Resources for Strengthening Awareness of Digital Citizenship
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, caregivers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of digital citizenship and encourages technology users to be responsible DIGItal citiZENS. The site shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and ways these issues relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviors. Students can explore games, films, and more. For example, they can view an award-winning film that helps to sensitize people to the hurt and pain that cyberbullying can cause. They can play the Digizen game to personalize and reinforce their learning about cyberbullying. Or they can explore social networking profiles to see if they can spot safe and unsafe choices. Students will also discover information and findings on the phenomenon of social networking, along with ways to use social networking sites and social media sites creatively and safely. Digizen’s social networking section provides tips for evaluating online resources, as well as helpful advice and ideas for promoting safe social networking. The section also shares examples of how social networks can and are being used in schools, at home, and on mobiles worldwide to support informal and formal learning.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in January.
Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom.
Described and Captioned Media Program’s (DCMP) Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is the first national reading event to put emphasis on the importance of captioned media as a reading tool for all children, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thousands of students have participated in this event since its inauguration in 2006. Teachers can order a freeRCAA kit, learn more about how captioning improves literacy, and find great ideas from teachers and parents on the RCAA website.
Educators can also use these captioned media resources from DCMP to celebrate Black History Month (February) and Presidents Day (February 18)—and throughout the year.