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Book Review: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

digital citizenshipEducation has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight hours between the school bell’s chimes or the struggling budget of an underfunded program.

Now, education can be found anywhere, by collaborating with students in Kenya or Skyping with an author in Sweden or chatting with an astrophysicist on the International Space Station. Students can use Google Earth to take a virtual tour of a zoo or a blog to collaborate on a class project. Learning has no temporal or geographic borders, available 24/7 from wherever students and teachers find an internet connection.

This vast landscape of resources is available digitally, freely, and equitably, but before children begin the cerebral trek through the online world, they must learn to do it safely, securely, and responsibly. This conversation used to focus on limiting access to the internet, blocking websites, and layering rules upon rules hoping (vainly) that students would be discouraged from using this infinite and fascinating resource.

It didn’t work.

Best practices now suggest that instead of protecting students, we teach them to be good digital citizens, confident and competent in the use of the internet.

This 70-page text (click for a peek inside) is your guide to what our children must know at what age to thrive in the community called the internet. It’s a roadmap for blending all the pieces into a cohesive, effective student-directed cyber-learning experience that accomplishes ISTE’s general goals to:

  • Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
  • Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

Each grade level includes 3-8 lessons with a hands-on project for each lesson. That’s 46 lessons and 46 projects–a full year of instruction for K-6 in non-sequential order so it fits nicely into your school schedule or current technology curriculum, with a project for each topic. See below for a schedule of what topics are covered at which grade level. Some start in kindergarten and are reinforced each year. Others, we wait until students have the maturity to understand the concepts.

You also get nine pages of digital citizenship links–over a hundred–as resources.

Can I see the Table of Contents?

Absolutely. Check the photo gallery below.

Price:

Print:    $29.99 + p&h

Digital: $21.99 + p&h

Combo: $46.99 + p&h

To order, click here.

Digital delivery within 24 hours. Print delivery–expect 4-7 days

Want more information? Check out the slideshow at the bottom. I have some of my favorite posters there.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in EducationIMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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  3. Hi, I just ordered from Amazon K, 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5th Technology fourth edition. I read somewhere that the fifth edition is now available. Is there that much of a difference? if so I will return and order the fifth edition. Thanks!

    • The biggest change is that they’re aligned with Common Core. Here’s the link to the publisher so you can make your own decision–http://www.structuredlearning.net/book/k-5-tech-curriculum-textbooks-set/. They do cost more, too.

      • Thank you for the answer. I will be returning and order the fifth addition. The K-5 Tech Curriculum–Set, please clarify, is one manual per grade level or combined? The print and digital would allow me to show from a projector, please clarify digital? Thank you!

      • Hi Toy

        It’s one book per grade level, so 6 books. And yes–digital is in PDF format so you can show it from a projector, on a SmartScreen, on iPads, whatever digital device that shows PDFs. It has all the full color and embedded links to make usage easier and more exciting.

        I think you’ll like them.

      • Hey, Tony, if you’re a subscriber to AATT, you can get a 10% discount if you purchase by 6/21/13 at midnight. No pressure–just didn’t want you to miss out if you were interested.

      • I am a subscriber to your blog. I am at the check part of the order and it is asking for a coupon code. Where would I locate the code. Thanks, Toy

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