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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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Netsafe NetBasics - Netsafe

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4 to 9
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion...more
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NetBasics offers animated stories that address common risks and issues facing computer users. Topics include phishing, dangerous downloads, password protection, and more. Upon completion of each video episode, view helpful tips and hints for staying safe online. Choose links to "Your Computer Security" or "Protect Your Stuff" to see hints without watching videos.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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View videos and advice together on an interactive whiteboard or projector as part of your Internet safety lessons. Ask students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation about the information they learn there. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos about online safety and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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That's Not Cool - Futures Without Violence

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6 to 12
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Find tools to help you establish your digital line about what is or is not okay in your relationships at That's Not Cool. The site provides digital examples of controlling, ...more
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Find tools to help you establish your digital line about what is or is not okay in your relationships at That's Not Cool. The site provides digital examples of controlling, pressuring, and threatening behavior to raise awareness about and prevent teen dating abuse. Choose from different site resources such as videos, callout cards, and games to learn how to protect yourself online. Some of the topics shared are not appropriate for younger students. Be sure to preview!

tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Share a link to That's Not Cool on your class website for students to access from home. Be sure to share this site with parents so they can have a conversation about the topics found here with their students. Discuss topics on this site as part of your Internet safety lessons. Share this site with school counselors as a resource for teens facing online safety issues.
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Digital Citizenship - NSW Department of Education and Communities

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K to 12
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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to...more
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Digital Citizenship offers a large number of resources for teaching digital citizenship for students of all ages, teachers, and parents. Choose from primary, secondary, or parents to begin. Each section includes videos, games, and activities for learning responsible digital citizenship. The site was created in is Australia. American English speakers may notice some slight differences in spellings and pronunciations.

tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Bookmark Digital Citizenship for use in any Internet safety lesson or unit. Create a link to individual games or activities on classroom computers. Be sure to share a link to this site with parents for use at home.
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Mission Possible: Successful Online Research - Answers.com

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5 to 12
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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the...more
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Begin a research unit with Mission Possible, a downloadable online movie promoting research skills, effective searches, writing skills, citations, and Internet safety. Along with the video, find an accompanying teacher lesson plan for providing a great start for the introduction of a research project. A student worksheet goes along with the lesson.

tag(s): internet safety (111), search strategies (25)

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Before beginning a research project, either introduce or review the process of researching a topic. Put a link on your class website so students can refer to this video for additional review.
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Teaching Digital Citizenship - Cable Impacts

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4 to 8
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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy,...more
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Find ready to use standards-based lessons that teach digital citizenship for grades 4-8. Lesson topics include Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Privacy, Media Literacy, Cyberbullying, Copyright, and Information Literacy. Integrate these digital citizenship lessons into the content area subjects, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Most lessons start with a video for the adult and also have a video for the student. Download videos in a variety of formats (mp4, WMV, MOV) or copy the link provided. The Media Literacy lessons have several examples of advertisement videos that use YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube. Under Tools and Resources find a professional development webinar that hosts a middle school teacher discussing digital citizenship.

tag(s): copyright (48), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), media literacy (44), plagiarism (30)

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At the beginning of the year, use the lessons included as a basis for developing a school digital citizenship program or even use with your own class. Use at a parents' informational night to describe the type of lessons that help address responsible digital citizens. Post a link on your class website for parents to view at home. Create a school mission statement regarding technology use or rules for technology. When doing research projects, be sure to review.
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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop - Scholastic

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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying,...more
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Cyberbullying: How to Make it Stop is a short article addressing the ongoing issue of cyberbullying. Information includes defining cyberbullying, how to recognize signs of bullying, how to involve parents, and what schools can do. Be sure to check out the list of five websites teachers should watch out for that offer breeding grounds for cyberbullying. Print or email the article using the links on the page.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Share this article with parents on your class web page or email using the email link. Print and share the article as part of your class discussion of Internet safety and digital citizenship. Share this article with other staff members, including school counselors as part of your Internet safety discussion.

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Optimum Community - CSC Holdings LLC

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3 to 12
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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism...more
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Optimum Community, part of Cablevision, tries to connect, engage, and empower people in their communities. Charity Champions organize schools and communities to engage in volunteerism in charities promoting leadership and stewardship. The Past Winners section shows an activity plan and portfolios of previous winners. The section Digital Smarts includes a blog, online tools, and resources that encourage safe use of technology. The participating areas of New Jersey, Greater Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, and Connecticut show events organized to help and educate the community.
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tag(s): communities (28), digital citizenship (36), problem solving (219), service projects (21)

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In your classroom, look at this site for ways to inspire ideas for stewardship, volunteering, leadership, and for problem-based learning community projects. View the topics from past winners, and examine your community to see what areas of need there are. Gifted classes can find ideas for problem-based learning projects.
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19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship - And How - Jacqui Murray

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K to 8
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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed...more
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Learn the 19 most important topics to teach for Digital Citizenship. Also, get many great ideas for resources by grade level K-8 with this interesting article. Most resources discussed in the article also include a short description of how others have used it in the classroom.
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tag(s): copyright (48), creative commons (19), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Bookmark this article for finding resources and understanding topics to be included when teaching Digital Citizenship. Share during professional development sessions and during meetings when discussing digital policies at your school. For older students, have groups split up the 19 topics to research and present to the class. Use a tool like Zoho Show (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free), reviewed here, to present findings. Be sure to share information from this article with parents to discuss with their student.

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5 Steps to Internet Safety - Vicki Davis

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4 to 12
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to...more
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Download the 5 Steps to Internet Safety handout using this handy link. The handout includes the 5 steps to complete when faced with questionable Internet situations. In addition to the 5 keywords (stop, screenshot, block, tell, and share), each keyword includes advice for completing the step. Click links to view the document in Full Screen, download, or print.
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tag(s): cyberbullying (41), internet safety (111)

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Print this flyer to display in computer labs and classrooms. Provide each student with the handout to place in notebooks. Share information with parents through a link on your class website or blog.
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Own Your Space - Linda McCarthy

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6 to 12
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Download a free digital book with tips and information on computer and online safety. Written for teens and tweens, the book offers advice in an informative and easy to read ...more
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Download a free digital book with tips and information on computer and online safety. Written for teens and tweens, the book offers advice in an informative and easy to read manner. Download the entire book or choose individual chapters with titles such as Going Social and Friends, Creeps, and Pirates. Choose downloads in XPS or PDF format.

tag(s): ebooks (40), internet safety (111)

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Share a link to Own Your Space on your website for parents to access at home. Print chapters as needed for online safety lessons or to discuss specific problems that arise with your students. Assign different chapters to groups of students then have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.
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McGruff the Crime Dog - McGrufff.org Milstein Family Center

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2 to 5
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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video...more
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Join McGruff, the crime dog, and take a bite out of crime. Interactive activities promote child protection and safety. Learn more about bullying, school safety, and safety tips. A video illustrates a cartoon character's reaction and solution to bullying. An advice section creates conversations for bullies about getting along, community safety, advice for all seasons, guns and drugs, home, school, and online safety. Free downloadable posters include a circle of respect activity and advice in PDF format. A link for parents directs them to the National Crime Prevention Council.

tag(s): bullying (52), digital citizenship (36), internet safety (111)

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Looking for ways to develop your health, wellness, or leadership curriculum? Use the videos, interactives, or advice as the basis for your lessons or further discussions on Internet safety. Present at a parents' night as advice for protecting your child on the Internet. Include this in your technology curriculum as a resource. Post on your website as a reminder to students and parents for your technology expectations.
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OK2Ask'®: Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) April 2015 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2015, 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 April 2015, 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." For follow-up, participants will be able to create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): copyright (48), cyberbullying (41), digital citizenship (36)

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Take a look at the resource page full of excellent resources to explore! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here. Explore the Cool Tools and ideas shared during this session.
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Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus - Lyle Zapato

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6 to 12
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This site is the perfect example of false information that you can find on the Internet! Learn all about the endangered tree octopus and efforts to keep them from extinction ...more
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This site is the perfect example of false information that you can find on the Internet! Learn all about the endangered tree octopus and efforts to keep them from extinction at this very realistic "fake" site. Read all about the characteristics of the tree octopus including habitat, reproduction, and why it has become endangered. View some of the activities such as a trick or treat box to collect candy to hang in trees for the octopus. Peruse pictures of rare sightings of the octopus. The falsehoods shown on the site, such as the inclusion of other hoax species and organizations (mixed with links to pages about real species and organizations) are sure to give you a chuckle!
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tag(s): creative writing (150), evaluating sources (9), internet safety (111), literacy (91), satire (5)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on finding credible sources. Share this tool on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students create blogs discussing how to analyze Internet resources using Throwww, here. This site allows you to create "quick and easy" blogs to be used one time only. A unique URL is provided and this site is as easy as using a basic Word program! You may want to share the Wikipedia and Snopes articles about the Tree Octopus. What a great creative writing idea this is! Have your students try their hand at something like this. Use one of the web page making tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here, to publish the creative writing assignments. Invite other classes to vote on the one they think is true.

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I have used this site for years. It is well made and, once the students catch on, it provides the basis for great discussions and a lot of laughter. I also use the Dehydrated Water website where you, too can buy dehydrated water or, even buy a franchise to sell dehydrated water. My other favorite is Dog Island Free Forever where your dog can live stress free with other dogs without the stress that comes from living with humans. Sharon, PA, Grades: 0 - 8

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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 (36), infographics (43), internet safety (111)

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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 (111)

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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 (127), internet safety (111)

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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 (36), internet safety (111), preK (256)

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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 (55), internet safety (111), inventors and inventions (102)

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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 (111)

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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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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 (43), internet safety (111)

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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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