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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.
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.
Educator and author Kristen Mattson, Ed.D., has a bone to pick with a lot of the digital citizenship curricula. Too much of it, she says, focuses on what not to do, and it rarely addresses the opportunities and responsibilities of the digital world.
Michael Hernandez, an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher, has taken his high school students to Cuba, Cambodia and Vietnam to help students “recalibrate their mindset” while practicing their technical skills and exercising their journalistic muscles.
Coaches and library media specialists are often go-to experts for educators seeking instructional support and help with tech integration, but they can also be leaders on one of education’s most important topics – 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?
While many schools address digital citizenship through the occasional school assembly or one-off lesson plan, administrators at Rowan-Salisbury School District knew they needed to go bigger. They paid 25 teachers from around the district to develop a comprehensive K-12 digital citizenship curriculum.
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.
Mindfulness is more relevant to educators than ever with the growth of technology – and the increased distractions that come with it. Incorporating mindfulness techniques in the classroom can improve mental, physical and emotional health.
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.
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.
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.
Today’s digital citizens are informed about the world, concerned about the plight of others and empowered by technology to do something about it.
Keeping track of copyright law can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out these five quality resources to help your students practice good digital citizenship.
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.
The new digital citizenship empowers learners to become proactive agents of change.
Addressing digital equity requires input and commitment from everyone in education. That said, research shows that students and teachers are often the solution-finders.
Digital citizens are learners who use their technology-driven powers conscientiously — and with empathy — to help make the world a better place.
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.
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.
Educators and education supporters have launched dozens of efforts to support teachers and families affected by Hurricane Harvey and post-storm flooding. Here's how you can help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the crucial nuances that distinguish the terms personalized, differentiated and individualized.