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7 Tips and 1 Activity to Help Digital Citizens Engage With Empathy - Diana Fingal

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This article shares simple yet effective tips for effective online communications for students and adults. The seven tips start with common-sense (yet often forgotten) ideas, such as...more
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This article shares simple yet effective tips for effective online communications for students and adults. The seven tips start with common-sense (yet often forgotten) ideas, such as taking the time to read and understand others' posts and conclude with the suggestion to consume as much as you contribute. The activity shared demonstrates and provides examples of using sentence frames to instruct students to provide respectful online responses.
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tag(s): character education (71), communication (135), digital citizenship (78)

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Include this article with your other digital citizenship lessons as a starting point for classroom discussions or as part of a broader lesson in responsible citizenship. Consider selecting a tip each week to explore further with your class. Engage students by beginning the week using a word cloud creation tool like Answer Garden, reviewed here. Use the tip as the prompt in Answer Garden and ask students to share their thoughts and ideas. Continue to build upon your students' ideas throughout the week using Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to create a template for students to share digital stickers with information. For example, the fourth tip recommends that all online users carefully craft their message. Create a Jamboard divided into columns labeled grammar, clarity, and audience. When crafting online content, ask students to share specific ways to keep these topics in mind. As an extension activity, ask students to write a short article sharing tips and information on becoming responsible digital citizens. Use a simple web-publishing tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Although Telegra.ph is simple to use, it offers features that allow students to create and share simple websites, including links, images, and more.

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention - Erin Wilkey OH and Common Sense

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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying...more
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This guide provides clear information and resources for educators at all grade levels on learning about and addressing the issue of cyberbullying. Learn about the definition of cyberbullying and understand statistics on the prevalence and types of cyberbullying. Other tips share how to identify and intervene when recognizing instances of bullying. In addition, this guide provides grade-level-appropriate teaching resources to use as part of the Common Sense K-12 Digital Curriculum, reviewed here.

tag(s): character education (71), cyberbullying (44), digital citizenship (78)

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Include information from this site when planning and preparing your digital citizenship lessons and curriculum. As you gather resources to include with your studies, use a curation tool like Milanote, reviewed here.

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Digital Citizenship Progression Chart - Mike Ribble

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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school....more
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The Digital Citizenship Progression Chart provides clarity and an organized path for teaching the main concepts of digital citizenship starting with kindergarten and through high school. This resource is organized using the nine themes of digital citizenship, such as digital access, digital commerce, and more. This resource provides a visual tool for use across grade levels and topics. In addition, information includes correlations to the three guiding principles of safe, savvy, and social digital users. To learn more about the nine themes of digital citizenship and the three principles, use the Nine Elements tab from the top menu. Download an updated copy of the progression chart for personal use using the link at the bottom of the page.
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tag(s): character education (71), digital citizenship (78)

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Scroll to the bottom of the page with the chart to download the updated copy of the progression chart to view and understand the general guidelines for teaching digital citizenship across all grade levels. Some themes include ideas for demonstration of learning and teaching ideas. Build upon this spreadsheet by adding additional activities and resources that fit into your curriculum. Use this document as a professional development activity to help all staff understand the progression of skills across grade levels, then break it down into smaller pieces by grade levels. Using the grade-level specific portions, work together with peers to find and share resources that teach and reinforce the appropriate concepts. Consider using an collaborative tool such as ClickUp, reviewed here, to organize your work with your peers. Use ClickUp to create a schedule, to-do lists, share documents, and more. Share your completed list of resources and grade-level progressions on a spreadsheet similar to the progression chart when finished.

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BackStory: Blackstory - Edsitement

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10 to 12
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links...more
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BackStory: Blackstory is a podcast compilation of some of the best content from the podcast, BackStory, focused on discussions of anti-Black violence. Select segments using the links provided. Each feature includes a series of comprehension questions and additional resources for using the information in the classroom. Resources include lesson plans, curriculums, and media, including articles and primary source documents. Some episodes include discussions of lynching and racial slurs, be sure to preview before sharing with your students.
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tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), martin luther king (39), podcasts (65)

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Due to the intense nature of some of the content shared in the podcast, consider listening to the podcast chapters one by one together as a class. Prepare for some of the difficult conversations by using resources found within the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page Resources for Difficult Conversations. Take advantage of the lesson plans shared on this site to extend student comprehension beyond the conversations shared in the podcast. Encourage students to enhance learning by researching areas of interest while creating a Padlet, reviewed here, with a variety of resources such as videos, primary sources, and books. Extend learning by offering students various options for sharing their learning about anti-Black violence. Ideas include using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker, reviewed here, to create video, or create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, or build a website using Site123, reviewed here, or build an interactive story using maps created with Google My Maps, reviewed here.

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Digital Citizenship: Technological Literacy - PBS Learning Media

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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning...more
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Proper use and understanding of using technology responsibly are essential for all students to acquire. This offering from PBS Learning Media focuses on Digital Citizenship concerning technological literacy. Each of the forty-seven included videos helps students understand concepts such as understanding the role of influencers on social media, editorial accuracy, and why many people are susceptible to disinformation. Each video is relatively short in length, running from around five to fifteen minutes. Look for the icon with "SM" located at the bottom of some of the descriptions; these videos include additional support materials for use in the classroom.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), journalism (68), social media (46)

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Take advantage of the many videos and resources found on this site to include with your digital citizenship lessons. Engage students in learning about digital citizenship using playposit, reviewed here, to add notes, questions, and student-teacher interactions to any video. Enhance the learning experience by including these videos and your other resources into a digital lesson using Blendspace, reviewed here. Extend learning by asking students to share their learning using different technology tools. For example, have some students create a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, while others create and share video presentations made with Animoto, reviewed here.
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Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Black History - Learning for Justice

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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat...more
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This easy-to-follow list of do's and don'ts provides an excellent start to understanding the basics of teaching Black history throughout the year. Adapted from lessons created by Pat Russo at SUNY Oswego, these simple ideas offer guidelines that ensure Black history lessons are meaningful and relevant.

tag(s): black history (90), civil rights (165), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), martin luther king (39), politics (101), racism (71), rosa parks (9)

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Bookmark and use the information provided in the article as a guideline for teaching Black history, not just during Black History Month but throughout the year. Find many Black History resources at the TeachersFirst Black History Special Topics page, found here, or within many of the Reading Treks, found here. The Reading Treks share virtual field trips of resources based upon literature and include many Black history selections. Celebrate your students' learning throughout the year using digital tools to create virtual field trips using Google My Maps, reviewed here, or creating interactive infographics using Canva Infographic Templates, reviewed here.

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The Nora Project Resources for Educators - The Nora Project

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The Nora Project offers activities and resources to educators that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. For example, visit...more
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The Nora Project offers activities and resources to educators that promote disability inclusion and connect learning about disabilities to real-world situations. For example, visit a virtual calming room featuring relaxing music, puzzles and games, and live animal cams. Download stories about diversity, learn how to host an inclusive event, or visit the Kindness Library to find books and lesson plans. In addition, The Nora Project includes resources for parents with infographics and a planning guide for hosting inclusive playdates.

tag(s): aspergers (6), autism (13), character education (71), disabilities (26), diversity (32), empathy (27), social and emotional learning (59), Special Needs (44)

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Bookmark The Nora Project to include resources for teaching and learning about disabilities and inclusion in your teacher toolbox. Consider curating your resources using Wakelet, reviewed here, into one easy to find collection. Add your peers as collaborators to your Wakelet collection as you continue to find and build additional resources. Ask older students to create infographics and posters to teach others about inclusiveness using Genially, reviewed here. Add links, images, and videos within your Genially projects to create interactive content. Use WriteReader, reviewed here, with younger students to create and share interactive books telling the story of inclusiveness. WriteReader is an excellent tool for creating books with emerging writers as it offers the option to show student writing along with the correct spelling underneath.
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How Do Human Rights Work? - Equality and Human Rights Commission

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How Do Human Rights Work? is one of twelve lessons offered by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that teaches students about different components of human rights. This lesson...more
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How Do Human Rights Work? is one of twelve lessons offered by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that teaches students about different components of human rights. This lesson begins with a quiz that asks students to consider additional questions about their understanding and views on human rights. The main lessons take a look at human rights throughout history, focusing on modern ideas of human rights that developed after the Holocaust. This lesson includes a complete Teacher's Guide and support materials, with student worksheets and lesson slides.

tag(s): civil rights (165), holocaust (40), identity (25), religions (64), social and emotional learning (59), world war 2 (136)

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Include this lesson as part of lessons teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. Engage students by replacing the quiz on the included slide with an interactive quiz response tool such as Quizizz, reviewed here. Use the PowerPoint slide presentation as a starting point to make an interactive learning experience using Google Slides, reviewed here, or Microsoft PowerPoint, reviewed here. Add links to additional resources, videos, and images to enhance student learning. Extend learning by asking students to create a human rights campaign using Canva for Education, reviewed here. Canva for Education provides options for creating media such as infographics, presentations, and videos.
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Equality and Human Rights Lesson Plan Ideas - Equality and Human Rights Commission

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This series of twelve lessons provides resources for teaching an understanding of human rights issues and discovering how to take action toward human rights issues in students' communities....more
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This series of twelve lessons provides resources for teaching an understanding of human rights issues and discovering how to take action toward human rights issues in students' communities. It isn't necessary to teach all lessons in the order given; however, it provides a framework for instruction that begins with learning about empathy, discrimination, and prejudice and guides students toward self-reflection. Each lesson includes teacher notes, supplementary materials such as videos, student worksheets, and PowerPoint slides. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil rights (165), empathy (27), identity (25), social and emotional learning (59)

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Include these lessons among your resources when teaching Citizenship, as part of English lessons, or within your Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PHSEE) Standards. Many lessons provide excellent resources for use by school counselors to provide support in social and emotional learning. If time is limited, divide students into groups that participate in different lessons then share their learning with peers. If dividing up lessons, consider having all students complete the final two lessons that focus on personal attitudes and discussions of equality within local communities. Engage students by beginning lessons with a simple group response tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here. Provide a prompt in Answer Garden and ask students to respond; Answer Garden creates a word cloud based on the answers. Enhance student learning using edpuzzle, reviewed here, when watching videos. Add comments, questions, and additional information within the videos to guide students toward a deeper understanding of the content. As a final extension activity, ask students to prepare a plan for their community that focuses on improving human rights locally. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, to prepare a video or website to share with local officials.
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A History of Ideas - BBC Radio

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A History of Ideas is a weekly podcast dedicated to discussions of the work and theories of philosophers. Host Melvyn Bragg and his guests explore everyday topics through the lens ...more
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A History of Ideas is a weekly podcast dedicated to discussions of the work and theories of philosophers. Host Melvyn Bragg and his guests explore everyday topics through the lens of philosophy content. Recent topics include the role of social media in how individuals adapt their persona according to their audience and Aristotle's Guide to the Good Life as it relates to contemporary living. Podcasts include animated videos and are available to explore by theme. Included is an archive of past episodes dating back to 2018.

tag(s): ethics (23), gifted (63), podcasts (65)

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Include this podcast in your philosophy classrooms or as a critical thinking activity within gifted and talented classrooms. Introduce the work of philosophers and philosophical discussions through the use of student choice boards. For example, create a Wakelet collection, reviewed here, that provides links to several different topics found in the podcast archives and allow students (or student groups) to use that as a starting point for their activity. Ask students to use Wakelet to create a collaborative collection that includes information based on their research. Items might include videos, articles, and websites that support all sides of their philosophical discussion. As a final extended learning activity, have students create animated presentations using Beautiful.AI, reviewed here. For example, have students use the template created as an "Influencer Marketing Proposal" as a starting point for convincing others that their philosophy is the correct way to look at the information.

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25 Creative Social Emotional Learning Activities - Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM

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This fantastic article explains the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and many ideas for incorporating SEL activities into the arts. Scroll through the site...more
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This fantastic article explains the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and many ideas for incorporating SEL activities into the arts. Scroll through the site to find ideas for building classroom communities through simple yet effective actions like doorway greetings and handshakes. In addition, discover more ideas for team building, creating safe learning environments, and teaching students how to handle stress and anxiety. Also included is a downloadable PDF that shares specific activities for each of the five core competencies.
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tag(s): social and emotional learning (59)

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Use the ideas found in this article as a starting point for incorporating the arts into SEL activities and lessons. Share the PDF found on this site with parents as information on helping students at home. Ask students to share their ideas on each of the five different competencies by creating and sharing images made in Canva for Education, reviewed here. Introduce a new competency weekly or monthly to help develop student awareness of each skill. As your students create and share images, add them to a class book made with Book Creator, reviewed here, for students to use as an ongoing resource and reminder of suggested techniques to improve social-emotional awareness.
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Interdisciplinary Civics Education Lessons - United4SC

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6 to 12
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Teach fundamental civic skills and concepts using the videos and lessons provided by United4SC. Select from the many different topics, including economics, history, democracy, and more,...more
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Teach fundamental civic skills and concepts using the videos and lessons provided by United4SC. Select from the many different topics, including economics, history, democracy, and more, to find materials that engage students in enhanced thinking activities. Each lesson includes a video along with downloadable lesson plans and student worksheets. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): branches of government (56), civil rights (165), constitution (85), democracy (17), diseases (69), elections (75), environment (218), ethics (23), media literacy (87), pilgrims (13), psychology (65), racism (71), slavery (60), supreme court (24)

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Bookmark this excellent resource for use throughout the year to engage students as they learn about various social studies topics. Luckily, this site includes a link to each of the videos that are shared on EdPuzzle, reviewed here. Use these links to create and share video lessons with your students, including notes, quizzes, and comments extending learning. Use the included lesson plans as a starting point for your lessons, then ask students to extend learning by sharing information through various choices. For example, offer students options for creating a podcast teaching about one of the topics using Buzzsprout, reviewed here. Buzzsprout includes options to personalize podcasts, such as the ability to add links to show notes and the option to schedule episodes for release at specific times and dates; in addition offer Genially, reviewed here, where students can choose to create interactive presentations, images, infographics, charts, and anything else you can think of.
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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (83), cross cultural understanding (148)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Social and Emotional Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better...more
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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which students of all ages develop and use social and emotional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Using SEL skills, students better understand emotion, manage their own, and show empathy towards others. SEL skills also help students set and achieve positive goals. Although this is an ongoing process through all grade levels, you can begin to instill these skills and understandings in even your youngest students. We encourage you to find appropriate tools and resources in this collection to use with your students and in your lessons.

tag(s): emotions (44), empathy (27), social and emotional learning (59)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to social-emotional learning. This collection includes lesson plans, digital check-ins, toolkits, professional resources, and more. Share this curated list with your colleagues and families.

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Looking at Current Events with an Analytical Eye - TeachersFirst

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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource...more
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Perception is reality. Use this extensive collection of resources to teach students to think critically about the world around them. In addition to background knowledge, this resource provides activities that promote critical thinking. Take advantage of the many ideas found to explore relationships between concepts, collaborate with others, and use evidence to create questions for any topic. Use the specific book titles and correlated activities to incorporate critical thinking skills and apply learning to current issues of interest.

tag(s): climate change (77), critical thinking (102), immigrants (29), native americans (82), point of view (7), racism (71)

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Use the information shared on the site to find resources and activities that teach students to think critically about their information. Take advantage of the suggested books and ideas that extend learning through the use of technology. Consider using Wakelet, reviewed here, as a curation tool to share information with students and to share your students' work products.
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Along - Gradient Learning

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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage...more
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Along is an online tool for providing digital check-ins and reflection activities with students using audio, video, or text. Share a question with some or all students to encourage making connections and check in on student wellness. Students select an option to share their responses, and the teacher views reflections within the Along dashboard. Follow up with students as desired to continue the conversation or to make personal connections with all students. Use the tips and content provided by Along to select research-based questions designed to help students build life skills and confidence. Teachers with students under 13 years of age will need to send home a letter of consent, which Along has provided in Spanish and English and for print or to email. There is also a code of conduct which all students must agree to. To find this information and the forms - from the home page click Help Center, then scroll down to Trust & Safety.

tag(s): classroom management (138), communication (135), social and emotional learning (59), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Along makes it easy for you to implement this tool into your classroom with their many free resources. Resources include guides to introducing Along to students and fellow educators. Share the privacy information guide with parents as you begin using this tool. Begin by using the customizable calendar as a method for planning to introduce and use Along. Consider using the information found on the site to create and share a presentation about this product using Google Slides, reviewed here, or by creating a short video using Adobe Creative Cloud Express Video Maker reviewed here. Be sure to show students how to prepare for their responses. If you find some students are reluctant to use one of the modes, for instance, the video, work with that student to help them feel comfortable. Uses for this tool are only limited by your imagination! Check-in with students during long projects or reports to see where they are in the process and if they have any frustrations, check-in after a science lab to see who has questions, ask students at the end of a project or lab what they would do differently next time. Check-in with Language arts book groups to see how students are doing with the novel, their group, the project at the end, etc.
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Distance Learning Lesson - BrainPOP

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Prepare students for success with distance learning using this set of standards-based activities from BrainPOP. This lesson includes an animated video that shares tips for learning...more
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Prepare students for success with distance learning using this set of standards-based activities from BrainPOP. This lesson includes an animated video that shares tips for learning from home. Video topics include creating a routine, making a comfortable workspace, and using digital etiquette when posting information and sharing online. Accompanying activities include vocabulary practice, a comprehension quiz, and a daily planning worksheet. Also included are links to two games that practice digital etiquette skills.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), Online Learning (33), remote learning (47)

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Use resources on this site as an introduction to remote and distance learning activities. Create a link to the site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Replace pen and paper and have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. You could modify technology use and enhance learning by challenging older students to create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here.
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Project Ready - UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science

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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library...more
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Project Ready provides twenty-seven teaching modules focused on improving relationships and instruction to multicultural youth. The curriculum focuses on educating youth services library staff on how to amplify multicultural works. It provides strategies for improving library programs and services for urban youth, Indigenous youth, and children and teens of any color. Included in each module are videos and audio examples focused on the topic. Begin with the Curriculum Guide, from the right menu "Pages," to understand the organization of the modules and the thought process toward creating the cycle of instruction.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (148), difficult conversations (45), diversity (32), native americans (82), racism (71)

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Project Ready's modules are designed for use by individuals or small groups. Although this content is directed at library services, the information is invaluable for anyone who works with youth. Follow the curriculum for your personal growth or as a grade or content-level peer group. Completing all of the modules requires an extended time period; in fact, it might be helpful to use for professional development over two years instead of one school year. If you and your peers don't have time to complete all of the curricula, consider choosing individual modules based on your desired professional development goals and school needs to study as a group or for your own personal development.
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Critical Media Project - Alison Trope

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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such...more
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The Critical Media Project incorporates critical thinking skills and empathy into lessons for students aged eight through twenty-one, raising crucial awareness of social issues such as race, ethnicity, and individual identity. Many exercises incorporate modern culture examples, including TV episodes and YouTube videos. Explore the available lessons by selecting particular topics or use the site's curated playlists to view media sequences covering many focused issues. Be sure to check out the DIY Activities area of the Critical Media Project that contains many different ideas for extending learning. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards.

tag(s): bullying (51), cultures (100), difficult conversations (45), disabilities (26), identity (25), racism (71)

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Discover the many ready-to-go, short, focused activities found on this site during any lessons on social issues and current events. Each lesson features discussion questions, after class discussions ask students to share their thoughts using an online blogging tool such as Edublogs, reviewed here. Have students include information and links that reinforce their ideas. For older students, use Fiskkit, reviewed here, as a collaborative tool for sharing and discussing issues and ideas in online articles.
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Tweetgen - Tweetgen

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Do you want students to learn about Twitter and the proper use of social media without actually using social media? Tweetgen is a free tool that generates fake Tweets that ...more
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Do you want students to learn about Twitter and the proper use of social media without actually using social media? Tweetgen is a free tool that generates fake Tweets that use Twitter's current look and options. Choose from one of three options to create a Tweet, block, or suspension. Scroll through the site to add information, including an image, name, date, time, and more. Tweetgen even offers an option of adding a fact check warning similar to those found on some posts on Twitter; as you add information, the live preview updates. When finished, generate the image, then save it to your device.

tag(s): digital citizenship (78), internet safety (113)

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Use Tweetgen as part of your Internet safety and digital citizenship lessons as a tool for teaching students how to use social media properly. Include it as an engaging way for students to share learning about events in history. For example, generate tweets that might have occurred in response to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Have students add fact check warnings for false information. After saving the images, include them in a larger multimedia presentation created using Sway, reviewed here, that includes student-created texts, images, tweets, and videos. Learn more about social media practice spaces by reading this helpful blog post.

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