Fake news is a growing problem online! How do students know what's true and what isn't? The article at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-spot-fake-news-and-teach-kids-to-be-media-savvy (Links to an external site.) goes through some tips for spotting fake news. Students (and adults) can use the following website to verify information they find questionable online:
Please share these resources with your students to encourage accuracy and fact checking.
Common Sense Media has released the report Plugged in Parents: Attitudes, Behaviors and Role Models. As teachers, we are also role models and need to be reminded that our behaviors are viewed by our students in ways we may not think.
February 6th-10th is Digital Citizenship Week in Canyons School District. As you discuss with your students what it means to be a positive Digital Citizen, it's important to include what it means for students to be online and the importance of not oversharing online. We need to teach our students to Think, Before Posting!
Oversharing: Top 10 Things To Think About Before You Post
January is a great time to reflect and marks a good half-way point for the school year. In making resolutions and working to improve, why not consider how your classroom can be improved by beefing up those tech skills and learning about great, easy to use resources. The attached infographic shows some great ideas for focusing those resolutions and how to be supported in them!
Students and Tech: The New Landscape
Our students are digital natives. They have never known a world without screens. It's important for us to help them learn the digital landscape and how to balance screen time with real life activities. This video clip will give you some insight and ideas on how to connect with your students and how to help them gain a sense of a balance.
Navigating a digital world can be challenging. There are many questions teachers and students have about how to keep their identity safe and how to use digital resources ethically. As adults, we are careful about what we post online and we keep tabs on our privacy settings and formulate secure passwords. Our students, however, may not be so savvy. Have a discussion with students about their "digital footprint." The following video gives a fantastic description about what a digital footprint is and how it begins before we are even born.
As people get more access to technology, we have more demands for our time and attention. Multitasking may seem like a good idea but can be counterproductive. The attached graphic illustrates how much time is lost by multitasking and other negative effects. Try some tips to cut down on distractions like turning off email notifications, silencing your phone while you sleep or work, set up "no cell phone" times or zones at home and school, etc.
The new school year is a great time to set expectations and rules for safely using the Internet. ISTE Standard 2: Digital Citizen states, 'Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.'
Being SMART on the Internet is an easy way to remember the guidelines: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable and Tell.