Technology is an amazing and very necessary skill for our children to embrace that can help ensure their future success. Unfortunately, technology can also be a doubled-edged sword. The best safeguard against online dangers is being informed and communicating your expectations to your child. That’s what the Parent U Technology Workshop is all about!
High quality, free resources for teaching Digital Citizenship to share with your colleagues and families.
Digital Passport (Grade 3-5) The first resource, Digital Passport, is targeted for grades 3-5 and teaches the basics of online safety and responsibility through a suite of interactive games that can be played on many computing devices including iPads and Chromebooks.
Digital Bytes (Middle/High School) The second resource, Digital Bytes, is targeted to middle and high school students and teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online. Just For Teachers: A Visual Guide To Teaching Students Digital Citizenship Skills The handy infographic available for free from this site comes from Nancy White, who learned that teaching digital citizenship as a separate curriculum is one thing, but finding ‘teachable moments’ – when they’re already performing a task where the principles of digital citizenship can be put to work – is another entirely.
Common Sense Graphite Graphite is a free service from Common Sense Education that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for classroom use. The resources on Graphite have been thoroughly reviewed by our expert educators and receive numerous teacher reviews called Field Notes. Graphite also reviews many Common Core-aligned products like PBS Learning Media, VoiceThread, and Khan Academy. Whether you’re looking for tips for using Minecraft Edu in the classroom or advice on which media creation tools are best for flipping your classroom, Graphite’s ratings and reviews, blog articles, and webinars provide the information you need to make great technology choices.