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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership

Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The idea behind the shift? A kind of empathy–moving beyond see one’s self, and moving towards seeing one’s self in the physical and digital company of others. As digital technology and social media become more deeply embedded in our lives, and more nuanced in their function, this is a shift whose time has come. The question becomes, then, what’s the next evolution of this idea?
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Find it Faster using Google

Find it Faster using Google | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Vicki Davis shares this Google Search Modifiers Poster (link opens a PDF). Many of the modifiers featured in the poster can also be used by opening the advanced search menu in Google and making search choices.  

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Could This Chicago Teen's App Put an End to Cyberbullying?

Could This Chicago Teen's App Put an End to Cyberbullying? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Most of the research about bullying suggests adolescents who bully do so because of insecurity or uncontrolled emotions. As young brains develop, so do understandings of responsibility and social norms. Add hormones and the emotional variations common in adolescents, and the result is an environment in which many young individuals seek to leverage power in their social networks by any means available. Studying the adolescent brain holds the key to understanding the behavior behind bullying.

 

Prabhu had studied the inner workings of the brain previously for another science project, so her exploration into the neuroscience behind cyberbullying was an easy transition. She examined data showing that the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the portion responsible for decision-making and impulse control, is not fully developed in younger adults. This leaves adolescents vulnerable to making snap decisions, since they aren’t able to think about potential outcomes from poor decisions. Based on this information, she postulated that a trigger would allow teens the chance to think about their actions and improve their decision-making about negative online posts.

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What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As cyberbullying increases, our best options are recognizing patterns, keeping evidence, intervening when appropriate, reporting any incidents, and educating everyone -- bullies included.
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This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online

This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The Internet can be a scary place. There are people on the web who are looking to take advantage of you for their own personal gain. There. I said it. These people are likely looking to confuse or convince you that they are someone you should be sharing important information with.

In an effort to improve your digital safety, Google has whipped up a handy chart that can be used by just about anyone looking to secure their online lives a bit more.

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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint

How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful  - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing online, but don’t remember exactly where…). But what happens when you need to delete your digital footprint (or more likely, a part of your digital footprint)? 

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I've considered protecting my digital footprint but never actually deleting it. In fact, many times we act as architects in building a positive online presence. 

 

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of their responses suggested that:


Middle school students are more concerned with content relevance than with credibility.They rarely attend to source features such as author, venue or publication type to evaluate reliability and author perspective.When they do refer to source features in their explanations, their judgments are often vague, superficial and lack reasoned justification.


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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place.

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20+ Ways to Encourage Digital Citizenship

As our students grow up amid a constant stream of technology, digital citizenship continues to emerge as a topic of major importance. Teaching concepts such as online privacy and creating a positive digital footprint through the demonstration of responsible online behaviors has become essential.

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Website Evaluation | Common Craft

Website Evaluation | Common Craft | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

A quick and helpful video on the importance of website evaluation. 

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The Internet is kind of like the wild, wild west in days of old.  It's every man (woman) for themselves in determining right from wrong and up to us and our students to establish credibility, relevance, accuracy, timliness and police it up.


Does this freedom hinder of help students? 

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The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette

The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online.


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Get Savvy with Creative Commons

Get Savvy with Creative Commons | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Get CC Savvy: Learn about Creative Commons licenses and how they work
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Tasks, discussions and resources about Creative Commons.

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17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship

17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Best practices now suggest that instead of cocooning students, we teach them to be good digital citizens, confident and competent in 17 areas:

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Extensive list - anything missing?

  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital citizenship
  • Digital commerce
  • Digital communication
  • Digital footprint
  • Digital law—plagiarism, copyrights, fair use, public domain
  • Digital privacy 
  • Digital rights and responsibilities
  • Digital search/research
  • Fair use/Public domain
  • Image copyrights
  • Internet safety
  • Netiquette
  • Online plagiarism
  • Passwords
  • Social Media
  • Stranger danger
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How to Evaluate Web Resources

How to Evaluate Web Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Effective and credible writing requires authoritative and verifiable resources. Learn the best ways to evaluate sources of information on the Web.
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Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup

Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and other resources on internet safety, cyberbullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
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The Definition of Literacy is Changing

The Definition of Literacy is Changing | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Technology is changing what it means to be literate. Literacy is quickly evolving to encompass skills that extend beyond reading and writing with pen and paper. Students today must be able to navigate the online space to successfully access information and opportunities.

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

 Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

 

Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web.

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Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and High School Students

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and High School Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In response to yesterday's post about digital citizenship lesson materials for elementary school students I received requests for middle school and high school resources. Here are five of my favorite resources for teaching digital safety and digital citizenship to middle and high school students.

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9 digital citizenship considerations

9 digital citizenship considerations | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Discussions about U.S. students’ ability to compete in a global economy, and their ability to use skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to succeed in college and the workforce, are commonplace. But central to those discussions is an issue that impacts nearly everything today’s tech-centric students do: digital citizenship.

 

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If Digital Literacy is a Basic Skill, Who's Responsible for Teaching It?

If Digital Literacy is a Basic Skill, Who's Responsible for Teaching It? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There’s a misconception among some teachers and policymakers, especially at the college level, that students come to us already being tech-savvy. I recently learned that some of our secondary schools have done away with what was called “computer discovery” courses, based on that same reasoning. The truth is many of our students need teachers and schools to provide not only access but also direction and encouragement in navigating and using various tech tools.

 

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Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics

Common Core in Action: Teaching Online Ethics | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In an earlier post, I wrote about both the Common Core Standards and what I call the "common sense" standards. Teaching ethical academic behavior online seems to hit both. When I talk about ethical academic behavior, I'm not talking about manners so much as giving credit where credit is due. After all, just because the kids can access information within two clicks doesn't give them the right to claim information as their own.

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10 Apps for Students to Take Notes

10 Apps for Students to Take Notes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As schools and districts move towards “1 to 1″ and to “Bring Your Own Devices,” the process of taking notes will take on a new meaning.  It the past couple years, for me personally, it has gotten to a point where writing for very long makes my hand hurt because I don’t use a pen or pencil very often anymore.  While attending Master’s classes and Professional Development meetings, I have started using my laptop and iPad to take notes.  I have a feeling this will become the trend in future years in education.  As we move towards this, it will be important that students have a functioning way of categorizing and keeping notes organized.  Here is a list of ten possible tools.

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I vote for Evernote!  And start with middle school!

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How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom

How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There hasn't been much of a place for Wikipedia in the classroom. But that could soon change after you check out these few learning tips!

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Google Search: 10 Questions & Answers to Help You Search Smarter!

Google Search: 10 Questions & Answers to Help You Search Smarter! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

At the Google Teacher Academy Lisa Thumann awed me with her lively presentation on Google Search. I must do an average of 15 searches a day on a wide range of topics. I search for articles, images, power points presentations, key words, etc. but I had no idea what Google search could do for me and my students. 

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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