CTE teachers like you need to teach their students the skills to succeed. You’re an expert in your field, even if you’re not a trained teacher. With a bit of practice, planning, teaching, and grading can all become second nature. But there are some skills that may not be on your radar. You want to do everything you can to get your students off on the right foot once they’re out of the classroom. Today, that requires teaching digital citizenship!
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Our parents' intent with this old adage was to help us be strong and ignore the hurtful words of mean children, but that phrase was a big, fat lie. The phrase should have been, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but mean words can indelibly scar me for life.” That would have been closer to the truth. It's sad that we even need anything called cyber bullying lesson plans in our middle and high schools, but that's where we are. We get a lot of teachers and school administrators asking us about curriculum on this topic.
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Yesterday marked the start of Digital Citizenship Week. Are you providing ample digital citizenship lesson plans for your CTE students? Maybe you need some convincing... According to Common Sense Education, here's why digital citizenship lesson plans are so important:
Are you teaching digital citizenship in your courses that use technology?
Are you managing digital distractions? This is where we are today according to the article "Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus" found on Mind/Shift. The article paints a pretty scary picture of student minds in today's digital age. I'm not disagreeing with the findings in the article. However, I feel that the article portrays technology in education in a negative light, perhaps without intending to do so.
You’ve seen it take the AES blog and Facebook page by storm! A lesson designed to help teachers guide their students toward being good digital citizens in the wild world of online learning. We all know the life of a student on the information superhighway can be quite tricky. On the path to educational stardom, the bright lights of email, cell phones and social media sites are everywhere—and let’s face it, those distractions are quite fun. So how can a single free online lesson help students keep on task? Hear all about how this little lesson that could was created on Behind the Lesson—Online Learning: Digital Distractions.