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Digital Citizenship Resources

4 months ago

Digital Citizenship Curriculum Resources

(If you have a question about any of these resources, please contact Tim Taylor or the SCPS Technology Department at 459-6709)

The week of February 3 - 7, 2020 has been designated as Digital Citizenship Week in our division.  Schools will schedule various activities during this week that addresses Internet Safety topics such as cyberbullying, Internet predators, identity theft, netiquette for social networking, texting, and others.  Our school division takes the time to emphasize the importance of online safety not only this week but throughout the school year. It is our responsibility to assist in making sure our students are making appropriate, safe decisions on how they use Internet resources.  Thanks to everyone for their cooperation in helping to make our students safe online. Click here to view our Internet Safety Instructional Program.  We are a partner with The Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Here is a list of Digital Citizenship Resources:
  1. SafeKids
  2. NetSmartzKids
  3. Microsoft Security
  4. Cyberbullying
  5. Safe Teens
  6. Safe Search Kids
  7. Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship
  8. Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips
  9. Center for Cyber Safety and Education
  10. Compare Antivirus Software Reviews
  11. A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
  12. Internet Safety and Cybersecurity Awareness for Secondary/College Students
  13. Online Safety Guide for Parents
  14. Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
  15. Staying safe on the internet: What single parents need to know
  16. Student Guide to Internet Safety
Resources shared throughout the school-year on Digital Citizenship:

Resources for teaching Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use.

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about 1 year ago

Shenandoah County Public Schools Learning Achievement Badges(SCPS LAB)

Shenandoah County Public Schools Learning Achievement Badges (SCPS LAB) is here!  Below are links to resources that explain how the program works.  This is a great opportunity to grow professionally at your own pace that fits your time schedule.  If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact an ITRC or Tim Taylor.  

Enjoy digital learning and badge earning!

Internet Privacy Statement

over 3 years ago

“It is the policy of Shenandoah County Public Schools that personal information about citizens will be collected only to the extent necessary to provide the service or benefit desired; that only appropriate information will be collected; that the citizen shall understand the reason the information is collected and be able to examine their personal record which is maintained by a public body.  

This website:
  1. collects no personal information.  Internet servers do collect communication protocol addresses from the personal computers accessing the website in order to facilitate communication.  By itself, this information does not constitute personal information.
  2. does not place a “cookie” on your computer, and
  3. will not track your movements through the website.”

Learn how to validate online content - Is it true or fake news?

about 1 year ago

Article by Richard Byrne

In this age of fake and misleading news being spread through social media, it is more important than ever to teach students how to view websites with a critical eye. Here are three good resources that can help you help your students learn to evaluate the credibility of a website.

RADCAB is a good framework for evaluating websites. RADCAB stands for stands for relevancy, appropriateness, detail, currency, authority, and bias. The RADCAB website offers short explanations of each of the aspects of evaluation and why they are significant. The site also provides a rubric (link opens PDF) that you can download and print for your students to use to score the credibility of a website.

Common Craft offers a good video about website evaluation strategies. Website Evaluation Explained by Common Craft teaches viewers to think like an editor when reviewing the claims made in articles on websites. And part of being a good editor is being able to verify the sources of support for a claim. That strategy and more is explained in Website Evaluation Explained by Common Craft.

After getting familiar with RADCAB and reviewing the Common Craft video, students can test their evaluation skills by play Factitious. Factitiousis a fun game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You'll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story. After you make your selection you'll get instant feedback and an explanation of how you can tell if the article was a real or fake news story.

Digital Learning Day

2 months ago

Digital Learning Day was February 27, 2020.  The purpose of this day is to bring awareness of the power of technology when it comes to student learning.  Here is a link to a website with more information about this event: