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What prevention science tells us about cyberbullying

What prevention science tells us about cyberbullying

06/19/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Learning sciences

I recently facilitated a discussion at a local school on personal tech. The conversation started with parents expressing concerns, sometimes befuddlement, but all earnestly wanting the best from their children.

Most of the discussion involved the over-30 crowd until a lone…

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4 things to know about teaching digital literacy to refugees

4 things to know about teaching digital literacy to refugees

06/14/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Global collaboration, ISTE Standards for Students

Since 2012 I've worked with refugees in the Salt Lake area, a destination point where about 60,000 displaced people currently live. My work with the refugee population has ranged from hosting story times, participating in outreach, teaching adults how to use computers and, most recently,…

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5 ways educators can become digital citizenship leaders

5 ways educators can become digital citizenship leaders

06/06/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

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?

After all, we're all digital citizens, and the latest lens on digital citizenship calls on educators…

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Find out how this 10-year-old became a digital citizen and empowered learner

Find out how this 10-year-old became a digital citizen and empowered learner

06/06/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

Kids are always listening – and learning. Sometimes when we least expect it.

That was the case with fourth grader Olivia Van Ledtje who overheard her mother reviewing some students’ Selfie Center videos and decided she, too, had a lot she’d like to share.

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4 ways to make CS for all a reality

4 ways to make CS for all a reality

05/24/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning

Kimberly Lane believes that in the digital age, computer science (CS) should be right up there with reading and writing as a foundational skill.

Lane, blended learning specialist for Lancaster Independent School District near Dallas, walks the talk by helping educators…

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Students teach parents about social media

Students teach parents about social media

04/10/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

I am passionate about student agency and student voice and believe very much in…

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WHAT WORKS: Program turns teachers into STEM researchers

WHAT WORKS: Program turns teachers into STEM researchers

03/18/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Gamification

Cybersecurity is the digital Wild West, and students at College Station High School in Texas are preparing for it by creating a virtual network and using it to practice stopping simulated attacks – just like real-world cybersecurity researchers do.

Science and technology…

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Digital citizenship needs to be a group effort

Digital citizenship needs to be a group effort

03/12/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

A student shares his email password with a friend, who shares it with another friend, who sends an inappropriate picture to everyone in the students’ contacts list. It was a joke! But that…

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Students use grief, passion, technology to create a movement

Students use grief, passion, technology to create a movement

02/22/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Following the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, the world saw teenagers being self-directed and empowered as they pursued a real-world project they felt passionately about. It saw students being dynamic digital citizens, using social media and other web platforms to engage…

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Can Minecraft teach team building?

Can Minecraft teach team building?

02/13/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Gaming

It was October. My Introduction to Computer Science class had been meeting for two months, and we were deep into a discussion about game design. One of my students gestured casually at the student across the room. “That’s right! I agree with what… what’s-his-name said over there.”…

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