for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
With technology always shifting, our communities and especially our students need a firm foundation for decision-making and behavior to help inform how these tools shape their lives. In the education community, we call this digital citizenship.
“Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate” covers one of the biggest sexting scandals in a high school in one of the least likely towns, Duxbury, Massachusetts (nicknamed “Deluxeberry”, for its oceanfront homes), where a Dropbox account revealed photos of around 50 female students.
The number one issue young people face online–and it may even be truer during these summer months–is their parents are largely absent from their digital lives. Our experience and research shows it starts with digital empathy.
As a high school counselor, I found it necessary to watch 13 Reasons Why. After finishing the Netflix series, like most, it hit me hard. I didn’t cry as I was told I would, but my stomach reached up and picked my heart like an apple from a tree and swallowed it whole.
Before I became an instructional technology facilitator, I was an early elementary school teacher. A great portion of my time was allotted to reading instruction. One critical skill that I taught students, as well as their parents, was how to choose a “just right” book—one that wasn’t too easy or too hard but was perfectly matched to an individual’s reading interests and abilities.
Posted on December 7, 2016 by Curran Dee and Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Ph.D.
We emphasize that being in the moment and being present is the most important thing we can do. Empathy is the main ingredient in all our conversations. We talk a lot about the person next to us, as well as across the screen. We put these words into action.
Posted on July 22, 2016 by Rebecca Sadwick
While all educators know the limits that budget constraints can have on resources and amenities they’re able to provide, the following five steps can make affording the technology students and teachers deserve possible for any district regardless of size or budget.