A #DigCit Groundswell… I Hope!

Dear Teachers, I gotta admit that sometimes I feel like a lone voice shouting into the void with this digital citizenship thing I always go on about. I feel like I’ve been that little whack-a-mole person popping up annoyingly to say, “Yoo-hoo, over here – digital citizenship is important, remember? Don’t forget to talk toContinue reading “A #DigCit Groundswell… I Hope!”

On Digital Citizenship and Free Speech

Dear Teachers, It’s back to school time, and I was THRILLED to have an opportunity this past Monday to address our secondary teachers on my favorite topic. Back in December, I had been asked to put the event on my calendar, and I had assumed it would be the usual “three rotations, expect 25ish peopleContinue reading “On Digital Citizenship and Free Speech”

Growing Digital Citizens as We Grow Ourselves

Dear Teachers, When teachers hear the term “digital citizenship”  and want to know more about that topic, they often begin with some kind of interest in addressing cyberbullying. Cyberbullying and other risks of the Internet – computer viruses, identity theft, phishing, etc. – are legitimate concerns, of course, and our students certainly need to beContinue reading “Growing Digital Citizens as We Grow Ourselves”

The Intersection of Technology and Humanity

Dear Teachers, One of the things I most love about being a connected educator is getting to know some really smart people who I would likely never meet in real life. I especially love when I see a particularly smart social media post that really makes me stop and think. Recently that post was oneContinue reading “The Intersection of Technology and Humanity”

It’s Time to #DigCitCommit

Dear Teachers, The ISTE 2018 conference is now a fading memory. It’s always such a great experience to connect with other like-minded educators, overwhelming as it is. (Read about ISTE 2018 by the numbers here.) As you might expect, I spent no small amount of time talking #digcit with my nerdy friends from far andContinue reading “It’s Time to #DigCitCommit”

Accurate Reflections

Dear Teachers, Have you seen the recent reports about how selfies distort your face and make your nose look bigger? “Researchers now are cautioning that patients interested in cosmetic procedures should not turn to self-photographs as guidance when considering making changes to their faces,” says a recent CNN article. Even before selfies, I noticed aContinue reading “Accurate Reflections”