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TF Update 8/21/2016
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For Your Classroom

By late August, many schools are back in session. One of the most important life skills that we can teach our students is how to be responsible digital citizens. ISTE's definition of Digital Citizenship is: "Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior." In this TF Update, we will include some resources to help your students learn more about Digital Citizenship. Regardless of what grade level you teach (or subject area) this is a skill that is necessary at all levels and in all subjects.


SFL K-12 Advisory Council
Nominate yourself today for the SFL K-12 Advisory Council. We are still accepting applications. All applicants must be TeachersFirst Members. Learn more here.


Professional Development

Miss a PD Session?
We had an action-packed summer of PD at Source For Learning. Thank you to the many educators who joined us to learn more together. If there was a session that you missed, the archives are available. The Fall 2016 OK2Ask and Twitter Chat schedules will be posted soon.


TeachersFirst Blog
Come and get an edtech PD snack at TeachersFirst's Blog. A recent post talked about Digital Literacy, this is highly related to Digital Citizenship. This post asks you to examine if YOU are a Digitally Literate Teacher.


Register Today... Fall Book Study
Registration is now open for our Fall Book Study on The Relevant Educator by Tom Whitby and Steven W. Anderson. The study will run from mid-September through mid-November. All participants completing the required assignments will be given 15 points (CEU credits). To participate in this free book study you must be a TeachersFirst member (see how to register for FREE membership). Click here to register to participate in the Fall Book Study.


TeachersFirst Exclusives

TeachersFirst's Must-Knows
If you search Digital Citizenship on TeachersFirst, you will find over 50 resources that we have tagged Digital Citizenship. Each of these tools includes grade level suggestions, to help you find an ideal site to share with your students. A great site to use with middle school students is Digital Compass. This site has everything you need: lessons, videos, interactives, and more. The same site also has companion materials for elementary grades and high school. Take a look at Digital Etiquette to find fabulous resources to use (and share) in your classroom. This site is ideal for grades 3-12. TeachersFirst also has a special curated collection of Must-Know topics. A few of these topics relate to Digital Citizenship. Don't miss the curated lists of resources about Bullying/Cyberbulling, Internet Safety, and Copyright and Fair Use.


This week's Teacher Poll asks: Have you ever written a grant? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


TeachersFirst Featured Sites

Find many resources about Digital Citizenship in this week's Featured Sites:

  • Disney's Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety
  • Think Before You Link
  • Teaching Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Passport
  • Cyberwise
  • CompFight
  • Gaming Against Plagiarism
  • K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this September 4th, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived August 21st Features here, and don't miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

As educators, let us strive together to inform and instruct the younger generations about the importance of a positive digital footprint and the necessity of proper digital citizenship.

Melissa Henning
Educational Content Manager
TeachersFirst/Source For Learning