Category Archives: Digital Citizenship

Get Techy w/Goals, Logins and Videos

Start the school year off right with having students share their passions, interests, hopes, and dreams while also being able to log into their online space easily. Check out this week’s Get Techy items!

  • Hopes and Dreams

Goal setting can be done anytime throughout the school year. It is also great to revisit it on a regular basis. Below are three resources that will help teachers create some goal setting opportunities for students.

Hopes and Dreams Hyperdoc example for early years.

The Art of the Selfie for middle years and high school.


Student Perspective forms and surveys are found in the Alberta Education Inclusive Ed Library. Knowing your students–who they are and how they learn–makes differentiated planning and instruction possible. Students need a variety of opportunities to share what is important to them and their learning. This could include one-to-one interviews, small group discussions, written reflections, drawings, and completing inventories and checklists. Use the forms in this section to gather information about your students.

myBlueprint: All About Me (K-6), Education Planner (7-12) – some of our schools are using these subscription-based tools that bring in many research-based and current resource tools for students to build up their portfolios. There are ready-made lesson plans and many opportunities to link to the curriculum.

  • Effective login procedures

Yes, with close to 1:1 access in our schools, teachers, and students are needing time efficient logging in procedures. Take a look at the Student Login Cards – template. As well, I know of other teachers that have the student logins put on stickers and stuck to an index card on a key ring so that they are ready and handy for students. Find more ideas with this blog on Classroom management.


  • Use Video to Tell a Story

Read through the 5 Ways to use Adobe Spark Video in your classroom and you will be able to instantly add these ideas throughout the year for any student-centred projects. A great opportunity to work on refining thoughts and ideas while also producing something unique and a showcase of what a students knows!


Get Techy w/Digital Literacy and Citizenship

The idea behind Get Techy is for teachers to try ONE thing to move their instructional practice forward. Think of it as a “next strategy” into becoming more digitally literate in the learning environment.


  • Digital Literacy and Citizenship skills


Our students live in an interactive digital culture where they are used to accessing media whenever and wherever they want. In order to be literate in today’s media-rich environments, students need to develop knowledge, values, critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age.

In Alberta, we look towards Alberta Education’s Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF)  in guiding this work in schools. In particular, Policy Direction 1: Student-Centred Learning where students will use technology, online learning and digital learning to:

  1. access, share and create knowledge
  2. discover, develop and apply competencies
  3. develop and apply digital citizenship and technological skills
  4. demonstrate what they know and are able to do through effectively using a range of resources and media
  5. monitor their learning progress and inform decisions through the use of data and evidence-based reasoning


Technology Competencies all schools work on Global Citizen and choose to highlight one other Tech Competency throughout the year.

screenshot-2018-09-29-at-20-13-12Technology Skills and Resources

  • Assistive Technology, Basic Procedures, Coding, Communication Applications, Data Entry and Analysis, Digital Learning Environments, Multimedia, Search Skills, Writing and Publishing



  • Let’s Look at Privacy Basics


Common Sense Education has many thoughtful resources to support teachers and even parents when looking at digital resources. Take a look at a few specific Privacy Basics resources regarding Social Media.

Video – Facebook and Blog post – Protecting Student Privacy on SM

Video – Twitter




  • Your Data Portrait


No, you don’t have to be an artist nor an amazing infographic graphic designer to create your own data portrait. It is an opportunity for both teachers and students to look at themselves in a pictorial way to create an understanding about ourselves and to continue to evolve with our experiences. A really fun activity and even more interesting discussion afterward! Read the blog post, do the activity, reflect and then watch the TED Talk.

How to Draw Your Own Selfie – Using Your Personal Data



(Dis)Connected, Distracted or Addicted? Understanding the Smartphone Generation

I had the extreme pleasure to attend both the Public Evening Lecture and the Research Colloquium on this highly important topic. Please view the STORIFY of the tweets and materials for the 2018 event.

Important points from both the evening and day events:

  • we all need SLEEP, 8-10 hours depending on age
  • step away from the turned on screens one hour before bedtime
  • middle years and high school students are going out less, doing less with friends
  • society needs to reconnect with nature – go for walks, hiking, playing ball/frisbee, sit around a campfire
  • all media is educational! It’s just as important to feed the brain as it is the body. It’s the quality of the media that matters.
  • try a weekly digital sabbath with everyone in your family

Privacy, Digital Literacy & Networked Classrooms

In 2017, education, educators, students and parents are trying to keep up with the unstoppable pace of technological change in the classroom. It is no longer just about the devices nor the access but also looking at the profound impact on privacy protection for our students. We want them to have active and positive digital footprints while also protecting them from becoming soft targets for commercial data gathering and marketing practices by various companies.

I attended the full day in-depth workshop followed by the evening public lecture sponsored by the Educational Technology Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The evening opened up a discussion on Canadian and American research on the privacy challenges posed by networked classroom technologies and educational software. It also shared new insights on education law and policy designed to protect students from cyberbullying.

The keynote and panelist speakers (biographies below) are renowned Canadian and American research scholars who shared new developments on the privacy challenges.  They also discussed new insights into education law and policy designed to protect Canadian students from cyberbullying.


Full Evening Public Lecture Video:


Speaker Biographies:
Dr. Valerie Steeves – Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa 

Professor Jane Bailey – Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Dr. Leslie Shade – Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Dr. Priscilla Regan – School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Dr. Philip McRae – Alberta Teachers’ Association 

These researchers are also leading a national Canadian research study that is examining privacy, online behavioural targeting of children and youth, digital economy policies, and cyberbullying. Information is found at


5×5 Learning: Get Your Tweets in Line

Day 3 of 5 finds us looking at Twitter and specifically a Twitter aggregator. Tweetdeck is a Chrome App that allows users to create columns for specific hashtagged/keyworded information.

See how you can use Tweetdeck:


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Are Converging Your Learning in 2015?

Convergence defined

#conedtech – an IT/ET conference that was hosted November 8-10 in Calgary by the Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE) group.


It is a learning opportunity that I look forward to engaging in every year. My work as a Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator in my school division has me supporting staff in moving their pedagogical and integration of technology practices forward as well as working closely with our IT department. This conference allows me to experience a greater provincial, western Canadian and North American context.
I was also able to bring along some of our IT personnel who had not experienced this conference and a Principal of one of our new schools that will open Sept 2016. I learned so much just seeing the conference through their experiences. Socializing and interacting with the vendors was great. And two fantastic keynote speakers – The Daring Librarian and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach – just rounded out the whole experience. (Oh, and the food was very tasty!)


Once the conference had ended I took a moment to list all the presentations from the schedule and asked those who either presented or attended the sessions to put a link to their information. The crowd-sourced lists is HERE.



Got a Story? Share It.

I was introduced to microTrend’s “What’s Your Story?” contest via one of my Diigo groups – Digital Citizenship in Schools this past week. It was exciting to see this yearly video contest (for students aged 13+) that highlights creative, impactful and safe and responsible ways to interact online. Not only is digital citizenship an important topic in schools today, but to have opportunities to see and hear some innovative ways that students relate/connect to it is fantastic.

Don’t wait for the individual or school entries to be shown, try this with your students right now in the classroom. Have them create a video(s) using the same specifications found in the More Details section.

Develop some criteria on what would make an effective video? Should it be creative? Memorable?

Have students look at past winners. And have them check out the many resources before they storyboard and film their masterpiece.

I think one of this year’s participants really has nailed it! What do you think? Could you do better? How?