> Getting started

I'm an educator and there is so much out there? Where do I begin?

All areas of this wiki reflect K-12 interests. However, I discerned a need for a starting point for teachers and educators who are overwhelmed with resources to begin looking for digital citizenship resources of immediate use. What I present here is my favorite short list. You will find lesson plans, videos and other resources, often broken down by grade level.

Invitation to readers: please add your resources to this page.
Please add links to anything related to cybersafety to this page. Also, feel free to add links to any of the pages you see in the navigation column at the left. When in doubt about where to add something, please add it to the "Other" category and I will sort it out later.

To contribute to this wiki you will need an invitation from me. Although anyone can view this wiki, if you want to add to it I need to invite you to join as a collaborator. Just email me (jasonohler@gmail.com) and I will make it so. Thank you for your contributions.

Start with these:

Common Sense Media. A well respected source of materials in the area of digital citizenship and cybersafety. From their website: "Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume."

Digital Citizenship Wikispaces. A great clearinghouse of materials for teachers, broken down by grade level. From their website: " This is a resource for grade level teachers to prepare students to use technology approprriately and being mindful of the citizenship skills they already possess."

Teacher Digital Citizenship Resources. A good compendium of resources to browse through.

Unmasking the Digital Truth. The goal of this collaborative wiki is to "unmask the digital truth" with respect to the reasons some leaders today are overfiltering and overblocking web 2.0 sites in schools and libraries, and provide reasonable alternatives which support broader student and teacher access to these sites. A basic level of content filtering is required in the United States for schools and libraries receiving federal E-Rate funding, and the purpose of this project is NOT to argue against all forms of content filtering in all situations. In some cases, however, educational leaders are obfuscating the issues relating to content filtering and access to web 2.0 websites in schools. This wiki seeks to unmask those reasons to provide facts, options and alternatives for community leaders interested in promoting broader access to web 2.0 tools in schools.

Among the links it offers are these, as references/reasons that filtering exists:
  1. CIPA - The Child's Internet Protection Act (mandates basic content filtering - U.S.)
  2. e-Discovery - Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) requiring email archiving under some circumstances (U.S.)
  3. FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (U.S.)
  4. COPPA - The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (U.S.)
  5. Bandwidth - Often a concern the school does not have enough to support a particular website/tool
  6. Control - Educational leaders sometimes want to limit potential user behavior
  7. Liability - Concern that website access will lead to lawsuits from and litigation with parents
  8. Fear - More generalized feelings that web 2.0 sites and technologies are bad / evil
That should keep you very busy. But it should also give you a good idea of the breadth and depth of the areas.