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  • Ms. Kells's avatar
    I would love to hear those teachers of grade 9-12 are integrating CSM into their curriculum packed lessons. I used the Crawling the Web lesson with IB1 students and they found it incredibly useful, even though the target audience was grade 6-8. I did supplement and add in Google Scholar as a great research tool for finding source data and information. What lessons are you finding best for older students?
  • Mr. Salazar's avatar
    My name is Carlos Salazar. I'm the Educational Technology Specialist for King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools District in San Diego, CA. I'm currently enrolled in a Digital Citizenship Certification course through the San Diego County Office of Education. As part of this course, one of my activities is to join a PLN and talk about some of my findings, struggles, and or suggestions in regards to Digital Citizenship. I'm really shocked at the little amount of resources that as an organization have provided for teachers and students. One of my responsibilities is to bring awareness of Digital Citizenship to our schools and I would love to hear from some of the successes or failures that other educators have had in their districts/schools. All feedback is welcomed and much appreciated. Thank you.
    My name is Carlos Salazar. I'm the Educational Technology Specialist for King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools District in San Diego, CA. I'm currently enrolled in a Digital Citizenship Certification course through the San Diego County Office of Education. As part of this course, one of my activities is to join a PLN and talk about some of my findings, struggles, and or suggestions in regards to Digital Citizenship. I'm really shocked at the little amount of resources that as an organization have provided for teachers and students. One of my responsibilities is...
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    • Ms. Kennedy - I've used 21Thing4Students.net; common sense media, and http://generationsafe.ikeepsafe.org, All offer great lessons are ideas for teaching digital citizenship. I teacher computers as an elective, so only my students are learning this intensively. Otherwise, the school district is using lessons in English classes to cover digital safety and cyber bullying. There are more resources out there for digital citizenship, you just have to look for them, or join a PLN that shares ideas.

      • Mar 27, 2015
    • Ms. Kennedy - Oh, and everfi. Everfi could be a self-run course with little input from the teacher, but is much better with class discussions. The ignition course covers a lot of digital citizenship ideas, especially for the 7th -10th grade level students. And, even better, it's free.

      • Mar 27, 2015
    • Ms. Sullivan - Hi Carlos, this is a great question. Learning from other members of what has worked in their schools (or not worked) is invaluable! I encourage others to share!

      • Mar 27, 2015
  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar
    Common Sense has recently launched a Parent's Guide to Kid's Learning, a great new resource for parents of elementary students. As educators, it's a tool that you can share with your students' families to help build a stronger connection between home and school and to help parents reinforce what their kids are learning during the day. Check it out and share your thoughts!
  • Mrs. Hiller's avatar
    I am a Technology Resource Teacher. Each year I teach Internet Safety. Since I am in an elementary school, we as teachers, have been protecting our students by carefully picking out the websites they will go to. The past couple years, I realize this policy limits our students learning experience. The students also share with me stories of “things that have happened” and I realized that though they are young, they need to know how to be safe online and how participate responsibly in learning communities. This year we are implementing the curriculum in K-5 and teaching our students how to be good digital citizens. Now our students are learning how to use the internet for research, how to communicate in online communities, and ways to create good usernames and strong passwords. The world is changing. Students need to know how to be safe and communicate in a positive and constructive way. We will soon be a BYOT school and our use will open even wider. Parents will may also face issues that this new technology brings into their homes. We are grateful for the parent tips and your help in planning our parent info nights.
    I am a Technology Resource Teacher. Each year I teach Internet Safety. Since I am in an elementary school, we as teachers, have been protecting our students by carefully picking out the websites they will go to. The past couple years, I realize this policy limits our students learning experience. The students also share with me stories of “things that have happened” and I realized that though they are young, they need to know how to be safe online and how participate responsibly in learning communities. This year we are implementing the curriculum in K-5 and teaching...
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  • Mrs. Nees's avatar
    I am inspired to teach Digital Citizenship because there is a huge need in our society to teach young people how to be responsible with social media. I realized after teaching several lessons last year that many students are shocked when you tell them that what they do behind a screen should NOT be different than what you would do in person. Most of the time they look like the cat that ate the canary when you mention some of the unacceptable behavior that we often see. We have a brand new school and thought this would be a fantastic way to get our kids of on the right foot!
  • Mr. Garrett's avatar
    Hi, I am a technology teacher and I feel that Digital Citizenship is important for students to learn early. The more practice they get the better citizens they will be as adults. In this ever increasing world of technology the bad people are getting smarter and we as educators along with their parents must send the students out into the world armed with as much knowledge to protect themselves as possible
    • Ms. Kells - Which Common Sense lessons do you like best? I used Crawling the Web- from the library section and found it very useful for IB students.

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  • Ms. Parker's avatar
    As a district we teach the students an assortment of technology skills. We want all our students to be good citizens not only in the classroom, neighborhood but online also. Using the lessons will provide the proper skills needed to do safe searches and work online.
  • Mr. Feher's avatar
    Working in a school that has recently gone 1:1, it has become more and more apparent to me that everyone involved in this change to our education setting should be as informed as possible on the topic of Digital Citizenship. As important as I feel it is for students to realize what they say on the Internet does have an impact and carries weight, I also feel that Common Sense gives excellent opportunities to better educate our parent community on what they can do to be more aware of their child's Internet safety.
  • Ms. Sullivan's avatar
    A great read for all educators who are managing devices in the classroom. As teachers know, setting and communicating clear expectations is half the battle! Read all the tips and tricks from the Common Sense Graphite blog article linked below.

    Do you have tips and tricks to handle devices in your class? Share here!
  • Mrs. Lopez's avatar
    With the amount of technology now being used by our students in school and in their personal lives, I felt it was very important to make sure that my students not only had the knowledge of how to make good choices when online or using technology, but also to understand the implications of not making good choices. Common Sense Media offers so many options for teaching these kinds of lessons to all of my K-5 students, and their parents, as well.
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