Highland Terrace teachers and I work together to teach our students how to use technology effectively and responsibly. Through Library and classroom based lessons, students are taught how to access, evaluate, read, cite, create, and share electronic resources. At the same time, they are learning to be safe, responsible, and informed users of online information. Over the years, as students participate in new learning activities and review previously learned concepts, students develop an ever-expanding understanding of digital media and internet safety.
We believe that students, staff, and parents can work together to keep ourselves informed and safe as our digital age continues to create new opportunities and challenges. The information and links below explain our school's approach to teaching students to develop internet skills and awareness.
School District Expectations For Student Use of Technology
At the start of each year, students submit an Individual User Access Informed Consent and Release Form that is signed by both the student and parent. The form details the expectations for student use of technology and lists the violations that would result in a student losing access to district provided technology.
The Shoreline School Board Policy Manual provides expectations for student and staff access and use of networked information resources and communication.
Our school district uses Lightspeed System web filters to keep our students safe when using online resources.
The Internet Skills and Awareness Curriculum
The Shoreline School district has approved the use of Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Digital Passport curriculum for teaching internet skills and awareness to our elementary aged students.
Through Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Digital Passport activities, third grade students learn and practice the skills required to perform effective and safe use of online search tools. Students also learn about our school's expectations for safe and responsible use of our computers and online resources.
Through Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Digital Passport activities, fourth graders learn that the internet, email, cell phones, and games can be helpful and entertaining, but require informed and thoughtful use. Students learn basic rules for staying safe online and offline, learn how to recognize and avoid problems, and how to get help if issues arise. In the process, students learn about cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, identity theft, spam, and online time management.
The fifth grade Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship and Digital Passport activities center on online etiquette, privacy, username and password safety, keeping safe when emailing, texting, chatting, and digital messaging, and keeping computers safe from viruses. Students continue to learn how to recognize and avoid problems, and how to get help if issues arise. Through classroom research projects, students become more sophisticated in their use of online search tools and databases.
Sixth graders use Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum to focus on the social and interactive nature of today's digital lives. Students are taught how to protect personal information, interact and share responsibly, and how to safeguard their individual "digital footprint" when using social media. Students continue to learn how to recognize cyber-bullying and how to address problems if they arise. Through the internet safety curriculum and classroom research projects, students learn how to access an array of online educational resources in a safe, effective, and responsible manner.
- Common Sense Media Reviews - Read ratings and age recommendations for movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books, and music
- Common Sense Media - Internet Safety
- Common Sense Media - Parent Advice
- Common Sense Media - Blog
- Six Messaging Apps that Teens Can Use To Share Iffy Secrets
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