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Elena Ontiveros

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Pokémon Go Safety Tips: Catch a Digital Citizenship Learning Opportunity

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros July 21, 2016

When you’re away from your students, do you wonder how they spend their free time? This summer, chances are Pokémon Go fever has caught them all.

An augmented reality game that blends a digital world with the real world, Pokémon Go has players track and capture virtual creatures at various locations. While it’s a great way for kids to get out and see more of their community, the game can also be used to reinforce basic digital citizenship practices.

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Digital Equity: How to Turn Limited Access into Unlimited Opportunities

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros July 19, 2016

As an educator, you know that learning doesn’t just take place while school’s in session; your classroom extends to the living room when students go home for the day. But when families can’t meet the digital demands of today’s education due to a lack of digital access, it can be hard for students to reach their full potential.

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Help Students Be Good Digital Citizens This Summer

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros July 08, 2016

Just because the school is out doesn't mean your lessons have to stop. Students will be messaging, sharing, and posting all summer long, so now is a good time to put the digital citizenship skills you’ve been teaching into perspective.

Using Common Sense Education’s eight areas of digital citizenship, following are ways you can correlate each to what students will be doing during break:

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5 Questions to Get Students Thinking Critically About Spam

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros May 31, 2016

spam_email_image.jpgSpam can be hard to navigate at any age, but especially so for digital natives who tend to be more trusting of their online interactions. While email and messaging providers try to filter junk mail, scammers are getting more clever and their tricks more subtle. Just because a message reaches your inbox doesn’t mean it’s safe.

It’s especially important to teach kids how to identify potentially dangerous emails. In the “Share Spam With Students” lesson plan on her blog Teacher Talk, Alice Keeler asks students to look at everything from spelling to URLs to help identify whether a message is legitimate. To try this digital citizenship activity in your classroom, use Keeler’s checklist of clues and these five questions to get your students thinking more critically:

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End-Of-Year Writing Activity That’s Positively Personal

Elena Ontiveros Elena Ontiveros May 24, 2016

It’s that time of year when everyone is focused on the last day of school. The countdown has begun and administrators, teachers, and students alike are calculating the days, hours, and minutes until that final bell rings.

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