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 Modeling and helping students learn about Internet safety is the responsibility of every adult in our students' lives, including teachers in all subject areas and parents at home. As adults learn more about wise online behavior and build awareness of our own digital footprints, we must continue to share and openly discuss these issues with the young people in our classrooms and homes. Use these resources to stay up to date on the pros and cons of technology's capabilities. Build awareness instead of fear as you and your students discover how the power of the Internet can be harnessed for safe learning and communication.  Be sure also to visit the TeachersFirst Edge for teacher-friendly tips on using today's web tools safely and within school policies. 

 

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Try the Google Yourself - BackgroundCheck.org

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9 to 12
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Take the "Google Yourself" Challenge to find out what others may learn about you by searching the Internet. This infographic provides information on personal online sharing such as...more
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Take the "Google Yourself" Challenge to find out what others may learn about you by searching the Internet. This infographic provides information on personal online sharing such as the number of people with phone numbers, birth dates, photos, and other information readily available online. Take the challenge and search for your name on Google to find what personal information you have online. Find what others with your name may have online and may get confused with you. Learn also who may be looking you up on search engines and why this is important to know.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (27), infographics (42), internet safety (101)

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Share this infographic on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) and discuss with students as part of online safety lessons and digital citizenship. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students complete the challenge as an informative exercise before completing college applications.

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Scrim - Basem

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4 to 12
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your ...more
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Protect your email address and reduce spam with Scrim. Scrim converts your email address into a short, safe link for sharing on Twitter, forums, or any public site. Enter your email and add a unique ending to the Scrim URL to receive your unique code. Copy and paste the code for use on social networking sites, documents, or forums.
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tag(s): internet safety (101)

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Use Scrim whenever sharing your email address on Twitter or other social networking sites to avoid receiving spam. Share with older students as part of your cyber safety lessons.
 

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Netwars - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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9 to 12
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Immerse yourself in the all-too-real world of cyber warfare through this interactive documentary. While possibly a bit alarmist, this project tells the story of cyber warfare using...more
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Immerse yourself in the all-too-real world of cyber warfare through this interactive documentary. While possibly a bit alarmist, this project tells the story of cyber warfare using several types of media: online video "webdoc," a graphic novel app (device agnostic and free), a fictional eBook/audiobook/paper book, and interview clips from real world experts on cyber security. Unfortunately, the "webdoc" video intro includes an expletive inappropriate for a classroom, so you will want to preview and probably skip the intro if sharing this in a school setting. Check out the Facts section for tips on protecting your own online data and browsing information. View the web documentary videos using the latest browser version of Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (101), internet safety (101)

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Use portions of this site with more mature students to spark discussion about the real (or unreal?) threats of cybersecurity. Every week, news stories about data breaches and hacking proliferate. Include this site as one of many current events topics in a government or civics class where you talk about the issues facing both the executive and legislative branches -- as well as the constitutionality of some proposed solutions. In a research unit in English class, include this as a site to be evaluated. Is this a reliable source? Does it show bias? Is the threat portrayed substantiated with facts or is it designed to scare the audience? Have student groups write and create a web tour using a tool such as Screencast-o-matic (reviewed here) to make an argument about the site and support their points with examples from the site's visual "text." Challenge gifted students to research other evidence supporting or debunking the facts from this site. Since the site is also available in German, world language teacher may want to share it with more advanced German students for language listening and practice.

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Welcome to Hector's World - ThinkUKnow

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K to 3
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Watch Hector and his friends learn to use computers safely through cartoons and puzzles. Six cartoons provide lessons on Internet dangers and computer safety. Each episode also includes...more
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Watch Hector and his friends learn to use computers safely through cartoons and puzzles. Six cartoons provide lessons on Internet dangers and computer safety. Each episode also includes a coloring book in PDF format. Piece together online jigsaw puzzles for each of the characters in Hector and friends. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight pronunciation and spelling differences.

tag(s): digital citizenship (27), internet safety (101), preK (251)

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View computer safety videos together on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Print coloring books for students to complete to reinforce concepts. Be sure to share a link to this site on your class web page or newsletter for parents to use at home with students. Use this site as part of your digital citizenship unit in the younger grades.
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Story of the Web - Jack Schofield

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5 to 12
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important...more
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Celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web with this retrospective in interactive form. Scroll through to read about the first ideas and learn about the explosive growth and important events throughout the years. Choose auto-play to watch the timeline unfold or scroll at your own pace. As you progress through the story, watch for links to web stories. Viewers of the site share their personal memories each step along the way. Hover your mouse over the right side of your screen to link to the entire report in PDF format.

tag(s): computers (48), internet safety (101), inventors and inventions (98)

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Story of the Web is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector in a unit on technology and invention or in a computer literacy class. Share this site with students who have grown up on the Internet to provide an understanding of how quickly technology has developed. Compare it to the development of a human being over 25 years! Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) comparing communication 25 years ago to the present.
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The Internet Public Library - University of Michigan

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7 to 12
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This site is an unusually comprehensive collection of Web reference resources on topics ranging from current events to zoology. Most of the content is at adult levels, and offers a...more
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This site is an unusually comprehensive collection of Web reference resources on topics ranging from current events to zoology. Most of the content is at adult levels, and offers a truly authoritative and international selection of resources which can be adapted for lesson planning or classroom use. "Information You Can Trust" features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of websites. Search Resources by Subject, Newspaper and Magazines, Special Collections, and even For Kids or For Teens. Can't find what you are looking for? Use the link for "Ask an ipl2 Librarian" for an online reference service.

tag(s): internet safety (101)

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Include this site on your teacher web page and encourage students to use it as a starting point for research projects or for added enrichment. Students can compare information from this tool with other searches online. Be sure to spend time discussing reasons for differing information found online (advertising, website source, etc.)

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Data Never Sleeps 2.0 - Domo

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6 to 12
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We all know that the Internet is a busy, non-stop source of activity and information. This interesting infographic spells out just how much data is generated each minute as of ...more
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We all know that the Internet is a busy, non-stop source of activity and information. This interesting infographic spells out just how much data is generated each minute as of April, 2014. Find information such as how many Google searches occur in a minute, how many emails are sent, and the number of Apple app downloads take place every minute. This fascinating infographic provides a wealth of information to help understand the size of the Internet and social networking sites.

tag(s): infographics (42), internet safety (101)

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Display this infographic on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of your Internet safety lessons. Use the code to embed the infographic onto your class website. Use the information as part of a math lesson to extend from one minute to an hour, a day, a week, and so on. Have students look at the 2012 version of the same infographic, found here, and make comparisons. They could do some research for Facebook or one of the other programs to find out how many members there were in 2012 compared to 2014. From there they could come up with the average pieces of data a member generates weekly for that program/site. Share with your colleagues and parents as part of ongoing discussions about student Internet use.

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What Your Teen is Doing on Social Media - Liahona Academy

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Liahona Academy offers this PDF infographic as a detailed look at teen social media use and what parents and teachers should know to take an active role in students' online ...more
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Liahona Academy offers this PDF infographic as a detailed look at teen social media use and what parents and teachers should know to take an active role in students' online life. Discover how teens spend their time on social media, what platforms they use, and how to stay informed of their activities. Follow tips for monitoring Internet browsing activity with specifics for commonly used browsers. Learn how teens try to hide activity from adults and what you can do to stay one step ahead! Stay informed about tools available to adults to help monitor the safety of students.

tag(s): cyberbullying (33), digital citizenship (27), internet safety (101)

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Share this infographic at Back to School Night, at Open House, or as a link on class/school web page. Discuss this information with your preteen/teen students as part of a digital citizenship curriculum. Be sure to talk about what THEY think parents should do/talk with them about. Share this information with colleagues as part of your professional development training in computer/Internet safety. Use these tips to keep your students safe while browsing in the classroom. This could also make a great discussion at a faculty meeting as your school ventures into a 1:1 program.
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Through the Wild Web Woods - Council of Europe

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3 to 7
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Learn about dangerous Internet traps and become a safe Internet user through this interactive designed for 7-10 year olds. Pass through four cities while collecting Information about...more
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Learn about dangerous Internet traps and become a safe Internet user through this interactive designed for 7-10 year olds. Pass through four cities while collecting Information about privacy and security. Be sure to look for the keys and Awareness coins. Collect scrolls along the way to help other children in need. After saving all of the children, earn the right to play "Scroll Run" in E-City. Note that the technology illustrated at the start of the game is "older" (desktop computer and wired modem), but the online concerns are quite valid!

tag(s): digital citizenship (27), internet safety (101)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center on Internet safety and digital citizenship. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on Internet safety on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share a link to this game on your class website for students to play at home. Be sure to share this site with parents for reinforcing Internet safety at home.
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Fake iPhone Text - fakeiphonetext.com

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2 to 12
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Fake iPhone text is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Enter your conversation including name and message. Click the link "Create" to view ...more
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Fake iPhone text is a tool to create fake screenshots of a series of iPhone text messages. Enter your conversation including name and message. Click the link "Create" to view the picture. Take a screenshot or copy the URL to share.
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tag(s): creative writing (140), digital citizenship (27), digital storytelling (93), writing prompts (88)

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Have students create texts between two characters from a book or two famous people. Create short poetry in text message form. Provide some opening text and ask students to write their ideas for the other person's answers. Use a text sequence as a prompt for creative writing. Have students practice creating a short dialogue or questions and answers. Create a fake text of a conversation and have students use inference skills to determine what happened before and after the conversation. Teach proper texting etiquette using this tool. Use a fake text on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to display word definitions in a new way. Create fake texts of homework or project reminders and post them on your class wiki or web page. Make fake text book promotions to share on the dust jackets.

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Digital Passport - Common Sense Media

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3 to 5
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Digital Passport is an interactive, fun, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship, designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups to...more
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Digital Passport is an interactive, fun, and effective way to teach and test the basics of digital citizenship, designed for upper elementary grades. Create and add student groups to assign, monitor, and customize assignments for students. This site consists of five topical modules covering privacy, cyberbullying, communication, creative credit, and search. Module Guides accompanying each lesson include complete guides and suggestions for teaching and using the activity. Be sure to download the Educator Handbook for a complete guide to effectively using the Digital Passport.

tag(s): cyberbullying (33), digital citizenship (27)

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Create an account and assign activities to students to complete at home or on classroom computers. Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut (reviewed here). Be sure to share Digital Passport with parents and other teachers as an excellent resource for teaching digital citizenship.
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OK2Ask'®:Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources: citing, fair use of copyrighted/creative common images. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at beginner/intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Browse and explore sample class policies to develop your own student-centered, safe classroom policy. Explore resources and ideas to build student awareness of their digital footprint. Learn strategies to help students understand ethical use of online resources, such as citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative commons images. Discuss strategies to develop positive student "netiquette." (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d. Please read the full text at ISTE's Standards page. * The text of these standards is copyrighted.

tag(s): creative commons (18), digital citizenship (27)

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View this session to learn how to help your students understand digital citizenship, citing, fair use, and more. Use this webinar to learn more for your own professional (or personal) use. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Planet Nutshell - Joshua Gunn

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4 to 12
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Planet Nutshell offers short, comic videos hosted on Vimeo explaining diverse topics such as Internet safety, financial aid, and climate change. Many videos include a suitable grade...more
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Planet Nutshell offers short, comic videos hosted on Vimeo explaining diverse topics such as Internet safety, financial aid, and climate change. Many videos include a suitable grade range with the title and run three minutes or less in length. Share videos using the share link provided with the direct URL to the Vimeo site or embed code. Save videos for later viewing on your Vimeo account.

tag(s): climate change (51), financial aid (11), internet safety (101)

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Include videos during your Internet safety or climate change unit and view on your interactive whiteboard. Embed on your class website or blog and have students create animated movies online using Dvolver - Movie Maker, reviewed here,. Consider sharing one of the short Internet safety videos with parents during an Open House or Meet the Teacher night.
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Website Evaluator - ResearchReady.com

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5 to 12
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of ...more
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The Website Evaluator takes you step-by-step through the process of evaluating any website. The site also creates a final report based on your input. Begin by adding the URL of any website and clicking "Go." A sidebar set of questions appears alongside the site to guide you as you go. Questions consider purpose, accuracy, authority of the author and publisher, relevancy, and how recent the information is. Once finished, view responses and print or email them.

tag(s): evaluating sources (8), internet safety (101)

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Use the Website Evaluator as an integral part of your Internet safety, information literacy/research, or website evaluation lessons in any subject where you require online research. Demonstrate how to use the Evaluator on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to evaluate sites on their own. Share and compare printed evaluations on a classroom bulletin board or your class website (or wiki). Have students use the Evaluator to compare and contrast different websites to find the one that is the best fit for a particular need. Require that students include a site evaluation for any online source they use as part of a research project.

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Teach Parents Tech - Google

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2 to 12
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Teach Parents Tech is a tongue in cheek method for helping parents (and others) learn basic technology tasks. Simply fill out the spots in this online form to send a ...more
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Teach Parents Tech is a tongue in cheek method for helping parents (and others) learn basic technology tasks. Simply fill out the spots in this online form to send a helpful email to anyone. Information includes short "how to" videos about various tech tasks. Options range from computer basics such as copy and paste up to creating an online calendar to resizing and sharing images and many more.

tag(s): computers (48), internet safety (101), tutorials (47)

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Bookmark Teach Parents Tech for use anytime you want to share a how-to video on computer tasks. Challenge your students to use it to encourage their own parents. Students can also use it as a model to create their own encouraging videos and how-to tips for both parents and teachers! Promote digital writing by having student groups script and create a "Teach Teachers Tech" video collection and web site to encourage their more hesitant teachers (or principal). Share this resource with students who are just learning to work with images, create calendars, translate text, and much more. Share password creation tips with parents for use at home. There are many possibilities so be sure to bookmark this site for use throughout the year! Share a link on your class website or blog for students to access and share when "helping" parents and grandparents.
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TeachersFirst Sample Wiki Warranty (Web Tool Permission Slip) - TeachersFirst

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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within ...more
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of a class wiki -- or any web tools and apps -- safely and within your school policies. (If you do not have Word software, you can upload and convert it to Google Drive/Docs to edit there.) The form includes many provisions and consequences. Simply delete the ones you do not need or that do not fit your classroom situation. Add/delete any specific tools you plan to use or ways you may use them. Please give proper credit in the footer of your new permission form as being "adapted from a sample form provided by TeachersFirst.com" and giving this url. Save AS a new file name to use as your own class or school permission form. For more ideas on the safe use of web tools, see the TeachersFirst Edge Tips. If you teach younger students, you may want to start with the form for elementary students reviewed here.

tag(s): classroom management (94), digital citizenship (27), internet safety (101)

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Save this document and your adaptations of it for use from year to year. If your school is still struggling to establish the terms under which it WILL allow access to web tools for students to create and publish online, use this form as a starting point for discussions with school administration.

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TeachersFirst's Sample Web Tools Use Agreement (Elementary) - TeachersFirst

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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of any web tools and apps safely and within your school policies. (If you do...more
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Download this sample Word document to create a customized parent permission slip/student contract for use of any web tools and apps safely and within your school policies. (If you do not have Word software, you can upload and convert it to Google Drive/Docs to edit there.) The form includes many provisions and uses for web tools or apps. Simply delete the ones you do not need or that do not fit your classroom situation. Add the tools you plan to use and delete the ones you don't. Please give proper credit in the footer of your new permission form as being "adapted from a sample form provided by TeachersFirst.com" and giving this url. Save AS a new file name to use as your own class or school permission form. For more ideas on the safe use of web tools, see the TeachersFirst Edge Tips.

tag(s): classroom management (94), digital citizenship (27), internet safety (101)

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Mark this one in your Favs or download it and save it somewhere you will be able to find it. If your school is still struggling to establish the terms under which it WILL allow access to web tools for students to create and publish online, use this form as a starting point for discussions with school administration.

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No Bullying - Treze Ltd.

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5 to 12
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health...more
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No Bullying is an online forum offering advice, counseling, and resources for the prevention of bullying. Select content specifically geared toward teens, educators, parents, or health educators. Information includes articles and videos offering advice on stopping bullying and reacting to bullying. Other resources include a large database of facts, statistics, and stories about victims of bullying. Be sure to check out the Cyber Safety portion of the site offering information on Internet safety and cyber bullying.

tag(s): bullying (51), internet safety (101)

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Use No Bullying as the starting point for individual or group projects or lessons on bullying. Bookmark and save this site as a resource to address bullying concerns in your school or classroom. Share this site with parents as an important resource for discussing bullying and Internet safety with their family. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings concerning bullying using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Challenge students to create an antibullying presentation using Prezi (reviewed here).
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A really informative website offering an extensive range of bullying advice and stories. This website covers all types of bullying and is a great resource to help support the teaching of Internet Safety and the importance of dealing with bullying. Michelle, , Grades: 0 - 12

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Tweetchup - Alex Kaul

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4 to 12
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average...more
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Tweetchup is an easy to use Twitter analytic tool. Registration is not required. Login with your Twitter account to view an analysis of your Twitter account stats. View mentions, average mentions per day, the potential number of followers you reach, and more. What makes Tweetchup different from other Twitter analysis sites is the ability to analyze other Twitter users' hashtags and keyword histories. Use the "Profiles" link to analyze the profile of any other Twitter user. The "Keywords" option allows you to enter any keyword to analyze the last 1600 tweets using that keyword. Your analysis includes recent tweets, most retweeted tweets, and most favorited tweets.

tag(s): internet safety (101), social networking (102), twitter (44)

In the Classroom

Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page. Use Tweetchup to find and analyze popular and viral hashtags. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here or Venngage reviewed here. Use Tweetchup to analyze your class Twitter account to find and improve content and connections. This is also a great way for students to realize the extent of their digital footprint!
 

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10 Minute Mail - Devon Hillard

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5 to 12
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use...more
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10 Minute Mail quickly creates a "disposable" email address to use with web tools that require email registration/activation. The best part is that no registration is required to use this EASY site! Use 10 Minute Mail as your solution for registration on free, membership-required sites requiring individual sign-up using an email address. This is the spam, update, and junk email dumping ground! Your disposable email is only available for 10 minutes unless you click the link to extend your session another 10 minutes. The genius of this site is that it is temporary but completely functional for protecting individual identities. The only downside to using a short term email address is that you will never receive the "forgot my password" emails. You won't receive the endless annoying emails, either!
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tag(s): internet safety (101)

In the Classroom

Have students create a 10 Minute Mail address in the beginning of the school year as part of your introductory lesson on acceptable use procedures. Use 10 Minute Mail anytime you visit a site that requires registration, but you don't want to receive additional information. Be sure to share a link on your class website or blog for students (and parents) to use at home.
 

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