Join in to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week

October 21-25, 2013 is Digital Citizenship Week. However, the skills involved in digital citizenship are embedded in 21st century life; these skills and knowledge cannot be learned in a one-time or once-a-year event. Digital citizenship is part of the process of learning to live, learn, and work in the global community, so these skills need to be embedded into students’ everyday lives, both at home and at school. Edutopia and Common Sense… Read More

Need training for 21st Century skills?

Is your school or district looking for help with training for 21st Century skills? The Goodwill Community Foundation’s GCFLearnFree.org website provides over 250 free tutorials on a variety of 21st Century topics including email, spreadsheets, social media, iPads and Google tools, as well as some basic tutorials on reading, math and job search skills.

Creative Commons

Big Buck Bunny characters posing for Creative Commons

provides rights to intellectual property or creative works an author can grant to other users. Through Creative Commons, authors can grant rights for copying and reusing material. This non-profit was created with the same ideas behind open source software – our collective intelligence is better than each of us working for our own benefit. Both of these movements started and are continued by like-minded people who want to make the world a… Read More

Part Two: Give Me a Picture Sharing Site

students at computer

This post is based on REAL conversations between myself, local law enforcement and technology directors. These discussions took place over time and with a variety of people. When our local sheriff’s department took a stance against unblocking Picasa in educational settings recently I expressed to the technology coordinator in my geographically closest school district the importance of opening at least one such site. He didn’t get it. Arguments ensued. First argument: Students… Read More