Den for the new year!

I just finished the last day of classes before the winter break. I am all caught up and ready for a rest. However, I would also like to take the time to do something to get renewed for the next part of the year. I try to make it a goal every year to implement something new in the second semester. It is never anything drastic, but even little things can make a big difference. This year Sandy Hook is greatly on my mind, as well as all the tragic events that have happened in recent years. One thing we can do is to strengthen our community and try to reduce the isolation that some students feel.

I have decided to look to Edmodo’s “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media” I currently use Edmodo in my classes so it is not much of a change. I am going to invite my students to participate. It is easy to get started.

The three steps are:

1. Follow the Digital Citizenship Community on Edmodo

2. Read the Digital Citizenship Intro Letter (featured in the community) to get an overview of the Starter Kit elements

3. Visit the Community Collection to download the starter kit or add it to your Edmodo Library. The kit has two parts:

  • Getting Started: Download the ”We the Digital Citizens Pledge” poster for your classroom, and complete the Digital Citizenship Pledge lesson with your students
  • Digital Citizenship Modules: Locate the appropriate folder (Elementary, Middle or High School) to download the 5 digital citizenship lessons for your classroom. Each lesson includes an Edmodo activity to get the conversation started with your students, as well as a deeper lesson plan from Common Sense Media.

One of the most important things we can teach our children to keep them safe is “people matter.” A strong sence of community and the willingness to stand up and say bullying is wrong will go a long way to making every student feel safe in their school and their community.