Google and iKeepSafe team up to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

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iKeepSafe is dedicated to the education of families on how to stay safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Google to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.

Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth

Class 2: Manage Your Digital Reputation

ConnectSafely.org is a world class nonprofit dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.

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ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

Whether it’s social media, mobile technology or the “Internet of Things,” connected technologies bring us enormous advantages, along with some challenges. ConnectSafely’s job is to help users get the most from their technology while managing the risks and help decision makers craft sensible policies that encourage both innovation and responsible use. ConnectSafely has been a leading voice for rational, research-informed policies — not “moral panics” — when it comes to dealing with challenges brought about by emerging technologies.

Connect Safely is the U.S. host of Safer Internet Day, a global celebration that takes place on the second Tuesday of each February, and founders of the One Good Thing campaign to surface and celebrate the many ways people of all ages and cultures use connected technology to make the world a better place.

ConnectSafely.org was founded in 2005 by technology journalist Larry Magid, also founder of SafeKids.com, and Anne Collier of NetFamilyNews.

Some of our favorite parts of this site are:

Check it out!  This is a world class safety, privacy, and security site and Larry Magid is one of the leading and most respected international experts on safety.

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Net Literacy, the Mary Riggs Community Center, and IPS Work to Donate an Additional 1050 Computers

Net Literacy, Mary Riggs Community Center, and IPS are working to distribute computers repurposed at Broad Ripple Magnet High School to the families of K12 IPS students and to afterschool programs that support IPS.

“Liz Odel,” said Daniel Kent, “has been leading the charge in facilitating the distribution of computers to dozens of IPS schools.” According to Kent, IPS families have received more than 200 computers last month and 100 have been staged to be transported by IPS Transportation to North West High School. In total, IPS families and afterschool programs have received more than 18,000 computers.

“I’m really pleased that we are able to donate higher end computers to the K12 families,” Kent said. “All of the PCs are dual core machines with 2 to 4 Gig of Ram. They have plenty of horsepower for students to use them to complete their homework Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.” Included on the computers is Open Office, and other applications that help students take advantage of their computers for school work.

For more information, email me at danielkent(at)netliteracy.org

Harshman Middle School Uses Net Literacy Computers to Make STEM Learning Real World and Relevant!

Students in Ms. Caren Lettofsky’s computer science classes, at Indianapolis Public School’s Harshman Middle School, learn about computers by reassemble their own computer.

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First, Ms. Lettofsky first has the students build a virtual computer, using a website created by Cisco. This site walks students through various steps to build a desktop computer. This part of the website gives hints and guidance as to what to do. Once the students has completed this part of the website, the students then move to the next phase of the website and build the computer without any added help. Ms. Lettofsky also has the students complete a worksheet where the students must explain, in their own words, what the various parts of a computer does.

Virtual Computer Assembly Application

Learning then becomes very real for the students. Students, in teams of two, work on computers provided by Net Literacy. First, each team completely disassembles the computer. Then the hard work begins as each team reassembles their computer.

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When each team believes they have reassembled the computer correctly, the team presents the reassembled computer to Ms. Lettofsky. The computer is then connected to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor and powered on to make certain that it was correctly reassembled and properly works!

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Finally, then the hard work begins as each team reassembles their computer and presents the reassembled computer to Ms. Lettofsky to make certain that it was correctly reassembled and properly works! Now for some of the students, here’s the best part!

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Students whose family doesn’t have a computer at home gets to take the computer they just reassembled (together with a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and cables) home! Students can now use their computer for homework and learning. This is very important because students with a computer at home are 7% more likely to graduate from high school.

Quotes:

“It’s fun!” – J. D.

“I couldn’t believe it when my computer worked! I didn’t think I could do it.” – J. G.

“He’s been talking about this all week! He hasn’t been this excited about school for years!” – Grandfather of R. S.

“I really love seeing the kids go from ‘I can’t’ or ‘This is too hard” to ‘Look what I did!!’ It’s a real confidence booster!” – Ms. Lettofsky

Click on the link letters to Net Lit to read the students’ thank you notes to us!

Net Literacy congratulates Harshman Middle School and Ms. Caren Lettofsky for teaching in an innovative and engaging real world manner!

iKeepSafe Blog: “How Inviting Partners to the Safety Discussion Can Help Progress the Conversation about Bullying”

Net Literacy occasionally blogs to help other youth organizations and schools learn different ways that empowered teens can help initiate the discussion about difficult safety issues.

Click on the link to learn more about how inviting partners to the safety discussion can help progress the conversation about bullying http://www.ikeepsafe.org/cyberbullying-2/how-inviting-partners-to-the-safety-discussion-can-help-progress-the-conversation-about-bullying/

For more information, please email [email protected]

Lone Eagle Consulting’s “People Ready” Broadband Entrepreneurship and Digital Literacy Curriculum

One size does not fit all and Lone Eagle Consulting helps provide online training for rural remote, at-risk, and indigenous learners. We especially liked this focus on indigenous learners and wanted to share the following:

The Self-directed Digital Literacy Training and Resource Guide for All Learners

Lone Eagle Online Courses

Community Training Resources

Social Media Training Resources

For additional information, please visit: http://lone-eagles.com/guides.htm

Dave McClure’s Perspectives on the Internet for South Africa’s iWeek 2012

Click on the video below to listen to Dave McClure’s sage insights and perspectives about the Internet, produced for South Africa’s iWeek 2012.

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Dave McClure was elected a “Net Literacy Hero” in 2010 and is a member of Net Literacy’s Honorary Board.

Spring Online: A Great Opportunity to bridge the Digital Divide!

Social housing providers are being urged to engage in “one of the nation’s biggest digital inclusion campaigns”.

The Government-backed Spring Online with Silver Surfers’ Day – delivered by Digital Unite in partnership with UK Online Centres and Race Online 2012 – is one of the biggest campaigns each year to give older people and less confident users a taste of computers and the internet.

The campaign – which has been going for 11 years – has helped more than 150,000 people get more out of life online.

Social housing providers are being urged to play their part to help residents get a taste of computers and the internet during Spring Online from 23-27 April.

Digital Unite’s mission is to promote and explain the benefits of technology.  They have been in operation since 1996 and currently offer an online community and free online content to help those new to the internet learn more about its incredible applications.

Emma Solomon, Managing Director of Digital Unite, says: “Access to computers and the internet can enhance people’s health and wellbeing – and open up whole new worlds. If you know your way round a computer why not volunteer to show someone else how to do it? Often, all people need is someone to get them started, show them the basics and make it fun. Holding a Spring Online session can really help.”

See the original article:  http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2012-03-05-Landlords-have-role-in-one-of-the-nations-biggest-digital-inclusion-campaigns

 

More information on Digital Unite:  http://digitalunite.com/about-us

And Spring Online (Apr 23-27, 2012):  http://springonline.org/

 

Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum

Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work. The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum has three levels. The Basic curriculum features a course called A First Course Toward Digital Literacy. This course teaches the value of computers in society and introduces you to using a mouse and the keyboard. The Standard curriculum features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles. The Advanced curriculum features four courses that cover creating an e-mail account, creating a great resume, searching for content on the World Wide Web and social networking. These five courses are available in three versions that use examples and screenshots from different versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Version 3 uses examples and simulations from Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, version 2 uses examples and simulations from Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, and version 1 uses examples and simulations from Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003. All courses are free of charge.

Explore the courses at:

http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/citizenship/giving/programs/up/digitalliteracy/default.mspx