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Mfortably 2.0: The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit

Mfortably 2.0: The Digital Citizenship Survival Kit
It's a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our K-8 #aurorahuskies students. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students. To me, it helps a student retain the lesson better. Let me introduce you to Mr. Here are the items I have in my "Digital Citizenship Survival Kit" and what each item represents: Padlock The padlock is to remind students to set strong passwords and to set up passcode locks on all of their digital devices. Toothbrush I tell students to think that passwords and toothbrushes are very similar in the fact that you NEVER want to share passwords. Permanent Marker Everything that you put online is permanent....even if you hit the delete button after posting. Toothpaste Imagine the information that you are putting online is like the toothpaste coming out of the tube. The survival kit is very simple. I would love to hear suggestions you might have to make my Digital Citizenship Survival Kit even better. Related:  Netiquette & Internet Safety

How The Best Web Tools Fit Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy There are some very popular tools and apps out there. We showcase a boatload of them here on Edudemic. But there’s been a growing trend of figuring out how to actually integrate all these together and how to effectively use the best web tools to enhance learning in the classroom. One of the most powerful visualizations to date has been the fabulous Padagogical Wheel (with an ‘a’ instead of an ‘e’) that shows how to integrate iPads into just about everything like SAMR and beyond. Now there’s a new visual guide that you should check out. It’s a pyramid that I spotted on Pinterest here . Creation I really like how you can easily tell which tools and apps work best on each level. Evaluating Next level down is evaluating which showcases one of my favorite learning resources: YouTube. Analyzing In the analyzing level, we see the Google Earth icon. Applying In the applying level, you can’t go wrong trying out Evernote in the classroom . Understanding Remembering

Comfortably 2.0: The "New and Improved" Digital Citizenship Survival Kit I have been thinking about some "new" items I could add to my original Digital Citizenship Kit that I created last year. Like I said in that blog post, I love using props when teaching. After some great conversations with the good wife @jenbadura on what I should include, I have come up with some new items to include in the survival kit. Yes, you can use this with your students! After I blogged about the original kit, I had a plethora of teachers email me or send me a tweet me asking if it was okay to use this idea at their school. Packet of Seeds Any packet of seeds will do for your kit. Plug In I used a six foot extension cord and cut it so that I have the male and female end together. Mirror Imagine having the mirror attached to your computer/device. Sheet of Paper One of the most powerful items in the kit. Magnifying Glass Remember when first impressions started with a handshake? Strainer The amount of information on the internet is amazing! Soap

Easy Ways to Improve Grammar and Writing Skills One of my frustrations as a junior high teacher is using classroom time to work on basic grammar skills. With NoRedInk, I can set up practice lessons for students specific to the needs I’ve pre-assessed. I can target certain skills for either the whole class or specific students. Students can then work on them at home or when time allows. Students can personalize the sentences by choosing topics of interest. If they miss something, NoRedInk will provide second-chances and tutorials. A teacher developed this site, and it is continually growing and improving. If you are a tablet user, consider Tap to Learn’s Grammar App HD (99¢), with over 200 tutorials and 1000 questions. CC Connection: Sites and applications such as these will allow students to address and master the ELA standards in Language, specifically Conventions of Standard English1.

Giving Student Choice with Digital Portfolios My grade one students each have their own blogs that are digital portfolios of their progress from the first week of school until the last one. On those blogs, they post writing, images, video and other artifacts that show what they have been learning. I’ve written (there is an entire chapter in my book) and talked before about digital portfolios, why we use them and how I use them for assessment. Recently, someone asked me about how I provide for choice in our portfolios. What a great question! Choice should an important part of digital portfolios, and I give my students as much choice as I can as soon as I can. At the beginning of the school year, as we are learning what it means to show our learning and possible ways to do this, there are fewer choices for the students, but as the year progresses and they become more independent, I turn the choice over to them more and more often. There are four kinds of posts on my students’ blogs: We all post a similar artifact. 3. - digital literacies toolkit Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed and developed by eLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students: explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general. Please use the buttons on the right for further information and to send us feedback. Technical requirements Some of the activities in the toolkit resources require headphones or speakers. Conditions of use If you are a student you may access and use these learning resources freely for the purpose of learning. The intellectual property rights in the Digital Literacies Toolkit shall at all times remain the property of the creators. User feedback Send us feedback Send your feedback

- Digital Footprint - Advice from the Experts at Tech Forum NY #TLTF14 0 Comments October 27, 2014 By: Lisa Nielsen Oct 26 Written by: 10/26/2014 1:23 PM ShareThis If students want to run for office, run a business, or change how things are run where they live, work, or play, they need to be savvy users of social media. Below is their advice. How can you ensure your students are well Googled by the time they graduate? Common Sense Media lessons. Explain the importance of professional development. Professional Development and teacher buy in is the key! What’s your advice for others who want to begin creating their own positive digital footprint? Begin looking at the online identity of others. Additional Resources: The experts: Jackie Patanio, Technology Coach, PS 16, The John J Driscoll School Darlynn Alfalfa, Teacher/Tech Coordinator, MS 167, Robert F. Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

CaldiesTandL: Calderstones School's 'Deep... Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices January 7, 2013 By: Emily A. Moore in Online Education If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news. However, chances are you’ll need to make extensive changes — both to your existing PowerPoint slides, and to how you deliver them. As concise as possible Organized logically (no skipping around) Relevant to the important concepts you’re trying to convey (as opposed to spending equal time on minor points or details) Rich with stories, personal examples, and/or examples that clarify and amplify the important concepts Primarily visual (very little text presented on any screen) Broken down into separate 2-7 minute recordings, each based around a single concept Unfortunately, there’s no quick and easy way to adapt face-to-face lectures for effective online presentation. Break long lectures into five minute (or so) chunks. Emily A.

Webonauts Internet Academy Come play again later! Come play again tomorrow! 5 Online Tools That Help You Align Lessons to Common Core Standards Common Core, love it or hate it, if you're teaching in the United States there is a good chance that you'll have to work with it. If that describes you, take a look at these five tools that can help you create lessons aligned to Common Core standards. Teaching Objects is an online lesson planner that enables you to pull materials from your Google Drive and YouTube accounts into your lesson plans. As you write your lesson plans and organize your materials in your Teaching Objects account you can search for an identify the Common Core standards that align to each of your lesson plans. Alchemy SmartBinder is a free service for creating, organizing, and sharing lessons. Common Curriculum is an online lesson planning resource that aims to help you align your lessons to Common Core standards. OpenEd is a site that claims to be the world's largest educational resource catalog. Disclosure: MasteryConnect helps feed me and my dog every month through their advertising payments.