The Sun Hat in Your Collection
Annual Plan for Instruction
- District Coordinator Website -- a site that allows for permanent information that is in a consistent location for school coordinators. (Note: old site is in the process of being transitioned over to a new one.)
- Yearly Coordinator Training -- allows for sharing updates and changes from the previous year and occasionally features speakers, such as the Lexington police detective in charge of investigating Internet crimes.
- FCPS Curriculum Scope and Sequence -- with limited time to provide instruction, the curriculum revolves around the idea of focus topics each year, so that students are receiving more variety and in-depth instruction. Idea is that instruction continues to build upon the big three federal requirements of Cyberbullying, Social Networking, and Personal Safety/Online Behavior. Allows schools to pick the components which best fit their needs but they are not required to use it.
- Instructional Plan -- a two-part plan soliciting both important data points and each school's plan for providing student instruction. Consists of a Google Form (see below) and school curriculum plan using a blank template similar to the Scope and Sequence.
A Plethora of Free Resources
Coordinators and teachers are crunched for time, so providing easily accessed, free resources is a way to show school personnel that the district wants to facilitate their hard work.
- Curated Resources for the Curriculum Scope and Sequence -- offers a searchable database of resources assigned by grade level based upon the district's curriculum. Broken into Elementary, Middle, and High. (Due to an unexpected move to a new site, there's still some work to be done such, as writing a script to create clickable links.)
- FCPS-created Guides and Brochures -- such as the FCPS Student Guide to Social Media and #SocialMedia: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, a brochure for schools to share with students or at parent events.
- Scoop.it! Savvy Cyber Citizens -- place to share timely news articles that can be easily "scooped" by others onto their own Scoop.it! sites for use in the classroom or as a means of extending knowledge.
Keeping Digital Citizenship on the Radar Year Round
Communication is key to ensuring that 60+ schools and programs on the same page. Some resources that keep us all in touch include:
- Digital Citizenship Memos -- posts are searchable which allows coordinators to return later to locate information. Besides due dates, etc., new resources are highlighted and other news is shared.
Parent and Student Tips
- Sharing tips with parents and students throughout the year keeps Digital Citizenship front and center and not just "over" when classroom instruction isn't taking place. Starting this past year, school coordinators were periodically sent resources that they could choose to use -- or not. Some resources were district-created, while others are free on the web. Check out our General Resources for specific parent-related items.
- When our schools or community ask for Digital Citizenship presentations, we try to assist when possible -- whether it's a Technology Night, school council meeting, or local church group. Our Parent Information page provides articles, videos, and other links for them to explore later.
- Yearly Coordinator Survey -- provides crucial feedback on the instructional program, developing problems with student use of social media, etc., and quality of district services.
- Other surveys -- as the need arises, coordinators are asked for their thoughts on paid resources such as iSafe, training preferences, resource needs, and much more.
Part of the first group of FCPS educators tasked with providing Internet Safety instruction to students, Paula taught digital citizenship skills to her elementary kids and had 3rd-5th graders using school email for legitimate communication starting way back in 2004. She used that experience to revamp the district's role of Digital Citizenship Coordinator to better support the needs of school-level personnel. Prior to becoming a librarian, Paula was a high school English teacher. She is also a Google Certified Educator, Level 2.