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Nova Labs - PBS

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6 to 12
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the...more
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Engage in authentic scientific exploration with the games and interactives offered through Nova Labs. Engage in lab topics of cybersecurity, evolution, RNA, clouds, energy, and the sun. Each interactive includes a collection of videos providing background information. The site also shares educator guides specific to each lab with strategies for use.

tag(s): cells (83), critical thinking (103), energy (144), evolution (88), internet safety (112), Research (52), solar energy (33), sun (63), weather (171)

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Nova Labs provide many opportunities for engaging students in authentic learning situations. Consider using this site as an introduction to any of the included topics. For example, begin your energy unit by assigning the energy lab as homework or as a flipped learning activity. Watch the introductory video together, then allow students to explore the site on their own. Use Playposit, reviewed here, extend technology use by adding questions and student responses to videos to encourage critical thinking skills. Have students share their learning after participating in the lab by annotating images using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text, and links to help explain the project. Ask tech-savvy students to create their own learning games with Scratch, reviewed here, using information learned from their research.
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Blockly - Google

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Blockly is an open source library of drag and drop blocks to use for generating computer codes. Use each block to stack and add information to create code in an ...more
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Blockly is an open source library of drag and drop blocks to use for generating computer codes. Use each block to stack and add information to create code in an infinite number of ways. After creating your work using Blockly, use the drop-down box to view and copy the code in JavaScript, Python, and other coding formats. For full instructions on using Blockly, be sure to follow the link for Guides at the top of the Blockly home page.

tag(s): coding (75), computers (100), game based learning (161), STEM (214)

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Use Blockly as an interesting way to introduce coding to your class for beginners and experienced coders. Display Blockly on your interactive whiteboard or projector as you explore the different features of the site, then have students create and explore on their own. To generate ideas on how to use Blockly, have students practice using Blockly at Blockly Games, reviewed here. After school clubs can use Blockly to learn to code. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
 

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Online Teen Safety - StaySafe.org

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5 to 12
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware...more
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This guide shares online safety suggestions for teens and parents by providing basic facts and advice. Starting with tips for protecting hardware and devices from viruses and malware the site guides readers through a variety of valuable information. Additional topics include social media, scams and online shopping, and online bullying. Although the site lacks a lot of bells and whistles, it offers a great deal of information related to online safety and provides a starting point for further research.

tag(s): cyberbullying (42), internet safety (112)

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Include the information from this site with your other resources for teaching about online safety. Instead of creating a list of links for students, share safety tips with students by replacing the list using a bookmarking tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to share all resources including videos, websites, and more in one place. Invite students to add their own resources to the Padlet as a collaborative activity on internet safety. Create quizzes using Baamboozle, reviewed here, as a formative assessment during your online safety unit. Baamboozle is a quick and easy quiz creation tool to replace paper and pencil. Divide the class into groups to research the different topics found on this site then let them create their own Baamboozle quizzes for their classmates. Instead of teaching online safety in individual lessons, consider using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to create a learning path including all of your lessons. Have students follow at their own pace and use tools with the Learning Paths to offer differentiation for the abilities and interests of your students. To modify learning and further challenge students, have them create their own internet safety Learning Paths for classmates to complete.

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Fake It To Make It Game - Amanda Warner

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7 to 12
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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game ...more
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Learn about how and why fake news is created and distributed with this game where players earn money by spreading false news. Begin by selecting a guide for the game and choosing a financial goal. Follow the game to create your site and choose from different payment and options for monetizing information, while at the same time working toward optimum credibility. As the game continues, players select options for sharing their fake news to gain the maximum number of shares and likes. Throughout the game, follow your progress to your financial goal chosen at the beginning of the activity.

tag(s): journalism (65), news (237), newspapers (91), problem solving (233)

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More than ever, understanding the use of media to manipulate readers is a critical skill. Use this game as a supplement to lessons on verifying news sources and fact-checking. Help students discover trigger words found in fake news articles by creating lists of sensational words. Replace word lists with a word cloud creator like Wordsift, reviewed here, to help visualize the use of trigger words found in online news. Have students find fake news online to analyze for misrepresentations of facts. Instead of doing this as a pencil and paper project, ask students to transform their learning and use ThingLink, reviewed here, to share an image of the article and add links, images, and videos to "debunk" false information. As students become more familiar with recognizing fake news, have them use a comic creation tool like ToonyTool, reviewed here, to modify their learning by creating single frame cartoons with tips for avoiding false information then share these comics on your class or school webpage.

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Project Look Sharp - Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College

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Project Look Sharp promotes media literacy education and critical thinking skills through the offering of curriculum kits for classrooms in grades K-12; to find the kits click the Free...more
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Project Look Sharp promotes media literacy education and critical thinking skills through the offering of curriculum kits for classrooms in grades K-12; to find the kits click the Free Materials button. The free kits include teacher guides, handouts, assessments, and correlating digital media. Browse through all available kits, or filter by grade level or Common Core Standard. Each kit is available for download in its entirety or download individual lessons as desired; registration is required. Lesson contents cover a variety of topics including Global Warming, Presidential Campaigns, and Social Justice. Be sure to look through other sections of the site including professional development information and links to handouts from Project Look Sharp's presentations.

tag(s): american revolution (73), climate change (67), critical thinking (103), environment (232), martin luther king (32), media literacy (82), middle east (38), nutrition (139), OER (32), presidents (114), russia (30), social media (43)

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Become acquainted with these free curriculum kits and lessons to integrate media literacy within content already taught in the classroom. As you teach lessons found on the site, incorporate technology to enhance learning and build student understanding. Use Vocabulary.com, reviewed here, to introduce and develop vocabulary during individual activities. This tool allows you to enhance classroom technology use and create assignments using individual vocabulary lists then provide feedback and options for student revisions and peer feedback. Incorporate images with annotations to help students understand "big picture" ideas using ThingLink, reviewed here. For younger students create a ThingLink together as a class to add text, video, and more to images. Ask older students to create their own ThingLink sharing information learned throughout your lessons. Be sure to share all of your images on your class website for students to view at any time. To transform classroom technology use and as a culminating activity, use a digital book creation tool like Book Creator, reviewed here, as an alternative assessment to quizzes or tests. Include student-created writing, ThingLink images, and add videos with student commentary within each book. Be sure to provide students with your rubric to use as a guide before turning in digital books. Find many ideas for implementing rubrics for assessment along with examples and online tools at TeachersFirst Rubrics to the Rescue, reviewed here. Whether students work individually or in groups, be sure to share your new digital library related to your lesson topic with students to review and revisit at any time!
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Browse Happy - WordPress

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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. ...more
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Do you ever wonder if you have the latest updates to your Browser? Do you know about the different browsers available for use? Browse Happy provides the answers for you. Click on any of the browsers shared on the site to visit their website to download the latest version.

tag(s): browser (6)

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Keeping your browsers updated helps to provide the latest security for your computers. Use this site to discover the most popular browsers available. Download different browsers to compare and contrast features to find the one that is most user-friendly for your needs.

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Center for News Literacy - Stony Brook University

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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information...more
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The Center for News Literacy provides articles and courses to teach news literacy. Defined as learning critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information received, this site serves to help students and educators learn to evaluate materials from any source. Select from the courses offered including Deconstructing a Viral Video and Who Decides What is Newsworthy? The Course Packs include PowerPoint presentations with lesson materials along with final quizzes.

tag(s): internet safety (112), journalism (65), news (237), newspapers (91)

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Bookmark this site to stay up to date on the latest information on news literacy. Take advantage of the free lessons and courses to include with your lessons on evaluating news and news sources. Ask students to review online news and take notes with a tool such as Webnote, reviewed here; tell students to be sure to save the URL to share their notes and questions with you and their peers. Ask students to create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. In their screencast ask them to share different online articles and compare and contrast information shared by different sources. Share with parents as a resource for finding information to discuss with their student regarding the reliability of information and sources.

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Quick, Draw! - Google

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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and ...more
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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and find out if their neural network recognizes your doodles. After six drawings, view how well this site identifies your work. Click on any of your drawings to see how others drew the same thing. Be sure to take a look at the link to the world's largest doodling set to observe other pictures and learn about the scientific research behind the doodles.

tag(s): computers (100), drawing (58), keyboarding (30)

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Share this site with younger students to practice computer mouse skills. In art class, have students use this site to draw different images quickly, then have them use the links to view how others drew them. Discuss as a class what parts of drawings are essential in making the item identifiable.

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Coding In the Classroom Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (32), computers (100), critical thinking (103), design (81), problem solving (233), STEM (214)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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Turtle Academy - TurtleAcademy

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4 to 12
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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience,...more
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Turtle Academy offers lessons in LOGO programming language for beginner programmers. Select the lessons link to begin and follow lesson activities. For those with some programming experience, this site allows you to select any portion of lessons as a starting point. In addition to lessons, take advantage of Turtle Academy's playground to create, share, and save programs.
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tag(s): coding (75), computers (100), logic (178), STEM (214)

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Share Turtle Academy with students as part of a computer coding center. The ability to select different portions of lessons makes this a great tool for both novice and experienced programmers. Ask more proficient students to become advisors to newer programmers and share their knowledge and skills. Begin using this site by demonstrating lessons and activities on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector. Modify student learning and understanding by asking them to create video explainers for different skills using a tool like Rawshorts, reviewed here, then share videos on your class website for student use at any time. Looking for other coding activities for your classroom? Find more at TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom special topic page.

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Stay Safe Online - Stay Safe Online - NCSA

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6 to 12
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Stay Safe Online offers resources to help keep yourself, others, and your computer safe online. Visit the Resources page to find infographics, videos, logos and graphics and more. Click...more
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Stay Safe Online offers resources to help keep yourself, others, and your computer safe online. Visit the Resources page to find infographics, videos, logos and graphics and more. Click Stop.Think.Connect in the upper left corner of the menu to take you to page with tips and advice and even more resources. The tips and advice include Safety Tips for Mobile Devices (in many languages), doing a Digitial Spring Cleaning (with a checklist), What LGBTQ Communities Should Know About Online Safety, and many other practical tips about taxes, shopping online, Cyber Trip Adviser, etc. Before doing a task online, double check with Stay Safe Online and fight off the dark side of the web by using good cyber habits!

tag(s): digital citizenship (70), internet safety (112)

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Introduce this site or the accompanying pages of Stop.Think.Connect to show students how to navigate the resources. Then, allow pairs or small groups to choose from the tips and advice for further study and exploration. As a substitute for handwritten notes, have students document their learning and understanding by taking notes online with SuperNotecard, reviewed here. SuperNotecard can then be turned into a storyboard and used to create a multimedia digital story for students' siblings, parents, and peers. Show your students how to embed media modifying their work into a true digital story with one of these tools (click on the tool name to access the review): PicLits, Adobe Spark For Education, Kizoa, and My Simpleshow.

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Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) - Air Force Association

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K to 12
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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital ...more
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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital safety! Fill out the registration form and submit. You will quickly receive a link for downloading the kit which needs to be un-zipped and takes about five minutes. You'll find cover letters to parents, guardians, and educators, three interactive learning modules about online safety and cybersecurity principles, slides for classroom instruction, and a complete instructors guide (with descriptions for each module, vocabulary, games to print, and more). Students will learn basic computing skills to how to deal with complex issues like phishing and malware. Be sure to see the supplemental activities and videos. Though the lessons are labeled up to sixth grade, they are adaptable for eighth grade and ninth grade.

From this landing page also find the home page with all the information about CyberPatriot and check out the competitions that are for middle school, high school, and beyond. CyberPatriot brings you these real-world competitions in conjunction with the Cisco Networking Challenge. There is online training for competitors. Videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): computers (100), cyberbullying (42), digital citizenship (70), internet safety (112), STEM (214)

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Include materials from this site with any lessons or units for on online safety. For basic technology integration have younger students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share tips for their peers. Older students could use Flipgrid, too, or to take technology integration to the next level have students take notes about what they are learning about cyber safety using a tool like SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Next, have small groups of students share and compare their notes. Students can then use their notes as a storyboard to organize a presentation for their peers sharing safety tips. With their storyboards students or student groups can create online books sharing cybersafety tips using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes tools for making digital books that include images, text, and audio recordings. As a modification to the above, instead of using Book Creator, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation with a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here. Include links to learning modules on a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, on classroom computers for students to easily access materials.

High school students and your tech-savvy middle school students may be interested in the competitions where they will focus on network security. The competition would be very good for the student who thinks they would like a career in IT or computer science.
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Microsoft Virtual Academy - Microsoft

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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers,...more
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Find free online training for a variety of skills and products, delivered by experts in the field, at Microsoft Virtual Academy. Choose from the many courses offered for developers, IT pros, and data pros by topic or product. Some options include beginner courses and learning paths for students interested in technology careers. Participate in courses by viewing a series of videos then completing a final course assessment.

tag(s): computers (100), Microsoft (57), OER (32), STEM (214)

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Share the Virtual Academy with students interested in learning more about technology and considering careers in computer programming. Have students choose courses of interest to complete on their own as part of a computer technology course. Share with the leader of after-school computer clubs to supplement their current material.

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Microsoft MakeCode - Microsoft

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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory...more
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Learn computer science through hands-on learning projects for all ages at Microsoft MakeCode. Take advantage of project ideas to inspire computing projects for your classroom. Introductory courses for middle school students teach the basics of coding and beyond. Learn more through live sessions offered weekly by Microsoft team editors as they share tips for using different editing programs. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (75), makerspace (33), Microsoft (57), STEM (214)

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Make use of the resources offered by Microsoft to share with your students as they learn how to code. Share project ideas with students and include materials for them to create their projects as part of makerspace activities. Have students take pictures of their creation and enhance their learning by using ThingLink, reviewed here, to add audio to describe their creative process. Add images to your class website as part of your student work gallery. Challenge students to use Sway, reviewed here, to create an online multimedia page including images, video, and text to describe, evaluate, and share their work with coding projects. Include project ideas from the site and set up a makerspace during open house events at your school.

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Web Cultures Web Archive - Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress offers this collection to document and share information on emerging cultural traditions on the web. Information includes communication created through the use...more
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The Library of Congress offers this collection to document and share information on emerging cultural traditions on the web. Information includes communication created through the use of technology including GIFs, memes, online communities, emojis, and slang. Browse the site to view current entries or use the filters to sort by date or title. Other links allow users to find information on specific topics or languages.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), cultures (96), digital citizenship (70), STEM (214)

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Include this Library of Congress collection with your other resources shared with students for research. Consider using Padlet, reviewed here, to share resources with students. Sort information by topic and add notes then embed your Padlet onto your class website for student use. After studying information found on this site, ask students to create a short animated video using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to compare and contrast the cultures of different time periods or countries.

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Citizenship in the Digital Age (Infographic) - Diana Fingal

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4 to 12
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Discover the parallels and differences between a good citizen and a good digital citizen with this interesting infographic. The nine points shared compare the hallmarks of good citizenship...more
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Discover the parallels and differences between a good citizen and a good digital citizen with this interesting infographic. The nine points shared compare the hallmarks of good citizenship to the similar applications in digital citizenship. Be sure to check out the related links shared on this page to learn more about promoting good digital citizenship.

tag(s): cyberbullying (42), digital citizenship (70), infographics (51), internet safety (112)

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Share this infographic on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector with students as part of ongoing discussions on becoming good digital citizens. Ask students to create their own infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share different components of online safety and responsibility. Consider having groups of students create weekly podcasts sharing tips and information on digital citizenship. Podcast Generator, reviewed here, is a free tool for creating and sharing podcasts.

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Sinespace - Sine Wave Entertainment Ltd

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Create and participate in a virtual world community with Sinespace's next-generation virtual world platform. Choose the explore link for an overview of some of the most recent and popular...more
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Create and participate in a virtual world community with Sinespace's next-generation virtual world platform. Choose the explore link for an overview of some of the most recent and popular regions created by users in the site. Sign up using your email to access creation tools and choose your avatar. Use tools to personalize your avatar and build your virtual region including vehicles and home backgrounds. The free basic plan includes one region with ten concurrent users. At the time of this review, Sinespace works on PC that has Windows/Mac/Linux. Though they are working on Android and iOS versions.

tag(s): animation (59), coding (75), computers (100), digital storytelling (128), STEM (214)

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Be sure to check with your Technology Department, as many districts require authorization to download or install new applications. Plan ahead as you request that this application be installed on your classroom or laptop cart computers. Share Sinespace on classroom computers and allow students to create and explore on their own. Consider sharing with "tech savvy" students first and let them learn how to create within the site's program. After some students become experts, share Sinespace with other students to begin learning how to work within a virtual environment. Use an infographic creation tool like Canva, reviewed here, to create and share tips for using Sinespace. Once students learn how to perform specific functions, ask them to create an explainer video for other students use using Adobe Spark Video Creator, reviewed here.

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Google Help - Google Support

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Explore educational videos providing help with Google products on this YouTube Channel. The site provides playlists offering support for Chromebooks, protecting and using Google accounts,...more
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Explore educational videos providing help with Google products on this YouTube Channel. The site provides playlists offering support for Chromebooks, protecting and using Google accounts, using Gmail and Drive, and much more. Choose individual videos or select playlists by topic to find up to date help in using Google tools. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): Google (20), video (240)

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Bookmark this site on classroom computers for easy reference when working with Google products. Have students create their own support videos using a tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, or My Simpleshow, reviewed here, for any technology issues that arise in your classroom. Remember, you can take screenshots (Printscrn button on Windows or Command+Shift+4 on Mac), and include those in a video. You will need to convert the screenshot to a JPG. This can be done easily and quickly using CloudConvert, reviewed here. Share the students created videos using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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Google Lesson Plans - Google in Education

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Google provides a series of lessons correlated to career readiness and reading standards in three different levels to teach students how to search effectively. Select from topics including...more
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Google provides a series of lessons correlated to career readiness and reading standards in three different levels to teach students how to search effectively. Select from topics including picking the correct search terms, understanding results, and evaluating the credibility of sources. Find additional lessons related to culture, geography, history, and science by clicking the link for "A Google a Day Challenges," reviewed here.

tag(s): Google (20), search engines (52), search strategies (24)

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Take advantage of these free lessons to teach safe and effective search techniques to use with any search engine. Create a classroom Padlet, reviewed here, with columns for students to share tips on using any technology tool. Include a column for search tips, and specific columns for tools or websites commonly used by your students. Have individual or groups of students create their own lessons using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to teach how to use any technology. This tool allows creators to add videos, quizzes, websites, images, and more into a gamification-based learning resource.

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Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) - College of Education, University of South Florida

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The Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) has an extensive collection of resources for integrating technology into classroom instruction. Find over 100,000 pieces of digital...more
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The Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) has an extensive collection of resources for integrating technology into classroom instruction. Find over 100,000 pieces of digital content including clip art, audio files, historical maps, and more for classroom use by students and teachers. Find resources and professional development in their Technology Integration Matrix (TIM), reviewed here, including graphics, PDF's, and evaluation tools. Each month FCIT curates and shares digital collections related to holidays and important events in history.

tag(s): images (250), maps (218), professional development (236), teaching strategies (33)

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Bookmark this site to find digital content for use with any project. Discover the many free resources and training in TIM as part of your professional development activities as you learn to target the effective use of technology within classroom instruction. Plan monthly staff training sessions based on different aspects of technology integration. Use FlipGrid, reviewed here, to discuss essential questions or as a collaborative tool for sharing ideas and problem solving with peers. Flipgrid offers tools for short, collaborative video responses for classes and groups.
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