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How could blogs and blogging help you extend teaching and learning in your current assignment?

Upstanders, Not Bystanders – A call to digital writers

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

In our workshops with teachers, we illustrate Einstein’s quote with the Bully Bystander PSA and Margaret Mead’s with the Price of Silence PSA. Both videos show that, despite the gnawing, gripping, disheartening feeling that any form of bullying is really not OK, it takes the tremendous courage of a single individual to be the first one to cross the line from bystander to upstander. These are the stories we need to celebrate and share!

Two Web Watchers invite you and your students to step up to a global microphone and share, via VoiceThread, what it means to be an upstander, not a bystander.

Looking for more options to showcase student voices on the topic of bystander vs. upstander? Check out the following:

Questions? Comments? Please jump in and add a comment.

Rob on the Road Meets an Award-Winning EGUSD Teacher!

If you’ve been looking for a rationale and the inspiration for bringing filmmaking into the core curriculum, we recommend listening to KVIE’s Rob on the Road’s recent interview with Jim Bentley, 6th grade teacher at Foulks Ranch Elementary School.  Jim was honored at last Spring’s SEVAs as the 2012 recipient of the Allen Hinderstein Award, in recognition of his dedication, passion, and vision for teaching.

Congratulations, Jim!

To learn more about the many ways Jim integrates media literacy and digital citizenship into the school day, you can follow him on Mr. Bentley’s Classroom Blog.

Digital ID PSA Challenge – We have winners!

We had the pleasure this last week of visiting three EGUSD school sites to present student awards for the 2012 Digital ID PSA Challenges.  Students at Herman Leimbach, Foulkes Ranch, and Elk Grove High School stepped up to the challenge and created winning PSAs that addressed four specific topics (foci) of digital citizenship shown below:

Digital ID PSA Challenge

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners! Your work is deserving of a worldwide audience – and will benefit students and teachers across grade levels and school districts.

  • Elementary School Level

    • The Art Thief? – Focus 3 (Respecting Boundaries) – By Shelby & team – Special recognition for teacher~student collaboration
    • Wanted – Focus 1 (Stepping Up) – By Antone & team
    • Cyberbullying – Focus 1 (Stepping Up) – By Alyson & team
    • Caught – Focus 3 (Respecting Boundaries) – By Alexis & team
  • High School Level

    Bravo, EGUSD filmmakers! We applaud both your creativity and the important messages each of your videos conveys. We’re already looking forward to your 2013 entries!

Protecting Privacy – Resources for Teens

“Protecting one’s equipment is not only a matter of personal responsibility but also necessary for protecting the community.” Mike Ribble

For students to practice good digital citizenship, they need to value their privacy and understand how to protect their personal information. Here are a few resources we recommend:

We will continue to add resources on the topic of guarding online privacy.  Please join the conversation and add a comment if you have questions you’d like us to address or additional resources to share with our EGUSD community.

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