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7 tips for helping students develop emotional intelligence

7 tips for helping students develop emotional intelligence

02/18/2020

Topics: #DigCitCommit, Digital Citizenship, social-emotional learning

Part of growing up is developing empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of others. It starts in kindergarten when we learn to share the crayons. As we get older, we learn to include others on the playground to avoid hurt feelings and begin to relate to those who are different than we…

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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

01/10/2020

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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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You can' 't teach empathy — but project-based learning can!

You can't teach empathy — but project-based learning can!

12/28/2018

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Listening to teen journalists pitch story ideas for their daily school newscast, journalism adviser Michael Hernandez noticed a frustrating trend. Students were coming up with unoriginal ideas that missed the real story, often overlooking the perspectives of people less fortunate than…

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6 tech and nontech tools to easily bring mindfulness into the classroom

6 tech and nontech ways to easily bring mindfulness into the classroom

10/09/2019

Topics: #DigCitCommit, Digital Citizenship

Mindfulness is the practice of paying purposeful, nonjudgmental attention to the present moment. It's a skill that can benefit students far beyond the classroom. Studies have shown the practice enhances focus, may…

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Teach digital citizenship all year, every year

Teach digital citizenship all year, every year

04/24/2018

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When students in North Carolina made the news for sharing underage nude photos of each other on Instagram a few years ago, parents didn’t know what to do. School was snowed out, the photos were spreading like wildfire, and teachers had no way to step in and correct the behavior.…

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6 tips and 1 activity to help digital citizens engage with empathy

10/15/2019

Topics: #DigCitCommit, Digital Citizenship, Inclusion

Educator and author Kristen Mattson, Ed.D., has a bone to pick with a lot of the digital citizenship curricula used in schools today. Too much of it, she says, focuses on what not to do, and it rarely addresses the opportunities and responsibilities of the digital world. In addition,…

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How a 'wildly stupid creative decision' turned this teen into an animator

How a 'wildly stupid creative decision' turned this teen into an animator

12/11/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics

Six years ago, a 12-year-old sat frustrated in front of her laptop and decided that she could not animate.
Three years later, she stopped caring and did it anyway.

Hi, that’s me – 18 years old now and fresh out of my final high school exams. Time for me to enter…

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