During the 2018-2019 school year, I started hosting virtual "tech talks." They were a huge success and I'm happy to send out the schedule for the 2019-2020 Tech Talks!
The hour-long meetings allow all of Simpson County teachers and staff to get together and discuss technology tips and tools. You don't have to be "techy" to hop in a Tech Talk! You can ask questions, share tech successes (and failures), or share a new techy tool that you are interested in!
By clicking the Google Meet link (meet.google.com/dso-nzgb-mga) you can join in on those Tech Talk meetings.
Mark your calendars!
At Simpson County Schools we have selected Common Sense Education to aid in the instruction of Digital Citizenship for our students. Common Sense uses six topics to categorize lessons; Media Balance & Well-Bening, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech, and News & Media Literacy. Lessons may take place in the students' computer lab, library, computer science time or their core classes.
Digital Citizenship is a community, family, and school issue. Parents can use Common Sense Media to read honest reviews of movies, tv shows, books and even apps that in
clude ratings on such things as violence and language. Common Sense has other great resources such as a section titled "Parents Need To Know" that addresses many of the concerns of parents today from cell phones, to screen time, to cyberbullying. The site also has "Parents' Ultimate Guides" that give an inside to view to such things as Instagram, Fortnite, and TikTok.
Google's Be Internet Awesome is another great, hands-on, game-like
resource for both the social-emotional aspect of Digital Citizenship and the technical aspect as well.