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A Honolulu teacher asked his students to play Minecraft at home to teach them about civility, community and doing the right thing in the classroom.
Given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices affect academic performance, mental health and a teen’s emotional well being, it’s not a bad idea to embed cell phone management advice into ever curricular subject.
Project Citizen guides classes through the steps of developing an action plan to solve a problem selected by the students. Students at an Oregon middle school took up the topic of gun violence and presented their findings to state lawmakers.
Encourage students to solve the biggest problems of our time -- from poverty and hunger to climate change and social injustice -- using the U.N.'s sustainable development goals.
Why not try one new thing this year to get students learning with technology. Check out this back-to-school guide for ideas, tips and resources on computer science, media literacy and digital citizenship.
Educators can find tools that help students create, collaborate and share ideas and become good digital citizens.
In an era of fake news and increasingly bitter political polarization, it’s time for teachers to move beyond online safety and teach students how to use technology to make their world and communities better. Share how you will commit to digital citizenship using #digcitcommit.
If programs and trainings on digital citizenship do not focus on risk factors, they will never fully address the problems that stem from technology use.
My involvement in a six-week after-school program made possible by Digital Respons-Ability, Utah State University Extension Services and 4-H helped me put aside some assumptions, gain new knowledge and develop some strategies for teaching digital literacy to refugees. Here are four things you should know about teaching refugee students.
You may be a tech-savvy educator who brings digital age lessons and projects to your classroom, but are you doing all you can to be a digital leader on campus?
Olivia Van Ledtje, 10, has created more than 70 short videos describing what she’s reading, thinking and learning about.
When our school decided to host a parent information session on social media recently, there was no question who would lead it: the students themselves.
The SECURE Project blends real-world research, project-based learning and curriculum development to give educators an engaging STEM learning experience they can pass along to their students.
Clearly there is a disconnect between what students and educators think when it comes to digital citizenship, despite the prominent place it holds in the minds of most educators, administrators and parents.
The “Never Again” students exhibit the ISTE Standards for Students in action, but in a way that reminds us we are not only preparing students for academic or career achievement but also for life in a complicated, messy, often brutal world.
Educators need to stop preaching to students about cyberbullying and start having frank discussions that inspire empathy and identity building.
It is our responsibility as educators to make sure our digital age learners know how to do more than surf the web and consume media. All educators — from classroom teachers to technology coaches and administrators — should lead the discussion on digital literacy.
When students channel their passions into social advocacy, they become empowered. They learn to use technology to stand up for what they believe in, to influence social norms and to effect real change — all crucial qualities for today’s digital citizens.
People often behave differently behind a computer screen than they would in person. By acting out online situations face to face, students at a digital citizenship camp learn viscerally that “what happens online happens in real life."
Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.
Foster good digital citizenship skills by directing students to find fair-use photos.
Each year, educators, students, parents, industry members and others gather for the National Digital Citizenship Summit. Here are five emerging trends that came out of the 2017 event.
There are two common misconceptions about digital citizenship: The first is that digital citizenship can be taught in just one lesson. The second is that it’s all about what kids should not be doing online as opposed to what they should be doing.
Authentic social justice or community service projects have the potential to engage kids in the subject matter teachers need them to learn and empower kids to participate in society and democracy.
As students become more fluent with technology, it's more important than ever that they become good digital citizens.
As educators, we want students to be able to communicate and collaborate with their peers — locally and globally — in a comfortable way.
Blogging is a great way to accomplish this.
Rather than just warning young people about online risks, leaders are realizing the importance of helping students use the power of digital media to work toward social justice and equity.
Educators are discovering the benefit of educational games that help students understand what it’s like to walk in another person’s shoes and promote multicultural understanding.
Since 2015, several K-12 teachers and administrators have offered recommendations related to digital citizenship instruction. Here are the five tips from the posts that have resonated most with EdSurge readers.
Instead of banning social media, model good digital citizenship and let students take the reins. Here are three ways to teach students to use social media.
Educators can follow these seven steps for creating a global collaboration project that will foster the four C's — communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Think nothing good can come from encouraging students to use social media? Find out how some high school students use social media as an academic tool and how it's shaped their high school and post-secondary success.
One way to ease fear and kick off conversations about digital citizenship in the classroom is to allow students to reflect and share about their experiences in digital communities with broader strokes rather than with personal experiences.
WidgetWatch is an online afterschool program that leverages students’ interest in technology to keep them learning even after school gets out, with a STEM-based curriculum grounded in the ISTE Standards.
Instead of training parents to use computers, an Orange County, Calif., district is teaching them to become technology leaders, giving them the skills they need to go forth and train others.
Middle-schoolers look past divisiveness to create a presidential election based on civility – and learn important skills at the same time.
With technology, many parents ignore the interactions of our kids online. But just like driving a car or eating a healthy diet, we need to be there to coach and guide our kids through this world.
Bring student voice to digital citizenship by allowing them a seat at the table when making technology decisions.
In the age of citizen journalism, media literacy is more vital than ever.
Emily Weinstein offers five common myths about kids’ experiences with technology and social media that she encountered while researching these issues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and working with Common Sense Education.
Take a look at the top EdTekHub leadership posts from 2016 to find out how to empower students and inspire staff with edtech.
Eighth grader Odessa Goldberg talks about how weekly breaks from technology went from something torturous to something she relishes.
In the third edition of Digital Citizenship in Schools, author Mike Ribble explains how to teach using REP: respect, educate and protect.
With the goal of empowering students at the forefront, our district is implementing the new ISTE Standards for Students across our PK-12 school district. Here are five ways to get started.
As the technology coordinator at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut, Julianne B. Ross-Kleinmann pursues her passion, which is instructional technology in the service of learning and teaching. And she does it by creating a well-rounded environment.
Reach digital citizenship authentically so it's not just another abstract idea that becomes real to students only when they run into problems down the road.
Lessons on online safety often focus on cyberbullying, predators and privacy. But there’s another realm of digital citizenship that’s equally vital for students to understand: online scams and hacking.
Inspire young students by using Skype to connect them with the authors of their favorite books.
In the innovative age, success is determined not by knowledge but what you do with it. Educators should ask 3 questions about every lesson: What? So what? Now what?
If online shopping and selling aren’t part of your business and finance lessons, you’re doing your students a disservice. Here’s a printable infographic guide on safe online shopping for your classroom and a quick-and-dirty curriculum to teach students how to protect their financial and personal information online.
Drive home the importance of digital citizenship by giving students a voice and letting them experience it hands-on through project-based learning.
In many ways the digital age has made it easier for students to cheat. Fortunately, digital tools also help teachers stop student fraud at every turn. Here's a cheat sheet for preventing cheating in your classroom.
Check out the ISTE Professional Learning Network's latest season of web events, presented by members for members on topics ranging from digital citizenship to gamification and global collaboration.
Students definitely benefit in school and in life when they have the opportunity to develop their strength of character. And schools can help support their character building in many — but not all — ways.
To ensure student safety online, tech coaches must provide just-in-time digital information while modeling best practices and helping teachers do the same.
As tech use becomes increasingly ubiquitous both in school and out, the majority of students easily fly right past the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for no more than two hours of screen time a day. Is it realistic in today's world to place arbitrary limits? Because not all screen time is created equal, the answer is not black and white.
Blogging is a good way to get your students reflecting on their work and building skills. It also helps teachers really understand what students are retaining.
The evolution of media from controlled channels like newspapers, magazines, radio stations and television networks to social media means that anyone can become tomorrow’s retweet royalty or social scum.
If we’re really focused on serving our students and if we really believe in digital citizenship, then we must behave the way we expect our students to behave in real life and in the virtual world/
If we want our students to succeed in their careers and life in the digital age, we must begin teaching them the skills — such as selecting, evaluating, synthesizing, inferring and analyzing data — that will allow them to use technology to its full potential.
Technology infusion and professional development coordinator LeeAnn Lindsey explains the three biggest challenges of teaching digital citizenship.
New to Minecraft? Find out how you can use the popular game to teach an array of subjects in your classroom.
Your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in your classroom.
As educators, we need to teach students to use social media tools proficiently enough to leave a mark that will allow others to find them, see who they are and determine what they are capable of doing.
Tracking student data has the potential to revolutionize learning — and to make students vulnerable to companies and individuals who can access their information. Educators and lawmakers are rallying to propose legislation that will help navigate the perils of privacy issues while delivering the benefits of student data.
Part of preparing students for the digital age is helping them become critical consumers and responsible curators of online content. Administrators can do their part in achieving this by giving teachers the knowledge and support they need to teach, model and promote digital citizenship.
Global project-based learning projects connect students to peers around the world and build cultural understanding, communication skills and awareness about the world. Educators can learn about many project during ISTE 2015 workshops, sessions, panels and posters.
Digital citizenship is too important to be restricted to the classroom. Teach educators, parents and students how to support each other in a community of kindness that spans both their online and offline lives.
Today’s educators must figure out how to engage and motivate their technology-driven students while keeping them safe. Here are 10 field-tested strategies to keep middle schoolers engaged and on task when using online tools.
The most popular posts on the EdTekHub in 2014 included blog posts, articles, infographics and videos on topics ranging from digital citizenship to the maker movement.
Most educators recognize the need for digital citizenship, but many are at a loss for how to teach it. Here are some resources to help.
With children’s socialization increasingly moving into the digital realm, there's a growing empathy gap educators need to counteract when teaching students about digital citizenship
Students are compelled to interact online — and to get by in the digital age, they need the skills to do so. Rather than giving in to fears of what might happen when students connect over the internet, educators should bust the myths of online student privacy and use them as teachable moments to turn their students into capable digital citizens.
As technology integration grows, not only in schools but in society as a whole, the concept of digital citizenship will continue to expand.
Young students don’t instinctively know how to behave during a videoconferencing call. But with a little instruction and practice, they’ll handle interactions with aplomb.
The Digital Learning Center – designed to create “world class thinkers” – offers integrated thematic units in a student-centered classroom that allows for deep levels of differentiation.
When students make unauthorized modifications to their school-provided devices or hack into locked district files, they are breaking the rules. However, some argue that they are also exhibiting creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and tech savvy.
Some districts have hired third-party service providers to monitor their students’ social media posts in an attempt to catch and deal with cyberbullying, threats of violence, potential suicide attempts and other inappropriate behavior. Critics, however, say this is a violation of student privacy and that kids can only learn to be good digital citizens if we trust them to practice.
In a classroom where students already use technology, it’s a simple matter to incorporate a digital citizenship component into any lesson.
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media.
The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students. And that’s a good thing.
Twitter chats for educators offer free professional learning on your favorite topics and the chance to connect with peers around the world. Here are some that were recommended by the ISTE community.
The Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts is one of the first and most successful student-run genius bars in the nation. Facilitator Jenn Scheffer gives her step-by-step guide for starting a student tech team in your school.