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K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship

August 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm



Technology has dramatically changed how educators teach and students learn, offering exciting opportunities for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. These opportunities also create new challenges around behavior and ethical issues related to students’ use of technology, and Digital Citizenship is an essential 21st-century skill that guides students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Digital Citizenship is also a federal and ISBE mandated component of all K-12 Education.

Learn the essential skills for digital citizenship, how to teach students these skills, and how to create a positive school culture around technology. Participants will become familiar with the research-based Common Sense Education’s K-12 Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum, which includes easy-to-use lessons, student videos, engaging activities, assessments, and parent resources, and is adaptable to low-tech and high-tech classrooms. The curriculum is offered at no cost to schools.

Topics include internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbullying and digital drama, digital footprint and reputation, self-image and identity, information literacy, and copyright.

  • Discuss the challenges students face in a digital world.
  • Sample hands-on lesson activities from the Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum, watch videos of lessons being taught, and identify curricular connections.
  • Understand how to effectively engage families and build a positive home-school connection around technology.
  • Assess and plan how they will include digital citizenship in their curriculum.

Presenter Bio:

Tim McIlvain is the Director of one of the six regional technology centers established by the Illinois State Board of Education that provide Illinois school districts with technical support, technology-related professional development, and technology planning and consulting services. Tim is a frequent presenter on educational technology topics and is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL), Google App Certified Administrator, and Google Educator. Prior to his role as Director, Tim was a teacher, project manager, and web designer.


August 15, 2016
10:00 am - 1:30 pm



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