Posts Tagged ‘1:1’

PLN+ Students= Good Stuff

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I love snuggling into bed and spending some quality time with my RSS feed. I read posts that motivate me as an educator, stimulate thought, challenge me to evaluate my beliefs/practices, AND,of course, you’ve got to love the great links to amazing educational websites/applications. On a regular basis I’m introduced (thanks to my PLN) to new web apps/websites that just sing out to be passed along to one or some or ALL of my fellow teachers at Grand View. I like sharing these resources.

Lately, I’m passing resources along to another group… our 1:1 students. We currently have about 120 6-8th grade students in our 1:1 program. Grand View is a rural district, and the school has a family-like atmosphere; especially when compared to the suburban middle school I attended. Students and faculty all know each other pretty well. Recently, when I ran into a blog post about students planning and designing a construction project, I immediately thought of a student that loves architecture and structural engineering. I decided to send him the link on edmodo. This student came up to me the next day and told me how much he liked the link and thanked me for passing it along. Now that’s pretty cool. Since then I’ve started sending links of interests out to one or some or ALL of our 1:1 students. Some of the students are catching onto this whole “sharing cool stuff” action on edmodo. Students have begun sharing links to cool and useful websites- they like sharing the resources they find too. Im excited and looking forward to learning a lot from the students members of my PLN.


Let’s Get This Party Started…

Posted: May 18, 2010 in PD
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 8 Secrets of Success- TED Talk   

The Digital Disconnect: The widening gap between Internet-savvy students and their schools

Internet Safety in Schools: Overcoming the Fear Factor



The elements of Digital Citizenship, defined by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey are as follows:    


  • Digital Access
    • Making sure that all students have equal access to digital tools like laptops, digital cameras and the Internet
    • Providing time and equipment for students with special needs
    • Making students aware of locations and resources you can use off campus
  • Digital Commerce
    • Using computers to buy and sell items on commercial websites and auction sites
    • Subscribing and purchasing media using tools like iTunes
  • Digital Communication
    • Exchanging information using:
      • email
      • cell phones
      • instant messaging

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      • text messaging
      • web pages/blogs/wikis

Our students have the tools of digital communication at their fingertips…they also face pressure to share nude pics, participate in sexting, and experience harassment via texts and IMs. has teen-friendly resources and forums that encourage kids to make the right choices.  

  • Digital Literacy
    • Learning about the basics of using a computer
    • Evaluating online resources to make sure they are truthful and accurate
    • Learning how to find information on a specific topic on the Internet
  • Digital Etiquette
    • Using technology in a way that doesn’t affect others negatively
    • Using technology only when it is appropriate
    • Respecting others online by not posting information that is hurtful or untrue.
  • Digital Law
    • Understanding how to use and share music, photos, and movies legally
    • Creating original works that are free from plagiarism
    • Respecting the privacy of others and the integrity of networks in terms of passwords and data
  • Digital Rights and Responsibilities
    • Following Acceptable Use Policies
    • Using technology responsibly
    • Reporting inappropriate use of technology resources
  • Digital Health and Wellness
    • Using proper hand placement and posture when keyboarding
    • Balancing time spent using digital tools with time spent offline
  • Digital Security
    • Protecting hardware and network security by using secure and secret passwords
    • Protecting personal security by not posting personal information online

The expansion of digital resources, Internet use at school and home, and the proliferation of technology in our society  expands it is our job as mentors, teachers, and education facilitators to not only model good digital citizenship but also instruct and inform our students about the importance of responsible use.  


Digital etiquette is an informal code of conduct for behavior in a digital environment. This is a tough one for young and old alike! Virginia Shea, author of “Net Etiquette,” has a great guideline for digital environments:   

 Remember the human. In the text-only world of cyberspace, it’s easy to distance yourself from situations and forget that on the other side of these streams of text are real people that can be offended, annoyed, or inconvenienced by your actions. Reminding yourself of their humanity every so often keeps you in touch with your own.   

 Online Etiquette Basics

Whenever you work and communicate online, there are some basic rules you should follow:   

Think before you send.   

If you send an email or post a message in anger, it could come back to haunt you later.  The same goes for pictures and videos you post online.  Even when something is deleted from a page, it may still be out there waiting to be found when you least expect it.   

Respect the time and bandwidth of others.
Don’t pass along emails that contain hoaxes, or send messages to the entire student body.  The same goes for sending large videos or attachments in an email message.  It wastes everyone’s time when they have to wade through extra information to get to the important stuff.   

 I think we should hire Dwight Shrute to monitor appropriate use!   

Don’t send messages that could be misinterpreted as threatening or hurtful.
Be careful about the language you use as well as the information you pass along about others.  Sending messages that could be seen as threatening may result in disciplinary action.     

Follow the conventions of writing when sending formal emails or posting comments online.
Unless the message you’re sending is informal (such as a text message to a friend), you should use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.      

Respect others’ right to privacy.
Don’t use technology to pass along rumors or share personal information about someone without their permission. The same goes for posting names and photos of others.     

Bonus Video… 

 Math Class Needs a Makeover—Video