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5 Ways You Should Integrate Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes

5 Ways You Should Integrate Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes
Recently, I was told by a teacher that she doesn’t have time to teach digital citizenship because she has to cover too many other content-specific standards. I get it... the Common Core-state tests-AP/IB/SAT/ACT madness eats up so much of our time. Still, there is no excuse for allowing students to enter into the digital world without a toolkit for not only safety but also success. Beyond that, there is such a wide range of options for truly integrating digital citizenship objectives that the argument given by teachers who claim a lack of time is simply unfounded. Here are a few ways we all can bring digital citizenship to our classrooms seamlessly. Digital Teaching Tip 1: Use an LMS Edmodo and Schoology are free learning management systems which provide teachers with platforms for discussions, resource sharing, grading, messaging and networking. Helping students develop their technology in the classroom Internet search... Here's how to motivate students by giving them choices. Related:  netiquetteTeaching Readings

Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education Overview We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like: YouTube’s policies How to report content on YouTube How to protect their privacy online How to be responsible YouTube community members How to be responsible digital citizens We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity. Lessons in English Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Or you can download the Full Teacher's Guide or the Full Set of Slides in PDF. Lessons in Additional Languages Below is a list of lessons and resources in additional languages beyond English: Learn more To learn more visit the Classroom videos page of this website, where you can find links to information on:

Do the Two Step to Protect Your Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box Files Cloud storage of files is one of my favorite aspects of the modern Internet. Cloud storage services make it easy to access all of my important files from any computer and most mobile devices. And for students cloud storage eliminates the I forgot my flashdrive excuse for not having an assignment ready for class. The potential problem with cloud storage, and any other online service for that matter, is having your account compromised. One way to make it more difficult for your account to be compromised is to enable two-step authentication. Two-step authentication for a Google account requires entering a verification code that Google sends to your cell phone. If you're a Dropbox user you can activate two-step authentication for your account. Other than Google Drive, Box has become my favorite cloud storage service over the last few months.

How to Use Internet – How to Use Mac – How to use PC As in all public places, there are certain generally accepted rules for behaviour and etiquette on the Internet. It is important for both adults and children to know these rules, and we recommend parents to make sure that their children follow the rules in all their online activities. Guidelines for netiquette Follow the same rules for good behaviour as you do in real life. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Remind yourself that there is a person on the other end of your message. Use emoticons As a way of dealing with the fact that it is difficult to express emotions, intentions or tone of voice using text, early Internet users invented emoticons. Some emoticons: :-) Happy or facetious ;-) Winking smile :-( Sad or “I’m sorry” :-| Stern face, ambivalent :-o Surprised or worried :-x Silent :-p Poke tongue (usually as a joke) Emoticons are simple and fun to use, and help communicate humour and sarcasm. Some nasty acronyms: WTF – What the f***? BBC - WebwiseAsk Bruce!

Teacher PD: Using Differentiated Instruction to Teach Differentiated Instruction We have all been there...sitting in the classroom of a professional development workshop or in the audience at a conference, listening to someone talk about engaged, student-centered, action-based, pers We have all been there...sitting in the classroom of a professional development workshop or in the audience at a conference, listening to someone talk about engaged, student-centered, action-based, personalized, differentiated (I'm sure I am missing several other descriptors) learning. It is a rare treat when we are actually thrown into such learning in those experiences. I've been working with teachers at our school to further personalize the learning for each student, and this prompted me to attempt a differentiated model PD lesson on differentiated instruction. I think this way, we can experience it as a learner and gain tools to use in our classrooms. Here are a few ideas on how you can make the most of your summer vacation away... The Many Paths of Learning Tier 1 Ground Level Basics:

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them. This is definitely not the right thing to do particularly if you want to leverage the huge potential of technology into your classroom.There is, however, a simple roudabout to this problem. Look for educational technology blogs ( such as the one you are reading now ) and subscribe to their feeds to stay updated about the latest web tools to use in your instruction. 1- A List of The Best Video Editing Tools for Teachers 2- A List of The Best Digital Story Telling Tools for Teachers

Harvard Education Letter Volume 27, Number 5September/October 2011 By DAVE SALTMAN Turning Digital Natives into Digital Citizens, continued Turning Digital Natives into Digital Citizens Today’s K–12 students are commonly called “digital natives” because they have grown up with digital technology. Now, educators are teaching digital natives how to become good digital citizens. This is an excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter.

Free Technology for Teachers Teaching Netiquette to Kids What is the “right” age for youngsters to begin texting and using social media? As the Mom of two elementary school-aged daughters and an educator on girl bullying, I field this question from parents all of the time. Truly, there is great debate on the subject among professionals, along with a whole lot of hand-wringing by parents. As with most aspects of child-rearing, there isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline for starting to use social media or texting. So, while I do not offer black and white answers to parents as far as “right ages,” what I do offer are suggestions for teaching kids how to use technology in ways that reflect family values and respect the dignity of their peers. 1. If you wouldn’t say something to a person’s face, don’t send it via text or the internet. 2. Don’t gossip about other people while you are online. 3. What happens in cyberspace stays in cyberspace—forever! 5.

3 Ways To Create a Differentiated Learning PD Menu There is no need to explain why teachers should have the same benefit of differentiated learning as students do. Fundamentally, most people agree with the idea, but for some reason the differentiated professional development experience seems more the exception than the rule. Here are three juicy options to give teachers what they’re craving. Appetizer: Pick Strategically, Not Randomly Pre-assessments and formative assessments are critical to the DI experience. 1.) what teachers know Here are a few ideas on how you can make the most of your summer vacation away... So let’s look at a few simple teaching strategies teachers can use to take... Here's how you can implement gamification into your classroom. Here are a few ways to bring technology in the classroom safely and responsibly. Here are a few end of the year activities and tips that you can share with... 2.) what they are really interested in learning 3.) how they learn Main Dish: Pick Doing, Not Talking 1.) listening/watching presentations

Using Dropbox in the Classroom When I mention Dropbox to friends and colleagues, I usually get one of two responses – a knowing smile and nod, or a puzzled and quizzical look. Whether you know what the program is, you have likely heard the name. But really, what is Dropbox? Dropbox is many things — a multifaceted tool that’s so powerful, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use it. But the short and sweet of it is this: you can use it to store and sync documents and files across computers, tablets, and smart phones. How Dropbox works So, how can you use Dropbox as an educator? Additionally, many applications that you likely use (Evernote, Things, 1Password, Elements, to name a few) have a Dropbox sync option. Using Dropbox with students In addition to making your life a lot easier, Dropbox can be a great teaching/learning tool – and this is why I introduce it to my students. You can call this folder anything. Next, you will get the window shown below. Once you have invited students, this becomes a “Shared Folder.”

Are We Ready to Stop Labeling Ourselves Digital Immigrants? The story: I had to see a new orthopedist this past week for an old knee injury. He pulled up my records from the referring physician and looked at them with me on his very large computer screen. Then, I was sent to imaging since he wanted to take a look inside my knee. Before I arrived back in his office, he had the images on the screen looking at them. We looked at them together and he pointed out and circled using touch technology some torn cartilage and a narrowing channel of bone. He asked where I’d had a prior MRI and within seconds was looking at seven-year old images from another hospital outside of his network. Learning Space in the UVA Medical School We talked about the new learning studio in the UVA medical school that’s been featured recently in the social media world. This is the world we live in. I’ve stopped buying the argument of digital natives versus digital immigrants as a rationale for why we boomers can’t learn to use new technologies.

My Resource Cloud Cybersafety advice and Help for Parents So you got naked online - managing sexting with your teen The issue of teenagers sending inappropriate or explicit photos can be a confronting issue for parents. But it’s not the end of the world. Take control and find out more about sexting.Read more » Parents' guide to online safety The Parents’ Guide to Online Safety is a practical, quick reference guide to a number of common cybersafety issues and how to manage them.Read more » Help me now! What are parental controls? Parental control tools help parents monitor and limit what their children do online. Cybersmart Parent Blog Seeking expert cybersafety opinion, or have a point of view? Join the discussion… Social Media Q&As To network or not to network... New social networks, apps and games are popping up every week. Find out more about... Chatterbox Has the digital world changed childhood forever or will kids always be kids regardless of changing environments?

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