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TypeTastic! - Typing Master, Inc

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K to 9
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of...more
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Learn letter placement on the keyboard through gameplay with TypeTastic! The site's many free activities teach and practice location of letters on a keyboard through visualization of the board in three different colors. Keyboarding exercises come in three different levels (K-2 Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle & High).
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tag(s): game based learning (160), keyboarding (33), preK (271)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Be sure to share a link on your class website or newsletter for students to practice at home.

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Inkscape - The Inkscape Project

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6 to 12
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps,...more
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps, and more. The software supports many different file formats and has an extensive set of drawing tools. View the many tutorials found on the site to learn how to use Inkscape and understand the many features available for use. The video tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): design (85), graphic design (43), images (264)

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Include Inkscape as part of any graphics art program. Allow students to use the program to create digital icons for school projects, logos for athletic teams, or enhance images for school yearbooks.

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RobotBasic - John Blankenship

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6 to 12
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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced...more
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RobotBasic is a free program download for robotic simulations. It features the ability to include several different commands and sensors. The program is for both novice and experienced programmers, this site includes several video tutorials that begin with the assumption that users don't have any programming experience. Be sure to read all system requirements and necessary information before downloading the program.

tag(s): computers (102), robotics (22)

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Share RobotBasic with students interested in computer programming. Ask proficient programmers to be the "experts" and share how-to activities with other students. Have your experts create short tutorials using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here.

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C-Stem Studio - UC Davis C-Stem Center

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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from...more
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C-Stem Studio is a software download integrated with learning opportunities for STEM subjects. Videos and interactives provide instruction in math, coding, and robotics. Choose from the different pages to view information about each program. For those who prefer not to download software; try RoboBlockly. Roboblockly is an online tool for learning to code using drag and drop blocks to move robots. There is a link for RoboBlockly on this site.

tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (32), game based learning (160), gamification (77), logic (212), problem solving (262), robotics (22), STEM (207)

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Download C-Stem Studio as part of your ongoing STEM and coding instruction. Be sure to follow directions on downloading the correct version and order of downloads. Share activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector, then have students create and explore on their own. After school clubs and activities can use this program to learn to code. 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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Twitter Chat: Coding: Bring it to all Classrooms - TeachersFirst

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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017 that will open in Wakelet. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat ...more
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Get prepared for the Hour of Code with this archived Twitter chat from November 2017 that will open in Wakelet. Browse the tips, articles, and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Through this chat participants will: Share ideas on how to incorporate coding and computer science into all curriculums, learn about the skills coding provides to help students thrive in a digital world, and discuss ed tech tools available to assist with coding in all content areas.

tag(s): coding (75), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Is your class doing the Hour of Code? View this chat yourself or with your colleagues to learn more about this fabulous weeklong event in December. Make coding a regular language in your classroom, stretching past the "hour" in December. Learn about resources (and benefits) for all grades, even kindergarten.

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The Code Player - thecodeplayer.com

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6 to 12
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Learn to code through videos demonstrating actual typing of code to create items from scratch. Scroll through the page to choose a demo featuring HTML5, CSS, Javascript and more. Click...more
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Learn to code through videos demonstrating actual typing of code to create items from scratch. Scroll through the page to choose a demo featuring HTML5, CSS, Javascript and more. Click the demo image, then Play, Walkthrough, or View code. Project ideas include creating an interactive to-do list, text bubbles, or hover over information over images, and much more. After selecting a video, go to the upper left corner and click to play the walkthrough or view the code. Playing the walkthrough takes viewers through typing the code from beginning to end. There is no audio/sound.
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tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (32), computers (102), critical thinking (110), design (85), logic (212), problem solving (262), STEM (207), tutorials (44), video (249)

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The Code Player is an excellent tool for anyone who prefers to watch demonstrations to learn instead of reading or listening to directions. Depending on the coding abilities of your students, choose one of the demos to display on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector and learn together. Have groups of students choose a different coding format to complete an activity. Use this site as a model for you or your students to create your own screencasts sharing how-to projects with coding. Enhance learning by using a tool like Screencastify, reviewed here. Screencastify works with the Chrome browser to record your screen and capture audio recordings. Have more advanced students create their own coding projects for classroom use.

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Edabit - Matt MacPherson

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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then...more
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Learn to code with Edabit and their progressively difficult interactive challenges. Start by using your email to register. Begin with challenges that match your coding skills, then continue learning as you progress through more challenging activities. Each Edabit Challenge includes a problem, practice with code, help resources, and a discussion area. As you complete coding challenges, earn experience points and unlock new skills through real-world situations.

tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (32), computers (102), critical thinking (110), engineering (111), problem solving (262), STEM (207)

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Coding is an excellent way to teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Use this site as homework, a center, or in a lab setting. Activities are self-paced, so differentiation is easy. However, it is still a good idea, if possible, to seat a more experienced computer user with one who is less experienced. Explain to students that coding is a critical skill in today's world filled with technology and will also be a valuable skill in the job market. Many jobs that will require coding do not yet exist. Put a link to this tool on your class website, blog, or wiki.

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Childnet Resources - Childnet International

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Childnet International (was Know IT All Resources) provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary...more
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Childnet International (was Know IT All Resources) provides Internet safety resources and information for parents and teachers. Support information includes presentations for primary and secondary teachers, leaflets for parents, and toolkits including lessons and activities for teaching online safety.

tag(s): cyberbullying (47), internet safety (118)

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Take advantage of the many free resources found on the site including classroom lessons about cyberbullying and Internet safety. Share information with parents on your website or during Open House activities. Redefine learning by having students make a multimedia presentation such as a poster, brochure, or infographic about information learned using Visme, reviewed here.
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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel - Omkar Bhagat

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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel provides monthly animated video explanations of the world around us. Browse through to find titles including Why do we add leap seconds? and How...more
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The Curious Engineer YouTube Channel provides monthly animated video explanations of the world around us. Browse through to find titles including Why do we add leap seconds? and How Google Search Works. Most videos run less than 5 minutes in length, providing short, yet interesting explanations of many topics. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): birds (48), computers (102), magnetism (36), maps (247), oceans (158), space (222), STEM (207), time (117)

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Share videos with students either on an interactive whiteboard, with a projector, or as a link on your class website. Many of the videos discuss computer programming concepts, making them particularly useful for Computer Science lessons. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept. Have students make a multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Swipe, reviewed here, if you are starting the process of integrating technology into your classroom. LiveSlides is an easy tool to manage if you are familiar with PowerPoint or Keynote. If you and your students are more advanced with technology, you may want to use a tool such as Canva, reviewed here, for students to create a custom poster, presentation, or flyer for relaying what they discovered.

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KidzType - KidzType

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2 to 8
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KidzType contains a full suite of activities for learning and practicing typing skills. Choose from games, keyboarding lessons, typing exercises, or typing practice to begin. Most activities...more
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KidzType contains a full suite of activities for learning and practicing typing skills. Choose from games, keyboarding lessons, typing exercises, or typing practice to begin. Most activities include many competence and grade level choices.
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tag(s): computers (102), game based learning (160), keyboarding (33)

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Use KidzType as a classroom computer center or as a computer lab activity. Challenge students to complete exercises and improve typing speeds. Create a link to the site on your class website for students to practice at home.
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Social Media: Digital Literacy + Citizenship - New York City Department of Education

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K to 12
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Find social media guidelines for students, parents, and educators at this site from the New York City Department of Education. The section for students includes information and activities...more
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Find social media guidelines for students, parents, and educators at this site from the New York City Department of Education. The section for students includes information and activities for students 13 years and older and those younger than 13. For parents, the site details the family's role in responsible social media behavior. Educator information includes staff guidelines as well as teacher guides to student social media.

tag(s): digital citizenship (71), internet safety (118), social media (41)

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Share information from this site with your peers and other staff members as you work to develop guidelines for social media lessons and acceptable use in the classroom. Include a link to this site on your class webpage for parent use at home. During your social media lessons have students share tips and ideas using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Sort ideas on the Padlet into columns based on different social situations, types of online media, or consequences of inappropriate behavior. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create weekly social media advice videos using a tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here, which is a simple tool to use to modify student technology use. Then share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorials - code.org

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2 to 12
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Use code to make your own Minecraft game or learn the basics of computer coding by moving characters through a Minecraft world with these Hour of Code activities. These activities ...more
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Use code to make your own Minecraft game or learn the basics of computer coding by moving characters through a Minecraft world with these Hour of Code activities. These activities teach and reinforce coding skills through the familiar Minecraft game. After watching a video introduction, you will follow instructions to place code to move characters within the game. Free resources include a lesson plan, videos, computer science curriculum, and and teacher training.

tag(s): coding (75), computational thinking (32), computers (102), critical thinking (110), design (85), problem solving (262), STEM (207)

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Make coding part of science inquiry or math logic in any classroom. Include it as part of scientific method or discussions about careers in science. You may even want to portray coding as just another "world language" in today's world. Be sure to look at all the implementation advice before introducing these extensive coding resources to your class. It would be wise to complete the Hour of Code yourself, so you will feel comfortable helping students if they get stuck. Better yet, invite a few students to do an hour with you after school and learn together! You will have a team of "techsperts" to help their peers. Plan an hour of Code on nationally designated days or on your own calendar! Invite the PTA/PTO to host a coding event. Select a video from this site to use to introduce Computer Science to your students. 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. Encourage students to help each other when they have difficulty. Share this on your website for students to use at home, too.

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deseat.me - Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unneback

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K to 12
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Would you like to clean up your online presence? Perhaps you want to know what you signed up for in the past. deseat.me uses your Google email address to find ...more
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Would you like to clean up your online presence? Perhaps you want to know what you signed up for in the past. deseat.me uses your Google email address to find websites you have signed up for and then offers the option to delete or unsubscribe.

tag(s): internet safety (118)

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Include deseat.me with any lessons on cyber safety. Share how the site works on a projector or with an interactive whiteboard as part of your discussions about online safety. Be sure to think carefully about the account you use and preview before sharing with students. After considering the number of sites typical Internet users may have, ask students to research other ways to improve their online presence. At the end of your cyber safety unit have students make a multimedia presentation with online safety suggestions using Genial.ly, reviewed here.

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CSS Reference - cssreference.io

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CSS References is a visual guide to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS describes how HTML elements display on a screen. Choose from within the guide to view by collections including...more
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CSS References is a visual guide to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS describes how HTML elements display on a screen. Choose from within the guide to view by collections including animation, backgrounds, and typography. Use the search bar to locate any of 129 properties, or scroll through the list to find your desired content. Each item includes images and descriptions using the correct HTML code.

tag(s): coding (75), computers (102), STEM (207)

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Bookmark CSS References on classroom computers for use in computer coding lessons. Be sure to include a link on your class website for students to access from home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos using Screencastify (Chrome app), reviewed here, demonstrating different techniques. Share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Coding and Game Design - REMC Association of Michigan

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Coding and Game Design presents the big ideas to gain understanding and begin using coding skills. Participants learn through three quests sharing inspiration from modern innovators,...more
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Coding and Game Design presents the big ideas to gain understanding and begin using coding skills. Participants learn through three quests sharing inspiration from modern innovators, learn how to build and troubleshoot games, and start a coding project. Following the quests, you expand knowledge through Game Design Gold activities that teach Scratch coding and animation. Following completion of all activities, take a quiz to earn a badge or certificate of completion.

tag(s): careers (141), computers (102), game based learning (160), gamification (77)

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Assign Coding and Game Design as part of a flipped classroom activity. Share interesting or more challenging portions on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector to problem solve together. Share this site with students interested in learning to code beyond what is available in your curriculum. Use this site with an after-school computer club. Be sure to check out the Teacher Guide found on the website for complete information on using this site in the classroom.

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Cybersecurity Lab - Nova Labs and PBS

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Defend a company from online cyber attacks with this interactive that includes four major components. Play the interactive to learn about coding skills, basics of secure passwords,...more
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Defend a company from online cyber attacks with this interactive that includes four major components. Play the interactive to learn about coding skills, basics of secure passwords, identifying scam information, and defending against cyber attacks. As you play, meet cyber-experts and learn about a day in their life. Take quizzes to find out how codes protect online information and the motivation behind hackers and hacking of online information. Cybersecurity Lab also includes an extensive teacher's resource section with lesson plans aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, tips for using the site, and a glossary of cyber terms.

tag(s): digital citizenship (71), internet safety (118), STEM (207)

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Share Cybersecurity Lab with students on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector, then allow them to play on their own. Include this site as part of your Digital Learning Day activities or as part of any online safety lessons. Use a tool like Dotstorming, reviewed here, for students to post observations and questions. Share a link to this site on your class website or newsletter for parents to share and discuss at home.

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Twitter Chat: Ideas for Infusing STEM - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2017 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn tips and tools to use when teaching STEM. Learn what STEM means (also referred to as STEAM). Browse the strategies offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): professional development (217), STEM (207), twitterchatarchive (101)

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Do you teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Check out this archived chat for tools and tips to use in your classroom. Share this tool with your colleagues interested in learning more tips and tools to use in STEM lessons.

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Twitter Chat: Start a School Makerspace from Scratch - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from July 2016 and will open in Wakelet. View this archive to learn how to Start a School Makerspace from Scratch. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants.

tag(s): makerspace (33), professional development (217), STEM (207), twitterchatarchive (101)

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If you are starting Makerspace, or need some new ideas, view this archive. Share this tool with your colleagues who are interested in Makerspace.

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Interland - Google

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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies....more
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Master five core principals of Internet safety through gameplay with Interland. Choose from four different lands to learn how to deal with phishers, hackers, over-sharers, and bullies. Interland is part of a larger Internet safety site from Google, Be Internet Awesome, reviewed here.

tag(s): cyberbullying (47), digital citizenship (71), internet safety (118)

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Include Interland as part of any digital safety unit. Add a link to games on classroom computers for use as a center. Be sure to include a link on your class web page for students to play at home. Share this site with parents during Open House or Meet the Teacher sessions as a resource for teaching Internet safety at home. Have students or groups collect ideas and suggestions for staying safe on the web using Dotstorming, reviewed here. The Dotstorming application creates free online bulletin boards that can include comments and voting. Have students make a multimedia presentation sharing Internet safety advice using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, and PDFs.

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Be Internet Awesome - Google

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Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google to teach digital safety. Resources include Interland, reviewed here, an online interactive...more
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Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google to teach digital safety. Resources include Interland, reviewed here, an online interactive that offers participants the opportunity to practice skills to combat phishers, hackers, and cyber bullies. The free curriculum, available for download, is best suited for grades 3-5; however, it is easily adaptable to other grade levels. Other features from the site include a teacher training course, an Internet safety poster, and certificates and badges for students. All features of this site align to ISTE Standards.

tag(s): cyberbullying (47), digital citizenship (71), internet safety (118), OER (33)

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Discover the many free resources for teaching digital safety offered on this site. Share a link on your class website for parents. Include the interactive game as part of a computer center during Internet safety lessons. Use the free lesson plan to teach digital safety either as a one-time unit or as mini-units throughout the school year. Enhance learning by having cooperative learning groups create podcasts discussing digital safety information. Use a site such as Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to create the podcasts.
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