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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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Digital citizenship IRL

Digital citizenship IRL

11/28/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Or, how being in the BTS ARMY shows you the future your students will live.


" "I'd like to ask all of you, what is your name? What excites you and makes your heart beat? Tell me your story.…

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5 doable goals for Digital Citizenship Week

5 doable goals for Digital Citizenship Week

10/15/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Internet safety, online privacy, cyberbullying, media balance, online relationships, news and media literacy — digital citizenship topics tackle big questions. It can feel daunting to integrate lessons on these weighty topics into your already-packed classroom agendas. But does it have…

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4 ways to fuel your #DigCitCommit

4 ways to fuel your #DigCitCommit

09/28/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Just like New Year’s resolutions, the goals teachers set for themselves throughout the year can sometimes become buried under a mountain of daily tasks.

At ISTE 2018,…

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6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

09/11/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Flipped learning, ISTE Standards for Educators, ISTE Standards for Students, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Helping students manage smartphone use might not seem like the type of subject that schools should be teaching. But given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices…

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Project Citizen: Bring civic engagement to your classroom

Project Citizen: Bring civic engagement to your classroom

08/21/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, ISTE Standards for Students, Project-based learning

Student activists at Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High, who attracted global attention by demanding better gun laws after 17 of their classmates were killed inspired some Eugene, Oregon, students to take on a civic engagement project of their own.  

The…

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Address global problems locally with place-based learning

Address global problems locally with place-based learning

08/08/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Most of us have heard of the movement to think globally and act locally, but what about using the power of place to personalize learning?

Place-based learning allows student to solve community problems while being immersed in local heritage, cultures and environments to study language…

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