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Character Education and Digital Citizenship

Aug 18, 2017

How to Create a Successful Character Education Program That Teaches Digital Citizenship

In my last post, we discussed how character education can serve as the basis for a great digital citizenship program. Now I'd like to give you practical steps you can take to implement a successful character education program in your school.

Solar Eclipse Resources

Aug 11, 2017

Bringing the Solar Eclipse to Your Classroom

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will occur in North America. Those in the path of totality-parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina—will see the moon completely eclipse the sun. Observers in the rest of the contiguous United States will see a partial solar eclipse. The solar eclipse is a perfect teachable moment for students. Whether you plan to watch live with your students or plan lessons around the eclipse, here are a few resources for teaching about the solar eclipse.

Top 5 Resources for July

Aug 04, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in July

Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of July.

Personalized Learning

Jul 28, 2017

A Continuum on Personalized Learning

In 2016, when I visited Silicon Valley classrooms, schools, and districts, many educators told me they were personalizing learning. But I was puzzled by what I saw. When asked what educators meant by “personalized learning” I heard different definitions of the policy.

Character Education and Digital Citizenship

Jul 21, 2017

Using Character Education to Teach Digital Citizenship

Some of the strategies schools currently use to address digital citizenship fall short because they focus primarily on specific issues and ignore building a solid foundation for students to think critically about digital citizenship.

ISTE 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Did ISTE 2017 Deliver on Embrace the Extraordinary?

More than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors participated in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, Texas. This was the first year the total number of attendees exceeded 15,000. Everyone was searching for ways to "embrace the extraordinary" for their students. 

Top 5 Resources for June

Jul 07, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in June

Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of June.

Surviving the Consumerization of Learning

Jun 30, 2017

Surviving the Consumerization of Learning

The consumerization of learning is the personalization of learning on computing screens using the capabilities of software to make it intuitive and highly adaptive for individual learners. The result is that educators are in uncharted waters of digital learning.

Take control of your professional development.

Jun 23, 2017

Taking Control of Your Professional Development

The days of sitting in one-size-fits-all professional meetings are dwindling. Whole day, large group professional development sessions are being replaced with technology-infused collaboration ripe for lifelong learning. For me, the best part of this shift in professional learning is the ability to focus on the topics that interest me the most.

Skills for Good Digital Citizenship

Jun 16, 2017

Three Skills Students Need to Become Good Digital Citizens

In order to be good digital citizens, students must cultivate a filter through which they view their digital lives and understand online communication. To help students build that filter, we must support them in developing a multifaceted awareness consisting of a number characteristics. Here are three of the most important:

Get Ready for ISTE 2017

Jun 09, 2017

Embrace the Extraordinary at ISTE 2017

If you are planning on attending ISTE in San Antonio this year, embrace the extraordinary by following these tips for a successful professional learning experience.

Top 5 Resources Last Month

Jun 02, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in May

Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of May.

May 26, 2017

Professional Learning is a Workout!

The Workout is a model I created for designing professional learning events related to technology integration with innovative teaching and learning. The Workout framework is effective for a variety of topics, such as digital storytelling, formative assessment, visual learning, global collaboration, anytime-anywhere communication, design thinking, blended learning, and problem-based learning.

Digital Citizenship Series

May 19, 2017

Seven Strategies to Get Students Talking and Thinking About Digital Citizenship

One of the challenges of teaching digital citizenship is to get students comfortable openly thinking and talking about key issues. We know students are constantly facing issues and making choices in their online lives. Creating an environment where students are encouraged to discuss issues helps them think critically about the choices they're making online. Here are some strategies to start students thinking and talking about digital citizenship.

Social Media Echo Chamber

May 12, 2017

Opening Students’ Minds: How to Combat the Social Media Echo Chamber

Social media has undoubtedly expanded classroom walls, but has it also closed the minds of our students? The echo chamber effect suggests so-students want to hear what they think is the truth and search for others through social media who agree with them.

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