November 21, 2016
The nonprofit Common Sense media is a great educational platform for teachers and educators seeking to enhance their professional development growth and learn about classroom-tested ways to integrate technology in teaching. A huge part of the resources featured in Common Sense are related to the concept of Digital Citizenship. There are lessons, tips, teaching activities, posters, videos, toolkits and several other materials to help teachers both learn and teach the ethos of digital citizenship. Besides these resources, the site also features three important tools designed specifically to teach kids and students about digital citizenship, two of these tools have already been reviewed in previous posts here in EdTech and mLearning and the third tool (Digital Bytes) is to be featured here for the first time. Check them out below and as always share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Enjoy
1- Digital Bytes
‘Digital Bytes teaches teens digital citizenship through student-directed, media-rich activities that tackle real-world dilemmas. Teens learn from the experiences of their peers then create collaborative projects that voice their ideas for making smart, safe choices online. Digital Bytes is ideal for after-school programs, community centers, or blended-learning classrooms that need short, relevant activities that teach digital citizenship and critical thinking about media consumption and creation.’
2- Digital Passport
Digital Passport is an excellent web tool and mobile app designed for students in grade 3-5 to educate them on the fundamentals of digital citizenship and help them stay safe while using the net. Digital Passport provides learners with a variety of engaging activities and games such as ‘playing platform games, creating digital mashups, and playing other fast-paced games, all while learning important lessons about leading a safe and responsible digital life.’ As a teacher, you can set up classrooms and monitor student progress through generated reports. Digital Passport offers 5 modules that take about 45 minutes in its entirety. They particularly focus on critical skills related to digital safety, respect and community. Other topics covered include: passwords, cyberbullying, privacy, communication, creative credit, and search. More details and instructions on how to set up students accounts, and monitor their progress can be found here.
3- Digital Compass
Digital Compass is a new tool released by Common Sense Media to help kids learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship and digital literacy through playing interactive games designed specifically for grades 6-9. The games came in the form of a simulation of the digital world we live in and provides kids with an informed understanding of the implication.