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Digital Citizenship Week in Kansas

Week of October 21-25

Every day, our students are tested with each post, search chat, text message, file download and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?


To express our Kansas commitment to support educators and parents in helping children learn how to be safe and secure, responsible and respectful digital citizens, Governor Sam Brownback has proclaimed Oct 21-25 as Digital Citizenship Week in Kansas.  


The proclamation/announcement is available on www.ksde.org/take or through this link 


What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital citizenship education empowers students to make thoughtful decisions and develop a sound digital foundation for the rest of their lives. It'¬ôs a holistic and positive approach to helping students learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions. Helping a student become a good digital citizen cuts across all curricular disciplines.


Resources and ideas for Educators, Parents, and Students online at:

Common Sense Media:  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/digitalcitizenshipweek
Cable in the Classroomhttp://www.ciconline.org/digitalcitizenshipweek

Be sure to share some of these excellent resources with parents at Parent Teacher Conferences this month!


Participate in one of the following free webinars to learn about the excellent resources available to students, educators, and parents:

Wednesday, October 23, at 3:00pm CT. 
Learn about InCtrl, a series of free, standards-based lessons and videos, and hear a middle school teacher describe how he's initiating conversations about digital citizenship with his students and helping them be smart online.   This free webinar is produced by Cable in the Classroom as part of Digital Citizenship Week during Connected Educator Month.

Wed, Oct. 23, 6p.m. CT
In this session, co-hosted by Common Sense Media and Edmodo, you’ll learn how to develop digital citizenship skills with Edmodo. Technology Coordinator and former EdmodoCon presenter, Christine Baker, will share how you can utilize lessons and resources created by Edmodo and Common Sense Media. After the webinar, you’ll be ready to stimulate a conversation that will shape the online behaviors of the students at your school and develop a common vocabulary regarding digital citizenship.

  • Empowering Students to be Digital CitizensThursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 3:00pm CT
    Join Common Sense Media to learn about the free resources available to help schools address issues students face such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing, plagiarism.  Resources for students, educators, and parents will be shared, along with:
  • K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum with parent resources
  • Digital Passport, an interactive learning game for students in grades 3-5 that teaches and tests the basics of digital safety, etiquette, and citizenship. Available online (free) and in Google Play and the Apple App Store.
  • Best practices from schools nationwide on implementing digital citizenship
    Co-hosted by edWeb.net and Common Sense Media


Wed, Nov. 13, 3-4 p.m. CT

Are your students copyright confused? This webinar addresses copyright, fair use, and remix culture, including resources from Common Sense Media and Digital ID for teaching these topics to meet College and Career Ready Standards. Help students harness their rights and responsibilities as creators!

Co-hosted by edWeb.net and Common Sense Media


Melinda A. Stanley
State Education Technology Coordinator
Kansas State Department of Education
Topeka, KS  66612
Ph 785.296.1204  fax 785.296.1413
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