatest software invented for human safety is the human brain. It's time that we start using those brains. We must mix head knowledge with action. In my classroom, I use two essential approaches in the digital citizenship curriculum that I teach: proactive knowledge and experiential knowledge. Proactive Knowledge
The Finnish Computerized Matriculation Exam System Matriculation Exam Before the Finnish high school (upper secondary school) students matriculate (get their high school diploma) they will take part to the Matriculation Exam. They have to pass the exam at least in four subjects. Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it's the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from "netiquette" to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. It's an overwhelming array of skills to be taught and topics to explore.
3 Big Rules Your Kids May Be Breaking Online For those of us who grew up with dial-up modems, it can be hard to understand what the digital age is like for today's kids. Access to information is literally at their fingertips. But easy access reduces the time it takes to think through your actions -- and makes it easier to do not-so-great things. Like copying other people's work and calling it your own. Tool or Weapon? Addressing Cyberhate in the Classroom One of the most newsworthy incidents this summer was the tragic murder of nine African American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect in the crime, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, is a white man who was known to be heavily influenced by online white supremacist hate speech, most notably from the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that now functions primarily as an Internet clearinghouse for racial fear-mongering "news" stories. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Konner Sauve, an 18-year-old high school senior, made headlines in June when he revealed that he was behind the yearlong anonymous posting of 650 photos and kind messages to other students at East Valley High in Yakima, Washington. Sauve said, "I wanted to focus on the better aspects of people.
80 Interesting Ways To Use Google Forms In The Classroom 80 Interesting Ways To Use Google Forms In The Classroom by TeachThought Staff When you think of innovative, edgy, compelling uses of technology, Google Forms isn’t exactly the first thing that leaps to mind. While you’d probably prefer a piece of hardware that’s affordable, easy to use, and mobile that allows students to direct their own mastery of content in peer-to-peer and school-to-school learning environments, for now you just might have to settle for a spreadsheet. No, wait. Come back.
What do ClimateGate, Tiger Woods, and Michael Phelps have in common? This is the question that I posed to my 7th and 8th grade classes over the last several days. I told them that they would have to use their inference skills and think about the framework of the class – technology – in order to come up with their answer. They worked in relatively arbitrary groups of 4-8, and had to spend a minimum of 5 minutes actually thinking through their answers. Most groups took closer to 10 minutes to formulate their thoughts. Here are a few of the discussions that came out of it all. Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!) Forget the glue sticks, markers and magazines to cut for pictures. Create interactive posters with Google Drawings with links and Creative Commons photos. Here’s how! (Google Drawing created by Matt Miller … feel free to click through to check it out!) Students have created posters in so many classes for so many years. They’re visual, eye-catching and chock full of information.
Internet Safety: Rules of the Road for Kids When we were growing up, a permanent record was something your school kept. Now, our kids create lasting records of their lives whenever they post something online. In a world where anything can be copied, pasted, altered and distributed in the blink of an eye to a vast invisible audience, kids must understand that they hold the key to what kind of reputation they create for themselves. Help kids help themselves Nine Elements of digital citizenship Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology.
Harper's plagiarized speech makes worldwide headlines The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, October 1, 2008 10:39AM EDT Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 9:11PM EDT TORONTO - The most recent election campaign drama to unfold in Canada is getting international airtime on news websites from the United States to Australia. Media outlets including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews, the BBC, International Herald Tribune and the International Business Times have all picked up on a story detailing how an aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper plagiarized a speech in 2003 from then Australian leader John Howard. Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae first made the allegations at an address in Toronto on Tuesday where he released transcripts and video highlighting striking similarities and even nearly verbatim passages common to the two speeches in support of the war in Iraq.
Free Google Apps Admin Tools: Reporting, Monitoring, Calendar Restore Undelete for Google Calendar Have you ever accidentally deleted an event from your Google calendar? Or, for that matter, a whole string of events? It’s maddening to know that you dutifully scheduled a meeting, a call or an appointment with a key customer – only to have the details vanish. The only thing worse is actually missing an event as a result. Get Your Events Back (No Matter What Google Says)
Programs and Initiatives > Copyright > Copyright Information for Teachers Copyright in schools has changed Make sure you're in the know... Did you know that teachers can use “short excerpts” of copyright-protectedworks in their lessons? Did you know that, as a teacher, if you fail to follow the Fair Dealing Guidelines,you are at risk of copyright infringement – and you, your school, and your schoolboard can be held responsible for damages? To learn how changes to Canada's copyright law impact lesson planning and the use of copyright-protected works, teachers and school staff are encouraged to: