If you have more questions Upper School Head, Colleen Welsh and Aaron Hovel gave a talk about Raising Children in the Digital Age. We also have a Parent Resource Page with more information on this blog. In addition, please feel free to reach out to the Tech Department at any time.
This week is Digital Citizenship week! To kick off our Tech Communications for the year, we are sharing resources that we hope you will find useful for your Digital Citizenship work in the classroom this year. We request that a message go home after you cover any digital citizenship lessons to help families continue the conversation and reinforce topics at home. Please reach out to the Tech Department if you need assistance with a message to parents or if you need help implementing anything this year.
For Grades 1 – 5BrainPop has free access to their Digital Citizenship Collection. Their learning pathways tackle topics like Information Privacy, Media Literacy, and Digital Etiquette and students do activities where they can apply what they have learned and teachers can easily access understanding. There is also an extensive list of Teacher Digital Citizenship Resources available.
For Grades 3 – 5Be Internet Awesome by Google helps kids become safe, confident explorers of the online world. Their curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals in the classroom and students apply their learning via Interland, a playful browser-based game that makes this topic interactive and fun. Click here to access Teacher Training for this curriculum. For Grades 6 – 9 the Applied Digital Skills by Google is a well developed free computer literacy course designed to prepare students for a growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. With their Applied Digital Skills Curriculum learners explore units and apply skills in real world activities that practice topics like planning an event, creating an interactive guide and many more.
For Grades 3 – 9, ThisDigital citizenship and social emotional learning article outlines how character strengths can be used in a positive way to navigate digital dilemmas. Their Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Guide contains a set of scenarios that students may face at some point in their lives and encourages conversation about character with the goal of developing strengths like humility and perseverance.
Common Sense Media Ed Tech Reviews – Their EdTech reviews and supporting resources can help you bring tech tools to your classroom via a collection of age appropriate resources curated by knowledgeable educators.
Let’s be honest, devices can be distracting for everyone, not just students. Who among us hasn’t had trouble ignoring the buzz in your pocket during a conversation or a task that needs your focus. The problem is that focus when learning is critical. Contrary to popular belief research has shown that it is not possible to multitask while learning new information.
So how do we deal with distractions in the classroom when students have devices. Common Sense Media has a great web page with lots of resources for teachers, students, and parents.
Have you mastered distractions in your classroom. What techniques work well for you. Do you see something on this website that you want to try? Share them in the comments section.
Last week you heard from the Lower and Middle School about the benefits of using SeeSaw with students. This week we are sharing how SeeSaw is being used as an extension to some Upper School Math classrooms at Pike (4.5 minutes, see video above or click here to watch). You won’t want to miss hearing Becky Miller’s 7th Grade Math students talking about what they like about using SeeSaw, and the video also features Nicole DeRosa’s teacher perspective. If you would like help getting started with SeeSaw in the new year, please let the tech department know.
For some more SeeSaw Activity ideas for Grades 6 – 8 click here.
*Big thanks for your help 7th Graders, Nicole and Becky!
For week 5 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, we are sharing a couple of videos (4 minutes) about how 1st and 3rd grades are using Seesaw as a digital portfolio app to engage parents, teach digital citizenship, and encourage students to reflect on their learning. Seesaw is one of the best educational apps to come out in the last couple of years so, I encourage you to carve out some time to check it out. Are you using Seesaw? Share how you’re using it in the comment section.
Collaborating with other classes around the world is a great learning experience for students. The hardest part is finding projects. Look no further. Projectsbyjen.com is a great resource for finding and participating in PreK -6 global projects. There is a wide range of projects both in topic and length. Some projects are 1 day long others are longer term.
In the video below, I describe the website annotation features of Diigo. Leave me a comment if there is a particular feature you would like me to review or if there is something else that might be helpful.
Ever have trouble finding a web page you just looked at yesterday? Are your bookmarks a mess and hard to find? Wish you could curate a list of bookmarks for your students and give them a link to access them. Wouldn’t it be great if you could highlight a webpage and see those highlights when you come back to them later? Diigo is your answer. Over the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of blog posts on how to get started with Diigo. This first post is an overview of the features. This way you’ll get a flavor of what Diigo can do. Watch the video below and then go to www.diigo.com and click sign up to create an account and you’ll be ready for the next post. Or you can click this link to watch the video.
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