What does it actually mean to "be yourself" or to "be "real"? Those are deep thoughts for any middle-schooler. For kids today, these questions matter online, too. Help your students explore why some people create different or alternate personas for themselves online and on social media.
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You may not realize this, but each time you logon to the Internet, use your cell phone, or do anything digitally you are leaving a digital trail. In this Thing you will be completing four Quests. Once you complete these Quests, you will earn the 21t4s Investigator badge.
When you have completed this Thing you will:
know the concepts and actions that create a digital footprint [Digital Citizen]
understand that my digital footprint has an impact on my life [Digital Citizen, Empowered Learner]
understand the importance of electronic documentation [Empowered Learner]
be able to create a positive and safe online web presence [Innovative Designer, Digital Citizen]
be able to collaborate with classmates and work effectively toward a common goal [Global Communicator]
Your challenge is to open the Cyber Safe by completing Quests to help make the connection between the real world and the digital world. The decisions made in your digital world affect you as much as those made in the real world. In fact, your digital decisions and behaviors can affect you more and for longer than decisions made in the real world--even with prospective employers and college applications!
Earn your Cyber Safety Expert badge by successfully completing the Quests and cracking the cyber safe.
When you have completed this activity you will:
know how to be safe while on the Internet [Digital Citizen]
understand online etiquette [Digital Citizen]
understand the impact of online bullying [Digital Citizen]
A social network is an online community of people who use a website or app to communicate with each other by sharing comments, images, videos, resources, etc. Common examples include Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Using social networks can be a lot of fun and help us feel connected with the people we care most about. Adults also use social networks to share resources and look for jobs, while seniors and shut-ins benefit from being able to stay in touch with relatives and friends.
When you have completed these activities you will:
know what a social network is [Empowered Learner]
understand why it is important to manage your digital identity when using a social network [Digital Citizen]
understand why it is important to navigate social networks safely and post thoughtfully [Digital Citizen]
be able to create a set of personal guidelines for navigating social networks [Digital Citizen]
Computer-related laws exist to protect users. By being aware of the laws we can stay safe whilst online.
Computers are fantastic - they help us to learn, share, communicate and find entertainment. However, it is also possible for computers to be used to aid illegal activities. An understanding of computer-related laws in the United Kingdom is needed to make sure we stay on the right side of the law.
While this lesson was created in the UK, it creates an opportunity to explore local laws as well as provides excellent talking points.
What does it actually mean to "be yourself" or to "be real?" Those are deep thoughts for any middle-schooler. For kids today, these questions matter online, too. Help your students explore why some people create different or alternate personas for themselves online and on social media.
Students will be able to:
Resources available in both English and Spanish.
Games, social media, and other online spaces give kids opportunities to meet and chat with others outside the confines of their real-life communities. But how well do kids actually know the people they're meeting and interacting with? Help students consider whom they're talking to and the types of information they're sharing online.
Your digital footprint can affect your online reputation for a long time. But kids don't always realize that digital footprints aren't just a personal matter. Show your students how they can contribute to a positive digital reputation, both for themselves and for others.
Students will be able to:- Define the term "digital footprint" and identify the online activities that contribute to it.- Identify ways they are -- and are not -- in control of their digital footprint.- Understand what responsibilities they have for the digital footprints of themselves and others.