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Digital Citizenship in Schools - More Than Web Filters?

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”― Alvin Toffler Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. (Source)Digital Citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. (Source)Too often schools and educators do little more than hide behind a web filter and leave the digital citizenship to the students. Web filters have their place, but in a digital world, I believe schools and teachers have some responsibility to support students as digital citizens. 

We will be updating our Digital Citizenship Resources here as new resources are discovered. Here are a few of our favorite resources for teachers, parents, students, and schools to support digital citizenship and digital literacy. 
Google Digital Citizenship & Safety Course
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How Will You Inspire Your Students to Be Curious Lifelong Learners?

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney

We live in an incredible age. The digital revolution in education has given us access to the knowledge of the world. Anything you want to know is just a few clicks away. As educators, one of our jobs is to inspire students to ask questions and explore answers. In the perfect world, these questions lead to answers that lead to more questions.

Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post about using lesson hooks to engage students. I shared a few digital resources that I use to engage, motivate, and inspire students.
Inspiration and Engagement - The Lesson Hook This post started me on my a journey connected to Curiosity in the classroom. I've been fortunate to facilitate some professional development sessions and I've started to organize some resources connected to Curiosity in the Classroom. I still have more questions than answ…

Google Classroom Essential Tips

Google Classroom IntroductionGoogle Classroom is a great workflow solution from Google Apps for Education. It is important to understand that Google Classroom is not a traditional website that can be fully customized. Google classroom is more of a Learning Management System. Classroom allows teachers to post announcements, assignments, ask questions, share resources, and create a calendar of due dates in a secure online location.
Google Classroom is an essential tool to support collaboration, communication, and digital workflow connected to Google Apps for Education.
We've created this Google Doc to connect new and experienced users with Google Classroom Resources and Updates. 

Google Classroom Essential Tip 1: Teacher and Student Views It is important to understand both the teacher and student view of Google Classroom. Teachers signing into Classroom for the first time should sign-up as a teacher. Teachers can create sample classes and invite other teachers as students. This will h…

Developing a Future Ready Classroom With the 4 Cs

The skills connected to collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are essential for all students. The best classroom activities provide students with opportunities to practice these skills in learner-centered environments.
Collaboration - Students need the opportunity to work with their peers in both the physical and digital work-space. A classroom full of students with headphones in front of their screens is a dull place no matter how engaging the activity might be. Students also need to learn that collaboration is more than divide and conquer. Communication - Personal and digital communication are essential skills that must be developed in a learner-centered classroom. It is also important for students to understand best practices as a "digital citizens" connected to their modes of communication. Critical Thinking - If the students can "Google" the answer, did I really need to be asking it? Being connected is more than just access to answers.…

Google Keep & The Organized Digital Student

Google Keep can be a powerful tool for organization and workflow.

If you need help when working with G Suite Education Resources, click on the G Suite Training icon near the top right of the computer screen. 

The G Suite Training extension consists of searchable interactive video resources and tutorials to support teachers and students. If you do not see the G Suite Training Symbol, make sure you are signed into Chrome

Here are a few of our favorite tips. If you are looking for a way to organize this for students, please explore our Google Keep Interactive Tutorial

1. Start With Color to Organize Classes
Notes and Lists can be color-coded to match classes or to group resources.
Click here to learn more about changing the color of a note. 

2. Use Labels to Support Class Projects and Connect Resources
Labels can be used to organize resources and connect them to classes. Notes and lists can have more than 1 label.

Click here to learn more about labels in Google Keep. 

3. Pin Important Notes an…