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A student reads a book outside to take a break from her digital device.

3 tips for balanced digital wellness

10/21/2019

Topics: Balance, Digital Citizenship, Digital health and wellness

The digital landscape has changed lifestyles for people of all ages. Many of these changes are positive and empowering: They’ve increased access to education and information and provided new tools for…

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One way to find digital balance: Pause for people

10/09/2019

Topics: Digital Citizenship

It seems like almost every day my morning newsfeed greets me with at least one “think piece” from someone sharing insights on their most recent digital detox. Almost always the authors want to use their phones…

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Reflective observation essential part of digital citizenship lessons

06/13/2019

Topics: Digital Citizenship

John Dewey, the influential education reformer and psychologist, is often quoted as saying that we don’t learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience. That statement applies just as much today…

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Students and teachers need to understand copyright and intellectual property law.

Preventing collisions at the intersection of creativity and copyright

04/18/2019

Topics: copyright, fair use

Creativity powers the best classrooms.

Teachers tapping new ideas and tools create better ways to facilitate learning, while their students gain knowledge, make intellectual connections and…

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Are kids better than adults at teaching digital citizenship?

Are kids better than adults at teaching digital citizenship?

01/22/2019

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While adults can be powerful role models for kids, peers often exert even greater influence.

It’s as true online as it is off. Yet many schools still teach digital citizenship using traditional methods: a lecture here, an assembly there, one more lesson plan stuffed into an already…

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Digital citizenship starts with the person  not the tool!

Digital citizenship starts with the person not the tool!

01/03/2019

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Why do we do what we do? It's an age-old question. From getting too close to a fire to getting online excessively, our decisions aren't always good for us.

There is a model for understanding that irrational, sometimes frustrating, human behavior. It's…

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The New Digital Citizenship: Empower Proactive Digital Learners [Classroom poster]

The New Digital Citizenship: Empower Proactive Digital Learners [Classroom poster]

10/12/2017

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The new digital citizenship takes students beyond the protective to the proactive. Respect,…

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3 spheres of the new digital citizenship [video]

3 spheres of the new digital citizenship [video]

10/31/2017

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As an educator, you want your students to be good digital citizens — to be kind, safe and secure online. You want learners to become positive agents of change. To use their technology-driven powers to help make the world a better place.

Take learners beyond the…

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5 resources to help students — and teachers — understand copyright law

5 resources to help students — and teachers — understand copyright law

11/18/2017

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As educators, we provide opportunities for students to research and create using new media and technologies.

When students create a presentation, make a video or write a report, it…

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How PBL transforms students into digital citizens

How PBL transforms students into digital citizens

12/13/2017

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When seventh grader Gitanjali Rao heard about the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she was troubled to learn that 5,000 U.S. water systems have problems with lead contamination.

Living in a suburb of Denver, where thousands of homes still receive water through lead…

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