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Teach learners about digital citizenship with free resources using Be Internet Awesome .  



Teachers, this is a good PD offer for all who need to catch up on digital literacy at .  Did I mention it is free?  And did I mention that you will receive a free curriculum for your own teaching after the completion of the course?  Excerpt of Course content:

The course includes five interactive units:

  • Teaching students about internet safety and privacy, including setting strong passwords and privacy settings
  • Staying safe on the go by securing your mobile device and avoiding harmful downloads on your smartphone
  • Savvy searching, to help students evaluate the credibility of online sources of information
  • Staying safe from phishing and other scams
  • Managing online reputation, including protecting sensitive information


Three out of four college and university students think technology has had a positive impact on their academic success, according to a recent survey. Their preferred tech tools are laptops and smartphones, and they look to their institutions to provide the software applications and resources they need. And most are satisfied with the variety of IT resources available to them.

Read more in Survey: Most Students Say Technology Boosts Academic Success at

What is it and how can it be taught


What a quality digital education looks like

A quality digital citizenship education must include opportunities for assessment and feedback. The assessment tools should be comprehensive as well as adaptive in order to evaluate not only hard but also soft DQ skills. Ultimately, such assessments should serve as a means of providing feedback that gives children a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, so that they may find their own paths to success.

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Stay current by reading You’ve heard of Boomers, Gen X and Millennials – but how about the Xennialsat

Wrong!  Just because they know how to navigate social media does not mean that they also use technology skillfully for learning.  Read more in Blended Learning Myth #1: ‘digital natives’ are happy to work online 


An interesting aspect of the changing discipline of literacy in Can Social Networking Boost Literacy Skills at  Esxcerpt:

Perhaps text messaging, social networking sites and blogs are a new form of literature that will soon be studied in schools in the way that books, plays and poetry are now. In Scotland, new curriculum literacy guides specify that children should be familiarized with new media and taught modern communication methods so that they will be able to function in today’s workplace. The guides emphasize the importance of teaching students how and when to use particular communication methods. For example, students are taught to avoid using abbreviated text language in e-mails in which formal language might be more appropriate.

The jury is still out on whether studying Shakespeare will be replaced by reading Taylor Swift’s tweets. Parents who want their children to become more literate probably know what they want the answer to that question to be. Still, if your child is blogging or spending time on a social networking site, the news is not all bad. Research suggests that young people who blog are reading and are becoming more confident writers.