4 Digital Citizenship Week Resources

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CommonSense Media has a comprehensive and free curriculum dedicated to Digital Citizenship. The activities are organized by grade level chunks and they include lesson plans, posters and videos to engage students in learning at appropriate levels. Be sure to check out the section for parents. Follow 





Digital Citizenship Resources LiveBinder
is a LiveBinder assembled by Vicky Sedgwick. The binder provides a wealth of resources  by grade level and it is organized by nine elements of Digital Citizenship. In addition, there is a useful collection of infographics worth checking out. Follow @VisionsbyVicki







Netsmartz is an educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children dedicated primarily to Internet Safety and responsible web use. Explore a variety of multimedia resources on the main site, or send students to the NetsmartzKids site for kid-friendly activities. Follow




Avatar Adventures is an interactive learning experience I designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to build digital citizenship skills while engaging in constructive play. Learn more about Using Avatars to Teach Digital Citizenship on GettingSmart.com. Please consider letting students contribute to one of the Web 2.0 tools in Try-It Territory. Follow @Getting_Smart 




A Playlist: Avatars & Internet Safety

For as long as I can remember I’ve been using avatars to teach Internet safety. It’s a fun and engaging way to teach students the importance of protecting their identities when they are online and a great prelude to using a variety of web 2.0 tools to support the curriculum.

I just collected some of the resources I regularly use and created a  MentorMob  playlist for teaching students about Avatars and Internet Safety. If you want to use the playlist with your own students, just click the Share Playlist link at the bottom, then copy and paste the embed code into your own page.

http://www.mentormob.com//learn/widget/172154/580/99cc33/3-0

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!

ThingLink & Mentor Mob: Nice Integration Feature

Last week I learned that the folks at ThingLink and MentorMob had done some work together to integrate their tools, making it possible to embed a MentorMob playlist directly into a ThingLink graphic. After experimenting a bit I decided to remix some of the content I’ve been using for years to teach digital citizenship and the result is the creation of Avatar Adventure. For me, the exciting part about designing this learning activity was being able to create something that other people could understand and use. And yes, I certainly learned a lot as I was designing the activity.

Of course, once I got going I included several other free web 2.0 tools to create the whole package. These are the tools I used, wordled.

Avatar Adventures: An Interactive Learning Opportunity

I created an interactive learning experience designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to focus on digital citizenship while engaging in constructive play. I hope many will enjoy using it, contributing to it and interacting with it.


Many thanks to those who have already contributed content!


Avatar Adventures
//www.thinglink.com/jse/embed.js#286516805558599681
You can embed this interactive graphic into your own site. Scroll over the top left side of the graphic and click the embed icon.

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Vokis in the Classroom


Summer is a time for constructive play. You might want to have a bit of fun and try creating a talking avatar with My Voki. Once you see how easy it is to create one, you have the rest of the summer to figure out how to use them in your teaching.


Using Vokis with Students:

  • Record a welcome message for incoming students and embed it into your blog, wiki or website.
  • Kick off a contest of some sort, the winner can win the opportunity to create and publish a Voki.
  • Teach students how to communicate efficiently through oral messages or talking text.
  • Use voki’s to build and reinforce vocabulary.
  • Use Voki’s in your projects, allowing students the option to communicate a message through a Voki instead of typing bullet points. again
http://vhss-d.oddcast.com/vhss_editors/voki_player.swf?doc=http%3A%2F%2Fvhss-d.oddcast.com%2Fphp%2Fvhss_editors%2Fgetvoki%2Fchsm=cdc7e9a03431c2846e84559b08ce6e09%26sc=3458939

Please press the play button to hear a message.
Watch the voki’s eyes follow your mouse.


Try it for yourself at voki.comVisit the My Voki  website to view lesson plans submitted by teachers and create your own Voki.