Digital Safety for CLE Eagles

Posted by on November 1, 2011 10:07 am
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This is a posting I made recently in a Digital Citizenship course, with this week’s topic being Digital Safety. Thought you might enjoy seeing some of the resource links.

“Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe” is our CLE School-wide expectation for positive behavior. I am planning on arranging my Digital Citizenship lessons around our PBS expectations. Our students have become much more familiar with these ideas since we have reviewed them regularly for several years now. It is nice being able to jump from school positive behavior directly to responsible behavior online, and digital safety. The students have certainly been prepped for thinking this way, and have good understanding of their role as digital citizens, or netizens.

We have been using iSafe for a number of years, and will continue. The iSafe lessons are a little less engaging than some of the other resources available, but we do teach a unit on them. I plan on inserting key resources within the iSafe lessons as I teach them each marking period. BrainPop is another great resource,and I use that regularly with students for all grades (1-5) at Cedar Lane ES. NetSmartz is a resource that students really enjoy coming back to multiple times from year to year. We have used that for about 5 years. Very dynamic.

The resources I am most interested in adding to our “toolkit” include Infinite Learning Lab, Webonauts on PBS Kids, Cyber Security in Delaware, and Disney Safe Surfing. They seem to be the best fit with the sites we are already using, and should appeal to most of my students. I am looking forward to getting lots of these links in place on our school website in the near future. This course really has provided a wealth of new sites/resources in one place. Thank you, course designers! 🙂

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