At Minnewaska Area Schools we believe technology can be used to enhance student learning and engagement. We know technology in education can present challenges. That is why we are committed to continuously working to provide meaningful learning opportunities that integrate technology. Through these instances, we hope students come to understand the benefits of proper technology use. We recognize this does not simply come from classroom activities but also needs to be directly taught. We have adopted digital citizenship curriculum from Common Sense Education. In the fall of 2016, each grade in K-6 began implementing 5 lessons on digital citizenship. To see examples of this curriculum, please visit this link.
The endless world of technology (internet, games, social media, etc) makes educating our youth about digital citizenship cumbersome and overwhelming. It quickly becomes easy to appoint this responsibility elsewhere. At Minnewaska Area Schools, we believe it truly takes a village to teach and develop children. We want to partner with parents, community members, and teachers to educate and empower ourselves to become better role models of digital use. We are excited to introduce our digital citizenship curriculum for adults!
Minnewaska Area's Technology Integration Specialist, Jodee Lund, has partnered with Nearpod and Common Sense Education to develop digital citizenship curriculum for adults. There are currently four presentations available:
- Digital Citizenship: What and Why
- Digital Footprints
- Parenting Digital Natives
- The Three Ss of Digital Citizenship: Social Media, Selfies, and Sexting
We would like to invite all parents and community members to partake in these presentations. Parents/Guardians of students in grades 4-12 are required to complete 2 lessons prior to their student(s) receiving a device. This is 2 lessons per family. If you have two children in grades 4-12, you only need to complete 2 lessons. If you prefer to complete this in a face-to-face session, there will be a digital citizenship presentation during Open House. This is from 5 pm - 6 pm in the auditorium on August 30th. Parents/Guardians must complete this online or attend the face-to-face session in order for students to get a device.
Our Technology Integration Specialist is also willing to lead digital citizenship discussions and presentations to community groups. If interested, please contact Jodee Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org.