Your Digital Footprint – Lunch with George Couros

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K-12 teachers – use four words for every kid every time they write: write, categorize, tag, publish.” George Couros Last week was my first time to attend the California League of Schools (CLS) Annual Conference – and I’m so glad I did! The highlight of this 3-day conference was joining George Couros’ lunchtime session Your… Continue reading

Going to California League of Schools Conference?

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If you will be attending CLS’s Conference this weekend, I warmly invite you to attend the session I’ll be co-presenting with Pam Bodnar (Marsh Jr. High, Chico USD): Teaching Social Justice Through the Lens of the Holocaust (Saturday, 10:30-11:30). In recognition that current times call for the voices of social justice, diversity, and action, we… Continue reading

Two Reasons Why Teaching about Copyright Just Got Easier

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“Great leaders give credit.” George Couros If you consider teaching students about their intellectual property rights and responsibilities an essential component of a digital citizenship program, I’m with you. So thanks to a recent change by Google and a new Google Docs Add-On by teacher Brandon Dorman, we have two great items to spark discussions… Continue reading

From “hate speech” to “dangerous speech”

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Sometimes it is bad things that move teaching and supporting digital citizenship from a one-and-done assembly or an advisory period checklist into meaningful classroom discussions. I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I coordinate, along with colleague Kathleen Watt, our district’s digital citizenship program. For 10+ years we’ve started each school year by asking… Continue reading

Digital Citizenship – It’s not just for students

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In recognition that we are living in a “post-truth” era, rampant with “fake news,” and that we all need media literacy skills, I’ve been gathering resources, collaborating with colleagues, and creating presentations geared to both students and staff. I’m adding to my Media Literacy site almost daily, with a weekly featured resource. For the past 10… Continue reading

PBS: We’ll Meet Again – Premiere Episode with Reiko Nagumo

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Thanks to an email from Julie Thomas, Library Archivist for California State University, Sacramento,  I made sure to be home last Tuesday by 8:00 p.m. Julie’s subject line was a grabber for me: Reiko Nagumo “We’ll Meet Again.” Her message was short: “Here is the link to the We’ll Meet Again website and Reiko’s story is highlighted… Continue reading

We should choose to teach copyright …

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We should choose to teach copyright not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because the goal of understanding copyright will serve to measure the best of student energies, skills, and citizenship.” Tara Woodall I somehow managed to miss Tara Woodall’s article The Right Stuff – Teaching Kids about Copyright when Common Sense… Continue reading

Teaching Digital Citizenship in 2017

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#BeInternetSafe curriculum

Digital citizenship is often cited as the fastest changing subject in the K-12 curriculum. Thinking back 10 years to 2007, when I first began rolling out a digital citizenship program for my district, we were using iSafe, a curriculum that focused on keeping students safe from others. “Stranger danger” was a big concern, with much… Continue reading

Blogging – A powerful digital literacy/digital citizenship tool

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I work in the Technology Services Department for a large public school district. I love my job (technology integration specialist) and truly appreciate my department’s support of programs that promote digital literacy and the potential for students – and teachers – to advance from digital citizens to global citizens. With this week’s start of the… Continue reading

ISTE 2017 – My top takeaways

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San Antonio’s River Walk + the ISTE 2017 Conference = a winning combination. Three weeks later, at last I have a little time to reflect on some memorable takeaways: Day 1 – Sunday Global Education Day – Joining Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray for this 3-hour, highly interactive forum was an awesome start to my #ISTE17… Continue reading