Apr 21, 2017
In my last blog, we explored activities to help students “frame the system” rather than game the system in order to think critically about the rules that should govern their digital lifestyles. Now I'd like to discuss an activity that helps students develop digital citizenship skills by imagining new technologies. The goal is for students to take charge of their futures by inventing it. Digital citizenship is often approached from a reactive perspective in response to unwanted behavior like cyberbullying or cyberstalking. In contrast, this activity approaches digital citizenship proactively, casting students in the roles of leaders and “imagineers.”
Apr 14, 2017
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 March.
Apr 07, 2017
A recent study by Gallup found that only one in five parents are fully engaged with their child's school. In my 19 years of teaching, I've tried every form of communication to bridge the gap between home and the classroom—emails, texting, blogging, a YouTube channel, Facebook.
Mar 31, 2017
Like many teachers, I am passionate about changing the world through connecting with our youngest citizens. My motivation stems from wanting the best for my students so they can succeed in their educational pursuits and find their place in the world. My passion drives me to help them develop lifelong learning as part of the fabric of their lives.
Mar 24, 2017
Whole class instruction concerns me. As I scan my students’ faces for signs of comprehension or confusion, I worry if I am speaking too slowly or quickly. Have I made the research process transparent enough?
Mar 17, 2017
We are up against a serious neurological challenge in terms of students making ethical decisions. For most of us, the brain's neo-cortex—where the seat of ethical judgment resides—is not fully formed until we reach our early twenties.
Mar 10, 2017
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 February.
Mar 03, 2017
Before the recent inauguration, then Vice-President Elect Pence accused the news media of being biased. As the media and Washington seem to be careening out of control, our students and their families are becoming more confused about navigating news.
Feb 24, 2017
Students can easily become discouraged and abandon research if their initial inquiry doesn't yield results. Generally, this issue can be traced to misreading the search results, taking the assignment guidelines literally, or fully formulating the final product before the student has even begun research.
Feb 17, 2017
As technology advances and our real lives (RL) increasingly blend with our online lives, the need for digital citizenship in education has never been more important.
Feb 10, 2017
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 January.
Feb 03, 2017
“Where is the best place to find the most accurate information for your research topic?” I asked my eighth graders who were on the cusp of their third Big Six research project
Jan 27, 2017
The majority of my students are uneasy with
research and for a long time I couldn’t figure out why. After all, in many ways
the Internet has made research easier than ever.
Jan 20, 2017
We're excited to bring you a new series from passionate digital citizenship advocate, Dr. Jason Ohler. The series will explore the importance of digital citizenship and provide strategies for integrating digital citizenship into schools.
Jan 13, 2017
It’s that time of year again where we reflect on
our accomplishments and our growth. We can see exactly how far we’ve come since
this time last year. Big Deal Media editors researched diligently to bring you
the latest and greatest ed tech resources.