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New Curriculum for Empowering Students to Protect Their Online Privacy

Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to attend the EdTechTeam Google Summit at Roseville High School, where we learned about Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum.

This newest project from the EdTechTeam has three big selling points: The lessons are correlated to ISTE Standards and Integrated with Google Classroom, with an emphasis on digital citizenship. The lessons address timely, relevant topics (e.g., from conducting research and writing a report – to creating a budget spreadsheet) and are easily adaptable to a range of grade levels (including adults) and subject areas.

So far, we have explored the If-Then Adventure Story unit, which fits beautifully into both English/Language Arts as well as History/Social Science. This weekend, during our What You Should Know Before Clicking “I Accept” Saturday Seminar session for EGUSD staff, we’ll be sharing the Technology, Ethics, and Security lesson.

Sample lesson from Google's Applied Digital Skills.

Sample lesson from Google’s Applied Digital Skills.


The lesson objectives begin with an emphasis on protecting student privacy:

  • Explore all sides of the topic they choose related to technology, ethics, and security
  • Explain technology’s risks and dangers, and consider solutions to keep users safe
  • Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
  • Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

We are impressed with the Applied Digital Skills Curriculum for both the digital citizenship connections and the real-life connections. If you pilot any of the lessons, we would welcome and value any feedback on the program. Please jump in with comments.

Did you Know?

Did you know that Monday, January 28, 2019 is Data Privacy Day“Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.” – Stay Safe Online, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

We are continuing our efforts to provide resources on this important topic and focus area (Protecting Online Privacy) of our digital citizenship program.  Stay Safe Online has some great resources, including an eye-catching, informative infographic. To see the expanded infographic, click on the image below.

Data Privacy Day Infographic

“Personal Information is like money. Value it. Protect it.”  –

It’s exciting to see a growing bank of resources that addresses a timely topic. We appreciate the work that Common Sense and Google have put into developing engaging lessons. Please let us know if you have additional resources to share.


Teaching Digital Citizenship in 2017-18

We wanted to share a couple of noteworthy resources for the new school year. 

Common Sense Media has created a guide for all teachers: Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning. The guide contains a set of digital dilemmas that students may face at some point in their lives. Sample scenarios, such as the one below, are bundled with discussion questions, digital tools and extension lesson resources.

Erin was home sick from school watching a movie when she looked down at her phone and saw her screen filled with text messages written in capital letters and punctuated with exclamation points. “I HATE YOU!!!

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship and Social and Emotional Learning

Each discussion question will get students’ thinking and talking about character. Resources within the guide include digital citizenship lesson plans and suggested digital tools for building strengths –  like empathy and perseverance. Extension resources include digital citizenship lesson links that follow CSM’s scope and sequence for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Topics explored include:

  • Social Media & Body Image
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting & Nude Photographs
  • Digital Footprints & Photo Sharing
  • Privacy, Surveillance & Self-Disclosure
  • Sexual Imagery & the Internet
  • Distraction, Multitasking & Time Management
  • Digital Drama
  • Video Games & Violent Content
  • Selfie Culture

Digital citizenship continues to be the fastest changing subject we teach and we appreciate having quality/timely resources to share with our teachers. 

Google has introduced Be Internet Awesome. We had the good fortune to be invited to Google on August 14 to join a team of Googlers and Google Certified Innovators to explore the Be Internet Awesome program and to participate in panel and group discussions on the critical need to be teaching digital citizenship skills –  including media literacy (i.e. “Don’t Fall for Fake”)  – in the 2017-18 school year. As you can see from the video below, the importance of including parents in the conversations is central.

At the heart of the Be Internet Awesome curriculum is Interland, a “playful browser-based game, intended for grades 3-6,  that makes learning about digital safety interactive and fun.” 

Be Internet Awesome - Interland

Award-winning YA author John Green, has even joined the Google team and recorded messages for the Be Internet Awesome Challenge, a video series aimed at igniting conversations in the classroom and at home too on what it means to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online; in other words, how to #BeInternetAwesome. 

The Global Digital Citizenship Foundation is also promoting John Green’s Be Internet Awesome Challenge. The program has also gained recognition from The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) by awarding #BeInternetAwesome with their Seal of Alignment for Readiness for the 2016 ISTE NETS.

We look forward to showcasing how our teachers and school’s are engaging in impactful discussions stemming from these two resources.

Google simplifies search process for copyright friendly images

Finding copyright free images via Google’s robust search engine just got easier.  Matt Cutts, head of Google’s Webspam team, tweeted (see image below) about the ease of finding image usage rights through the newly updated “Search tools” option. In the past, finding copyright free images required clicking through multiple advanced search options to find usage rights. The new shortcut simplifies the process.


As you can seen in the image below, all you need to do is:
1. Type in your search term
2. Click on “Images”
3. Click on “Search tools,” which will open a secondary menu below. Click on “Usage Rights”
4. Select your image filtering option

Google Search

5. Now select the image you would like to use; then click on the image again to bring up the Creative Commons licensing. Depending on where the image is located (Flickr, Wikimedia Commons, etc.), you may have to hunt for the specific licensing requirements. For example, when we click on the image of the daffodil below, photographer David R. Tribble has granted permission for reuse via Creative Commons requiring that users credit him (attribution).

Image Source: David R. Tribble

Creative Commons

You are free:

  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

To keep Elk Grove Unified School District staff informed about Google search tips as well as copyright and fair use issues, EGUSD’s Technology Service’s Department continues to offer their Just Google It! and Teaching Copyright Fair Use to the Remix Generation workshops.

We extend an invite to all EGUSD employees interested in attending these workshops. Registration is available online through ERO.
Just Google It! – January 23, 2014 – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Teaching Copyright Fair Use to the Remix Generation – March 4, 2014 – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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