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3 Tips for Balanced Digital Wellness


Topics: Balance, Digital Citizenship, Digital health and wellness

Digital tools like cell phones and tablets have impacted everyone. Many of these tech tools 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


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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What every teacher should know about copyright law


Topics: copyright, Digital Citizenship

When it comes to plagiarism, teachers have no trouble identifying it and dealing with it. But copyright law is another story. It’s an area where teachers are a little less confident. But it is something they…


Two girls at school in front of a laptop discuss cyber-bullying incident.

Empowering Digital Citizens With Real-Life Scenarios


Topics: Digital & media literacy, Digital Citizenship

Can digital digital citizenship be taught in a positive way? Sarah Loyola from North Carolina's Ravenscroft School says it can.

When Loyola came to Ravenscroft as its first director of educational…


Laurel and her mom Nicole Carter

Teen helps create social media lessons


Topics: Digital Citizenship, Social media

When Laurel, a 12-year-old from North Carolina, bumped into the CEO of The Social Institute – an organization devoted to helping kids navigate social media – the sixth-grader just wanted to thank her for her…


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Reflective observation essential part of digital citizenship lessons


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…


5 myths of online student privacy

5 myths of online student privacy


Topics: Digital Citizenship

One of my greatest challenges as a technology integrator is helping teachers overcome their fears of letting students engage with the digital world around them. Students want to use the…


Digital citizenship starts with the person  not the tool!

Digital citizenship starts with the person not the tool!


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…


7 tips for helping students develop emotional intelligence

7 tips for helping students develop emotional intelligence


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…


Students sit on mats to meditate in school

6 Ways To Easily Bring Mindfulness Into the Classroom


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…