Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is a one stop shop for information on cyberbullying. Use the resources from this site to put together a parent information night on cyberbullying. Teachers, librarians and counselors can use the videos and present them at a staff meeting. Purchase copies of the book "Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard" and run a book club. Post the links to the resources for students on your website for students to access from home or during library time. Include this resource as part of a schoolwide anti-cyberbullying campaign, challenging students to make their own anti-cyberbullying posters, videos, or songs.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomSave this site in your favorites to integrate new technologies for 21st century learning. Then make a point of stopping to explore the new ideas on this site regularly -- or whenever you need inspiration. Challenge yourself to start by using one of these new writing ideas per marking period. You may get hooked. Teaching writing is undoubtedly undergoing a huge change, and the models, tips, and information from Digital Is can help you discover how to use digital writing as a means to develop critical thinking, strategies, and skills that enrich learning beyond just the traditional. An added bonus to trying these ideas is that your students will see writing as something "now" not something "required." Make digital writing part of your teaching vocabulary.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site will be a good addition to any internet safety program. Put this link on your class webpage as a resource for parents. The site is quite text heavy so use this site to help you put together a cyberbullying presentation. Administer the "Are you a cyberbully?" quiz and have students discuss the results in small groups. Use the information found in Ms. Parry's guide to correct online etiquette and have students work in groups to create skits. Teachers could use the materials section to create handouts and lessons.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomShare these sites as part of pumpkin day at your school as you count and graph pumpkin seeds in math class, prepare pumpkin recipes in science, and write pumpkin stories. Save the mess and make a virtual pumpkin carving station on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of a Fall Festival. Take a screen shot of your "best" pumpkin to accompany student writing on your class blog. On Windows, press the PrntScrn key to COPY your screen, then PASTE it into a document. You will want to use the crop tool to eliminate stuff around the edges. On a Mac, it's shift+command+4 to get a tool you use to select the portion of your screen to "screenshot." Then use the image file saved on your desktop as your illustration. You might even want to make a class book of pumpkin designs and stories.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomUse these resources indepedently or select the best ones for YOUR students to continually model ethical and safe behavior online. You will find plenty of resources for teaching adolescents internet safety and how to be a good online citizen. Use your interactive whiteboard and projector for the presentations that accompany the lessons, the videos, and the questions. Have students create their own internet safety videos and share them using a tool such as YouTube, SchoolTube (reviewed here), or TeacherTube (reviewed here). Post parts of this site on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. You will also want to share this with parents.
Grades1 to 4
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work individually or in pairs to use their mouse or keypad to become a certified hero by clicking on the answers to 8 multiple-choice questions. Upon completion, you can print an Internet Safety Certificate and a copy of the questions for review. Make frequent reference to the basic principles learned from this site to reinforce them whenever students go online. Have cooperative learning groups explore this site together and write down the key topics highlighted at this site. Challenge groups to create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here, highlighting the Internet safety tips they learned while visiting this site. Be sure to share the link with parents on your class website or in your class newsletter. They will appreciate the cooperative approach to protecting their children and can reinforce the same skills at home.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomEncourage students to use this tool to enhance projects and presentations. With "color hunter," multimedia presentations can have the look and feel of their subject. For example, enhance a report on Ancient Greece by entering a key word such as Parthenon and immediately receive color schemes characteristic of this period in time. Suggest this page as a tool to help students create online posters using sites such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or Motiveator reviewed here. Students studying web design can use this free site to develop web pages around a key photo. Art teachers can also use this tool on a projector or interactive whiteboard to show analogous/complementary color schemes in photos, then "pull" the colors to help students "see" them.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomFamiliarize yourself with the specifics of YoLink by viewing the information on the front page.
Be sure to teach copyright (for material instantly copied to a Google doc) and how to use good keywords to search when using this tool. Students may find comparing results of YoLink with those of Google, Wolfram Alpha, Yahoo, and other popular search engines very productive. Compare the findings on an interactive whiteboard or projector to discuss not only the usefulness of the search results but also how different words in the search query can bring different results.
Use this site as you discuss how to search and use materials on the web. Practice showing different searches and aspects of the searches that are useful. Challenge students to use these sites for individual research projects. Use YoLink to find specific information about a curriculum topic and use the search results to begin discussion of the concepts.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomAdopt this idea in your professional life as you correspond with parents (or suggest it to your administrator). Try adopting Five Sentences as your New Year's resolution. Though students today rarely USE email, share emails with them -- and the Five Sentences limit -- as writing prompts for a five sentence response to teach concise, purposeful writing and 'netiquette. (Note that this review, not including this aside, is 5 sentences!)
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomProvide this link as a resource to your students. Allow them the opportunity to learn techniques to move and manage their online information. Consider putting this link on your class website for students (and parents) to access at home.
Grades6 to 12
General Tips and Reminders: There are ads along the top center that may interfere with the sites content. Be sure to thoroughly review the site before using it with students.
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In the ClassroomTeachers of design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator will want to take advantage of the site's free web tutorials. The systematic directions are perfect to use on an interactive whiteboard for whole class instruction. Create a resource library full of links to Abduzeedo's design tutorials for students to practice with both in and outside of class.To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabbloreviewed here. Art teachers may want to take advantage of the sponsored ads on the right side of the page. These can lead to wonderful additional sites such as the "art house co-op" that is full of global art projects such as the "Sketch Book Project." Some of the other links contain valuable excursions, but could lead to inappropriate material.
Obtain parent permission before posting any student work on this sharing site. There is also an accompanying app for Mac users available for free on iTunes.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomExplore the tools and project suggestions by grade for your individual use as a teacher or work together with others in your school to build literacy across all subjects and grades by systematically adopting and repeatedly using a fixed collection of tools so students master the tool skills as an aside to reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Try the practical suggestions for implementing this model in your school or grade level team.
Grades5 to 12
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In the ClassroomThe software needs to be installed, but it is easy because onscreen directions are given. Just a click or two and you are ready to use Jing. Once it is installed and the program is running, there will be a sun in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Scroll over the sun, and you will see three rays come out of it. Capture (to take a picture of your screen), History (a type of screen scrapbook), and More (which has preferences and the quit to turn off the program).
Users unable to install software on school computers should request that the tech department install Jing on at least SOME machines.
Try to record a screen sequence using this web 2.0 tool to make how-to directions for projects and post to your class web page along with the assignment. Students can make a "tour" of online PROJECTS they CREATE or a tour of a web site they critique. Record a demo of safe internet practices and include it on your class web page for parents and kids, and help learning support students (or techno-apprehensive teachers) with VISUAL directions for computer tasks. Have students make projects that show how misleading some Internet advertising can be or to explain effective design principles used in a web site. Take an image of part of a site and annotate it, create a link for students to access from home on your classroom website or blog. Pronounce and define key vocabulary. Provide directions to explain and/or demonstrate how to create classroom projects, how projects will be graded, or where to find information on the internet. Narrate an Internet path, a site, or a series of pictures. Create an online book or comic strip and then narrate it, share your creation on a site such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Use in math or science to show and describe the steps in an equation or process.
Parent permission advised before posting student work created using this tool
Requires registration/log-in (WITH email)
Products can be embedded
Products can be shared by URL
Requires download/installation of software
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomUse clipart in powerpoint presentations. Share the site with the students and have them create presentations with them. Just remember to give credit to the source!
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is very simple to use. Simply type in the term you are searching and click "search."
This site is as safe as any other search engine. Just be sure students are aware of the consequences of misusing the search engine.
Use Goofram the next time that you use search in your classes. Discuss the difference between each side of the screen where both parts appear. What is the advantage of Wolfram Alpha vs. Google? Use this site as you discuss how to search and use materials on the web. Practice showing different searches and aspects of the searches that are useful. Challenge students to use these sites for individual research projects.