Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Digital Citizenship Resources for Educators

The 2016 Nebraska Digital Citizenship Symposium was held on September 27, 2016.  Five sites concurrently hosted teams from over 40 Nebraska school districts.  School teams consisted of administrators, teachers, parents, and students-- all gathered together to learn how to #bethekey to bring better digital citizenship practices back to their communities.

Speakers for the day included:
  • Karen Haase, KSB Law, @KarenHaase
  • Craig Badura, Aurora Public Schools, @mrbadura
  • Hunter Radenslaben, Waverly High School, @AthleteNation
  • Keegan Korf, Common Sense Media, @CommonSenseEd
  • Stephanie Bernthal, ESU 17, @SBernthal
School teams created digital posters and action plans to take back to their schools, all emphasizing how each of them could #bethekey to better digital citizenship. View their creative creations here:

Many takeaways happened over the course of the day and beyond, as schools not only shared within their teams, but also with each other.

I've collected some key resources to accompany the event to help continue to promote digital citizenship with your students, teachers, and community.
  • Common Sense Media has a great K-12 Implementation Plan linked to their free digital citizenship lessons that could be followed as a district's scope and sequence.
  • Mindy McBride (@mindymindyp) from Lynch Public Schools requested an easy-to-access poster with QR codes for her students to scan when looking for copyright friendly images.  I put this one together from some of the most commonly recommended image sites. Feel free to use this poster in your classrooms as well. https://goo.gl/OpnS9P 
  • Don't forget TASL (Title, Author, Source/Site, License) when giving attribution to Creative Commons licensed photos!
  • Jennifer Showalter (@JKShowalter) from Norfolk Public Schools shared her CyberNinja Quests site that she built for use with her Jr. High Technology Classes.  
  • 21 Things for Students from REMC Association of Michigan has some great mini-units dealing with digital citizenship and related topics.
  • A collection of digital citizenship resources from Kara Welty
Digital Citizenship is an ongoing challenge, but an extremely important one. Continue the conversations in your school on this critical topic. 

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