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Mixital Strictly: Robo-Dancers - Code Club & Nesta

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Make and publish a robot performing your personalized dance moves with Robo-Dancers. Create your moves using toolbars provided or switch to Code Mode to view and change moves using...more
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Make and publish a robot performing your personalized dance moves with Robo-Dancers. Create your moves using toolbars provided or switch to Code Mode to view and change moves using code. Share and save when finished. Be sure to check out other options available on this site for creating animated stories and adding visuals to classic music. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English. The dance steps for the dance, Do The Strictly are on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube. At the time of this review, the site activities did not work with all browsers. So be sure to test out this site on the browser that you will be using.

tag(s): coding (51), computers (92), engineering (127), gamification (75), STEM (151)

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Use Robo-Dancers as an interesting way to introduce coding to your class. Display your dancer on your interactive whiteboard or projector and switch between modes to view changes in code when changing dance moves. After school clubs and activities can use Robo-Dancers to learn coding. Use this tool with gifted students for a great challenge. Set up a coding activity center for interested students when they finish class work or for rainy days and snow days. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.

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OK2Ask: Game-Based Learning: The Quest for Classroom Success - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. The quest for classroom success begins with game-based learning. Learn tips, techniques, and tools to challenge and engage students. Game-based learning is a dynamic strategy that offers tremendous potential for meaningful and enriching experiences in the classroom. Enjoy sandbox time in the session to explore the vast collection of resources to suit a multitude of learners. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will... (1) Learn about the difference between gamification and game-based learning; (2) Learn game-based learning techniques and tips; (3) Evaluate tools and resources for game-based learning; (4) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (5) Start a project using one of the given tools.

tag(s): game based learning (113)

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Explore the many resources and ideas from this session and engage your students with game-based learning activities. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools to Power Up Your Images - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from February 2016, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore, compare, and contrast three different online photo tools. Participants will learn about the features of these three tools and then participate in a breakout session to learn more about the tool of their choosing. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, participants will: (1) Learn about and compare 3 different tools for working with images; (2) Evaluate the uses for working with these tools in the classroom; (3) Share ideas for using tools with other participants; and (4) Start a project using one of the given tools.

tag(s): images (275)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to use images in your classroom. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Teaching London Computing Resources for Teachers - Teaching London Computing

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Teaching London Computing offers a large variety of resources for computer skills teachers. Download their latest magazine with stories about the most recent research, classroom activities,...more
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Teaching London Computing offers a large variety of resources for computer skills teachers. Download their latest magazine with stories about the most recent research, classroom activities, and more. Be sure to check out the classroom activities for primary and secondary school students. Most don't need any additional materials other than resources linked to the activity. Other areas on the site include magic and computational thinking activities and videos of workshop presentations. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): computers (92), logic (239), probability (131), problem solving (274), sequences (16), STEM (151)

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Take advantage of the free activities and resources on the site to promote computer skills and problem solving in the classroom. Choose activities from the site to include during your school's math fair (or hold your own class math fair). Share a link to activities on your class website and encourage students to complete them and share with the class. Have students create an annotated image of their activity including text boxes, related links, and video using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Pixar in a Box - Khan Academy and Pixar

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Pixar and Khan Academy team up to offer an interesting series of learning tutorials demonstrating math, science, and engineering concepts faced by animators as part of the animated...more
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Pixar and Khan Academy team up to offer an interesting series of learning tutorials demonstrating math, science, and engineering concepts faced by animators as part of the animated film-making process. Examples include the use of digital pixel painting using algebra and creating blades of grass in Brave with parabolic arcs. View a short video explanation of the program, then choose from the learner's or educator's guides for specific details on each activity. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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.

tag(s): animation (65), creativity (118), movies (72), STEM (151)

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This site is excellent for enrichment. Include it on your class webpage for students to access both in and out of class. Share the opening video for lessons, then allow students to explore and complete the videos at their own pace. Use this site for enrichment with your gifted students or students interested in art and filmmaking. Challenge students to use concepts presented in the Pixar in a Box tutorials to create their own animated films.

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Sketch Nation Create - Nitzan Wilnai

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2 to 12
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Develop and design games and learn programming skills at the same time using Sketch Nation Create. This tool works on the web, iOS, and Android. To get started click the ...more
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Develop and design games and learn programming skills at the same time using Sketch Nation Create. This tool works on the web, iOS, and Android. To get started click the app of choice and then click settings and register. Once registered (no email required) select Create, the Genre, and your choice of Simple, Advanced, or Expert Modes. Choose to draw or import pictures to use for the background, characters, objects, and scenery. Make simple games while learning a little about programming and game design. Click the Getting Started tab to register. Look at the many examples and ideas under Education.

tag(s): coding (51), computers (92), critical thinking (111), DAT device agnostic tool (171), game based learning (113), gamification (75), logic (239), problem solving (274), STEM (151)

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If you only have a few computers, introduce this tool using a projector or interactive whiteboard and bookmark it as a learning station with earbuds/headphones. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Sketch Nation is an engaging interactive to learn basic coding skills even for younger students. Encourage learning by telling them to ask three other students first before asking the teacher AND that it is okay if we learn it together. Once students get the hang of beginning programming tips, encourage them to make apps, games, or digital stories for other courses such as videos explaining photosynthesis, book readings from authors, famous battles from history, or different genres of music and art. Have students use a storyboard to write down what they plan to do/draw/say with their creation, and to keep tabs on students and their progress. For creating digital storyboards see Amazon Storybuilder, reviewed here, or Storyboard Generator, reviewed here. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too. Sketch Nation Create teaches the basics. Those students who show a keen interest in coding could learn more by using a program such as Anybody Can Learn to Code, reviewed here, Kodable, reviewed here, or Codeacademy, reviewed here.

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typing.com - teaching.com

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Learn and teach typing with typing.com. Take advantage of the site's free practice games and typing tests without registration. Register using your email to keep track of your progress...more
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Learn and teach typing with typing.com. Take advantage of the site's free practice games and typing tests without registration. Register using your email to keep track of your progress and print completion certificates. Sign up for a teacher account to access a full typing curriculum along with the ability to view grades and track student progress.
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tag(s): game based learning (113), keyboarding (37)

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Use typing.com as a classroom computer center or as a computer lab activity. Challenge students to complete exercises and earn badges. Create a link to the site on your class website for students to practice at home.
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Code Avengers - Mike Walmsley

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Code Avengers offers free introductory courses for learning computer coding. Teachers receive access to all lessons; students have access to introductory lessons in HTML/CSS, JavaScript,...more
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Code Avengers offers free introductory courses for learning computer coding. Teachers receive access to all lessons; students have access to introductory lessons in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Python 3. Introductory courses run about one hour in length and include video instructions along with opportunities for practice of tasks. Participate in lessons without registration. Registration does allow you to save work and return to the stopping point at any time. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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.

tag(s): coding (51), computers (92), engineering (127), gamification (75), STEM (151)

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Although only the introductory lessons are free, they provide excellent tutorials for beginners. Create a link on classroom computers for students to learn at their own pace and develop an interest in pursuing further coding instruction. If you are looking for more ways to use coding in the classroom, check out TeachersFirst's Coding in the Classroom page. Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of the scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world.

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E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens) - Drum Roll

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Erase All Kittens is an online activity that teaches HTML coding. As you play, learn how to build ledges, add boxes, and more as your friend Arka endeavors to save ...more
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Erase All Kittens is an online activity that teaches HTML coding. As you play, learn how to build ledges, add boxes, and more as your friend Arka endeavors to save the missing kittens. Short demos and tips throughout the activity guide players on how to add and edit code. Erase All Kittens works best in Firefox and Chrome browsers.

tag(s): coding (51), computers (92), critical thinking (111), logic (239), problem solving (274), STEM (151)

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Introduce Erase All Kittens on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore and learn on their own at classroom computer centers or individual laptops. Provide a link to Erase All Kittens for students to access at home. Create a bulletin board for students to post achievement levels. Have student "coding experts" create video tutorials using Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Coding in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (51)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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OK2Ask: Create With Coding - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learning to code can help students develop high level problem-solving...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learning to code can help students develop high level problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Explore age-appropriate resources and strategies, including games for teaching students coding skills. Learn strategies for "unplugged" classroom activities for all grade levels. Learning to code turns our technology tourists from passive learners into makers and producers. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

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Explore these interesting tools to introduce coding into your classroom. Are you a little intimidated at the thought of teaching coding skills? Learn together with fellow teachers to take the intimidation factor out and become an expert at introducing these high-level activities to your students. Find additional coding resources and links on these TeachersFirst pages. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google's Productivity Tools for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about some of the many tools that Google has to offer. Learn more about using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including templates and docs/forms), and Google Keep! Other tools including Photos, Google Plus, and Flubaroo will also be explored. Time is included to explore and play with the tools to create. This session is for teachers at intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels.

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Learn how to use Google tools to enhance your lessons, remain organized, and collaborate more effectively. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: Google Search Tips and Tricks - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Super Searching on Google. Find out about the various tools (and tricks) used to make searching a "snap." Learn more about Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. This session also offers an introduction to Google Maps and demonstrations of various tools available. Time is provided for individual exploration.

tag(s): search strategies (29)

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Inspire your lessons with new ways to search and save time when using Google. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to share and collect new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask: The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2015, opens in Adobe Connect. Join us to learn about tools and resources to teach your students about safe and responsible online behavior. Teaching students about digital citizenship not only benefits the students, but can improve the climate of your classroom. This session helps you use the themes of Respect, Educate, and Protect to teach digital citizenship. Participants have the opportunity to view discussions of strategies and explore resources for weaving this essential 21st century skill into the core curriculum and throughout the school day.

tag(s): digital citizenship (65)

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Become informed about digital citizenship for yourself and students. Watch this recording together with a few of your teaching colleagues to collect new ideas. Find related resources and links on these TeachersFirst pages.. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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CS Unplugged - CS Education Research Group

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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are...more
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Find hands-on learning of computer science concepts (often without technology) with this collection of free learning activities including interactives and puzzles. All materials are through Creative Commons licenses for easy copying, sharing, and personal adaptation. Download all activities for free in a book download or explore individual activities by topic, and then download in PDF format available in several languages. Other options include videos to view individually or by topic on activity pages. Topics covered include Binary numbers, Images Representation, Text Compression, Information Theory, Searching and Sorting Algorithms, Routing and Deadlocks, and Cryptography, among others. Also, check out the section for teachers under the Community tab. This section includes many additional resources and learning programs. The videos are in English, French, Swedish, Korean, and Chinese. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view them 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.

tag(s): computers (92), data (151)

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Make technology understandable and available to everyone, without the need to use technology. Use CS Unplugged as one of your STEM stations/centers during science lessons. Use CS Unplugged as an excellent resource for students who want to learn about computer science on their own. CS Unplugged is a great tool to share with students considering a major in computer science in college or wondering about computer careers. If you teach computer science courses, CS Unplugged could be useful for locating review materials to share with your students.
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Curiosity Machine - Iridescent

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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges...more
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Curiosity Machine connects scientists and engineers with young people to help design and create projects together. Create an account to begin using features on the site. Discover challenges to build on your own, including categories such as aerospace, robotics, engineering, and more. Find inspiration by watching videos of scientists and engineers sharing their inventions. Share your finished projects as inspiration for other aspiring engineers and scientists.

tag(s): aeronautics (12), computers (92), engineering (127), gifted (93), oceans (153), problem solving (274), robotics (24), STEM (151)

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Be sure to take advantage of the free educator units offered with membership. Share project ideas with students as ideas for a school science or engineering fair. Share this site with students interested in exploring careers in science or engineering. Encourage students to use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, (no registration required) to document their progress while completing projects. Have gifted students choose projects from the site to complete as enrichment within different learning units.
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Alfa Typing - AlfaTyping

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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play...more
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Learn and practice typing skills through games, lessons, and demos at Alfa Typing. This site includes sixty lessons in English and fifty in Russian. Registration isn't required to play the games. Registration allows you to create unlimited classes, monitor student results, and create your own personalized courses. Be sure to take one of the three typing tests first, this opens access to playing games. See the introductory video tutorial or their very thorough FAQs section. If your district blocks YouTube, the video may not be viewable. You could always view the video at home and bring it to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the video from YouTube.

tag(s): computers (92), game based learning (113), keyboarding (37)

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Everyone can benefit from learning to type faster. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector by showing the 2-minute video tutorial. Remember to have students take the typing test, and then have them practice their touch typing independently. Have older students keep their results in a word document or a Google Doc. Be sure to watch and see that students are using the proper touch typing position (no two finger typing!). Share this site with your students who are struggling with handwriting. Offer students the opportunity to learn to type in addition to writing!

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O2 Internet Safety for Kids - O2 and NSPCC

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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online...more
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Provide kids with a safe online experience with tips and information from O2 Internet Safety for Kids. Choose from several different categories including meeting strangers online, online addiction, safe downloading, and more. Each category includes a short video and specific information about keeping kids safe online, including what to do if each proper behavior is compromised. If your district blocks YouTube, then they 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. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from those in American English.

tag(s): cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (65)

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Although this site was created in the UK, the message is universal and information included is relevant to all classrooms, regardless of location. Include this site on your class webpage for students and parents to access as a reference. Use information from the site as part of your online safety lessons. Have students create an annotated image, including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate online safety.

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Digital Citizenship Toolkit - Microsoft

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3 to 12
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for...more
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This free Toolkit from Microsoft is an excellent resource for high-quality materials to complement your Internet safety unit. Download PDFs and brochures about digital citizenship for any age group. Find topics titled Digital Citizenship Begins with You Factsheet, Help Kids Stand Up to Online Bullying Brochure, DigiDucks Big Decision Book Sample, and more.

tag(s): digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108)

In the Classroom

Use the PDFs in your class or during professional development. Take advantage of the many free resources and ideas on this site. Bring some technology into the presentations by challenging small groups of students to transform the PDFs presentation into an interactive learning tool for younger students or their peers. Ask them to add questions, feedback, more images, etc. so the PDF becomes a student-created tutorial on an aspect of digital citizenship. Of course, students will be graded on the accuracy of their information as well as their creativity. Think of it as inverse teaching. Have students extract the information (with proper credit of course) and create their tutorial using ePubEditor, reviewed here, or Zeetings, reviewed here. Prepare a rubric before you start or use our Rubrics to the Rescue to find one that shares your expectations for this project.
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Disney's Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety - Disney

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K to 6
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite...more
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Join Mickey and his gang to learn about Internet safety. Find three engaging interactives designed for Pre-K, primary, and elementary students, their teachers and parents. Favorite Disney characters focus on privacy, viruses, and netiquette. Each activity includes a mini-quiz that reinforces the concepts learned. Find teacher and parent guides with recommendations for using the site for different age groups. There is a glossary of terms on the bottom menu, and the left menu has MANY free printables and ideas for parties, too.
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tag(s): digital citizenship (65), internet safety (108), preK (289)

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Project the glossary words and review them with students. Also, print out the words and post in your classroom or computer lab. Have students create flashcards for the terms using a tool such as Flashcard Stash, reviewed here. Make a shortcut to this Disney 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 interactive 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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