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Lesson Ideas
These lesson plans were perhaps the most popular activity for last year's Digital Learning Day. The links provide a ready-made activity that you can use with your students on Digital Learning Day and beyond. You will see that each lesson includes a full lesson plan and a short video introduction from the Digital Learning Day teacher who submitted the lesson. If you plan to use a lesson on Digital Learning Day in your classroom or school, make sure to add this activity to our map. Visit the toolkits for more lesson plans, tools to use, and tips from teachers in specific areas! I Am Malala In this innovative lesson plan, students explore the power of social media in calling for change, while also improving their understanding of various cultures and social issues that impact other parts of the world. Video Introduction Lesson Plan Activity Rubric Inquiry-Based Research This great lesson has students practice online research skills by playing timed trivia games. Video Lesson Plan Related:  Internet Safety

Kids and Mobile Phones What age is appropriate for a kid to have a mobile phone? That's something for you and your family to decide. Consider your child’s age, personality, and maturity, and your family's circumstances. Is your child responsible enough to follow rules set by you and the school? When you decide your children are ready for a mobile phone, teach them to think about safety and responsibility. Phones, Features, and Options Decide on options and features for your kid's phone. Your mobile phone company and the phone itself should give you some choices for privacy settings and child safety controls. Be smart about smart phones. Many phones offer web access and mobile apps. Get familiar with social mapping. Many mobile phones now have GPS technology installed: kids with these phones can pinpoint where their friends are — and be pinpointed by their friends. Develop Cell Phone Rules Explain what you expect. Talk to your kids about when and where it's appropriate to use their cell phones. Set an example.

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netsmartz Click on the titles below to print age-appropriate activity cards. These activity cards are related to the online activities and easy to implement with few extra materials. Printable handouts are included. Parents may want to skim through the activities to get ideas for discussing Internet safety with their children. Primary (Ages 5-7) Bad Netiquette Stinks Students will learn the definition of netiquette and discuss the importance of having good manners online. Intermediate (Ages 8-10) Attitude Overdrive Students will watch the NSTeens video "Attitude Overdrive" and discuss what to do when they encounter "griefers" while playing games online.

Put on Six Thinking Hats Develop Critical and Creative Thinking Skills: Put on Six Thinking Hats® McAleer, F. F. Franny F. Indiana University of Pennsylvania “PUT ON YOUR THINKING HAT!” Thinking is the foundation for listening, speaking, reading and writing. Six Thinking Hats® is an internationally recognized tool to teach thinking in all content areas. “The teachers and students were captivated and involved with the Six Hats®. Teresa Davis, Coordinator of Gifted Services, Peoria Unified School District, Phoenix, AZ The impact of Six Hats® and stories from teachers and educational leaders who use them will be the focus of this journal article. The Six Hats® are described in this section and provide a basis for learning and applying them to your curriculum. FACTS, INFORMATION, DATA, RESEARCH NEEDED. What are the facts about … What do you need or want to know about … FEELINGS, HUNCHES, EMOTIONS, INTUITION. What are your feelings about ___? CAUTION, RISKS, JUDGMENT. BENEFITS, GOOD, VALUE, STRENGTHS. What if ...?

DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH | Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media How to Help Students Create a Positive Digital Footprint Children today are more tech savvy than previous generations and have digital footprints from increasingly earlier ages. Many parents “share” their children online before they are even born, through pregnancy updates and sonograms. Some parents post status updates about their child’s milestones, grades, sports, and activities. According to online security firm AVG in a 2012 study, 81% of U.S. children have a digital footprint before age two. But how can we keep this online imprint positive? Importance of a positive digital footprint: It’s difficult for children to consider their long-term future, like a college acceptance or job opportunities, but as adults we know how vital a first online impression will be. Kids are creating a digital footprint if they are participating on social media. Whether you are a parent or an educator, here are 3 things to consider when teaching children to create a positive digital footprint: 1. 2. 3.

Be a Good Digital Citizen: Tips for Teens and Parents Kids are the creators. It’s all about participating; communicating; making music, images, and videos; and posting written content. And the content that’s there? Kids must be able to know whether it’s credible or not.Everything happens in front of a vast, invisible, and often anonymous audience. Once something is out there, it lasts for a long time. Everything leaves a digital footprint.Information cannot be controlled. With Power Comes Responsibility In the video above, Omaha teens express what they love about their digital lives -- as well as what they struggle with. Digital Citizenship Tips for Teens For teens, we offer five simple rules of digital citizenship to help them create a world they can be proud of -- and inspire others to do the same. Think before you post or text -- a bad reputation could be just a click away. What goes around comes around. Spread heart, not hurt. Give and get credit. Make this a world you want to live in. Digital Citizenship Tips for Parents and Teachers

Kids and Socializing Online Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely. Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings. Applying real-world judgment can help minimize those risks. Remind Kids that Online Actions Have Consequences The words kids write and the images they post have consequences offline. Some of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you — or they — are comfortable with, even if privacy settings are high. Even if you delete the information from a site, you have little control over older versions that may exist on other people's computers and may circulate online. Tell Kids to Limit What They Share Tell your kids why it's important to keep some things — about themselves, family members, and friends — to themselves.

Anatomy of a Lesson Page Whether you're new to Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum or have been using it for years, this is a good time to refresh your knowledge of all that's offered within our lesson pages. There are a lot of new resources! What’s New: 1. Unit Assessments. 2. 3. Click on the image to enlarge it. Oldies but Goodies: 4. 5. 6. 7. Welcome Welcome to the mobile version of To enjoy the full digital literacy experience check out on a computer or tablet. 01 Defanged Find out how much is too much when it comes to sharing information online. 02 Digital Distraction Discover if you've become addicted to your digital devices and when you should put them away. 03 Annoyifications Texting and IM'ing has become the new way to communicate, but often things get lost in translation. 04 Scams Learn to identify the tell-tale signs of an online scam and what to look out for. 05 Counterfeit Goods Follow some simple advice when shopping online to ensure you receive the product that was pitched 06 Cite A Site Educate yourself on properly citing a site. Find out more about digital literacy and the partners behind this initiative.

Privacy: Now Everyone Knows It’s Easy to Permanently Save Images Shared via Snapchat If you haven’t heard by now at 100,000-200,000 images shared with “friends” using Snapchat were most likely stolen from a server and now being shared with the world on sites that do this type of thing. This report from Business Insider has details. Commentary by infoDOCKET Editor Gary Price Wait, I thought Snapchat images disappeared a few minutes after they’re viewed? Isn’t this one very likely reason people use the service in the first place? Well that’s what Snapchat wants (or at this pointed WANTED) you to believe. We’ve pointed out that Snapchat video and images could be saved permanently and without the person sending the video or image being aware of it in many presentations and on infoDOCKET for well over a year. On May 28, 2013, The Digital Shift posted, The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All” that we also shared on infoDOCKET. In April 2014 I made mention of being able to save Snapchat image permanently in a presentation I gave at a CNI conference.

Educators | Think Before You Link Today’s fast-paced world provides students with an increasing number of digital tools at their fingertips – both in school and at home. As a teacher, it’s important to make digital safety a priority in your classroom and ensure that your students know how to act safely, responsibly, and thoughtfully online. The Intel® Security Digital Safety Program gives you the resources you need to educate your students how to make smart and secure decisions online. Using the interactive curriculum resources below, you and your students will gain critical information on cybersafety, cybersecurity, and cyberethics. Cybersafety Help your students learn the basics of digital safety so they can make the right decisions when it comes to staying safe online. Cybersecurity It’s important to be cybersecure in order to keep devices and personal information safe from today’s online threats.