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NEW lessons can be found via the top toolbar under DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP BY GRADE. You’ll find a number of activities grouped by categories to include in your classroom experiences. These offer the opportunity to integrate into your curriculum throughout the year. More will be coming.


After humming and humming some more – we have a winner for the month of February! Well two winners actually. Congratulations and ‘high-fives’ to the classes of Liane Karvelis/Jennifer Raptis at Capitol Hill and Derek Milloy at Douglas Road.  Their sites, The Bell Tower’s ABuzz and Mr Milloy’s Class show creativity and genius in how they made it real with the students. We invite you to hop on over and check out their sites. I see pizza coming their way.

Next month (oooh that’s next week) is March – Internet Safety. Put on your thinking caps, splash in some puddles and come join us.

Technologies have offered many opportunities to communicate. The internet is a source of information and social connections. What used to be held to a select few, can now be used to amplify your voice. This is unlike London, England’s Hyde Park “Speakers Corner“, but an instantaneous sharing to the world of anything you post. For example, social media was the place used to gather and share information on the recent west coast earthquake that rocked the lower mainland, not the usual news channels. Social media is now the most “go to” place for both news and for connecting with friends and family (near and far). For many, there is no dividing line.

The challenge of amplication is that the quickness of our fingers is speedier than the thoughtfulness of our thinking brain (pre-frontal cortex). Sometimes it helps to use a graphic as a visual cue reminder.  This is a quick way for students (and adults) to self assess whether they should or should not be posting content or consider the type of  content they are posting. The acronym “THINK” is an easy one to remember. (I think I see a rap in the future – any takers?)  Perhaps this can also be used as a conversation piece at home.


Click Here for a Landscape, Print Friendly THINK Poster.

Last year, a Digital Youth Summit was hosted by MediaSmarts and ICTC where they asked teens for their ideas on how to make the online environment a better place for everyone. Their comments were part of this tip sheet, Be Respectful, Patient and Kind: How Youth are Building a Better World Online. Parents might consider using this as a discussion point at home.


Relationships & Communications – February

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Relationships are built on our understandings of values and beliefs (valuesbeliefsfamily, community, cultural community, school). These values impact our behaviours and actions.

During the month of February, our Digital Citizenship focus is on Relationships and Communication. This beginning lesson explores the idea of friendship as part of relationships and offers opportunities to extend into other units of study. Click here to download the lesson in pdf.  You will also find other resources at Common Sense Media (link on sidebar), Media Smarts.

We’re spreading the news through social media. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #sd41digicit to share your story. If you or your class is blogging, use it to tell your journey. Your school website is another place to share. Your voices are important.



Getting to Know the Apps your Kids are Using!

snapchat_img2Read the online article, What Parents Need to Know About Snapchat.   Author: Ashley MacQuarrie

Questions to think about.

  1. Why is this tool popular among children?
  2. What are the potential issues using this app?
  3. If your child uses this app, what are some good practices and expectations you have around its use.

Talk to your child(ren).

What are some things they can do to safeguard themselves?  Empower them to make good decisions about what they post and the digital footprint they leave.

More Apps your kids are using coming in the following weeks.  Stay Tuned.

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