Teach with Tech

February 2023

Teaching Digital Citizenship

While our students are from a generation of digital natives, that does not mean they understand how to use digital devices and tools safely or responsibly. it is very important to explicitly teach students digital citizenship - "how to respect and protect themselves and others online" (ISTE). There are several free resources that have been developed to help teachers integrate digital citizenship into a variety of content areas and grade levels.

CommonSense Media provides educators with free digital citizenship curriculum that covers: media balance, online privacy, digital footprint, communication, cyberbullying, and news & media literacy. You can find full, ready-to-teach curriculum (K-12), a searchable database of lesson plans by topic and grade level, quick activities (K-12), digital games (grades 3-8), and digital life dilemmas. You will need to create a free educator account to access the materials.

PBS has a Technology Literacy section that is searchable by grade level, digital citizenship type, and resource type (video, lesson, image, interactive). The topics covered on PBS include responsible use, access, commerce, health & wellness, communication, learning, leadership, and ethics.

Google and iKeepSafe teamed up to develop the Google Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum. The curriculum includes videos, lesson plans, and students handouts in the following topics: becoming an online sleuth, managing your digital reputation, and identifying tricks and scams.

The last resource I want to share is from the News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit focused on teaching students how to identify credible news. Their Resource Library is full of lesson plans, classroom activities, quizzes, and infographics for grades 4-12. The Project also has a program called Checkology- that is a free, e-learning platform with engaging lessons on news media bias, misinformation, and skill-checks for students to work on identifying credible information and reliable sources while applying critical thinking skills.

Featured Resources

Was this Written by AI?

Below are three websites that are free and will check a writing to see if it was generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI Writing Check is a free tool developed by the non-profit organizations CommonLit and Quill. It enables educators to check if a piece of writing submitted by a student is written by AI (specifically ChatGPT).

ChatGPT also has a free checker called AI Text Classifier. The classifier uses five categories: very unlikely, unlikely, unclear if it is, possibly, or likely.

The third AI writing checker is GPTZero - developed by an MIT college student who is working to further develop the program for educators.

Virtual Math Manipulatives

Virtual Math Manipulatives resource was developed by Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher. The digital board provides access to a variety of math manipulatives and tools that teachers and students can use.

2023 EdTech Huddle Meet-Ups

Collaborate & Learn

The EdTech Huddle is for all educators (classroom teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, TOSAs, specialists, paraprofessionals) who want to expand their knowledge and use of educational technology. Especially those who use technology in the classroom, actively work to integrate technology into their lessons and curriculum, and are willing to share/model instructional tech to others in their schools and districts.

February 22, 2023

Pendleton- Lodgepole Meeting Room


March 1, 2023

Virtual Meeting


April 12, 2023

Pendleton- Lodgepole Meeting Room


Please RSVP by completing this form or by emailing ayla.olson@imesd.k12.or.us

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