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Another option for watching youtube videos without all the distraction is Watchkin,, and operates in much the same way as Watch YouTube videos without comments, ads, or other distractions.

What is Watchkin?

Watchkin is a site devoted to letting people have more control over their youtube viewing experience. We do the following things:

  • Clean up the video page so you only have to see the video, and not all the surrounding text and images, comments and ads.
  • Get rid of all the thumbnail images on the search results by default, thus avoiding inappropriate or potentially offensive content.
  • Offer Watchkin Smart Mode filtering, which allows for safer viewing of videos for families, and lets users have input to fine tune the filtering.

How does it work?

When someone shares a youtube video with you, just copy and paste the url into the search box above and you’ll be taken to a clean page to watch your video without all the distractions of a normal youtube page — no videos on the side of the page or at the end of the video.

Even easier ways are to use the Auto-Redirect Addon, or the bookmarklet, as mentioned below.

Here’s an example of Bill Nye the Science Guy, come on……who doesn’t like Bill talking about Dinosaurs!

Many schools are beginning  to open up Youtube, but reluctantly! This may be a good option to helping in that fight teachers have with IT staff about letting them have access to Youtube with kids.  I encourage you to check out Watchkin. There really is no ready they should say NO to this method of “filtering.”

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Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 10.49.40 AMA 17 page table full of resources. Title, Standard/Objective, Grade levee and they have even divided up who is responsible in their district for what.  Very organized and quite a details plan.

If you district is looking for a way to teach digital citizenship in some organized, scheduled fashion and aligned to standards, Valley Center has certainly laid it out for you.  Have a look


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Digital citizenship is a key component of the technology and media literacy. We do not teach our students how to be good citizens in the real physical world but how they can be good netizens of the online world as well.Today’s learning requires alot of use of technology and most imprtant of all, our students are using technology on a daily basis- text messaging, blogging, Facebooking, Twittering, watching videos, gaming and networking. They live in two different but interconnected worlds. What they do online can have a severe repercussions on their real life if not properly instructed on digital safety issues and this is where digital citizenship fits in.
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There are numerous online resources for teaching students about digital citizenship, from protecting their information online to dealing with cyberbullying. The writer of this blog post highlights free resources available from Common Sense Media, CyberWise and the U.S. Education Department. Such programs are complemented by educators, including Shannon McClintock Miller, who models responsible online use and utilizes social media in her classes. blog (3/1)     

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iKeepSafe is dedicated to the education of families on how to stay safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Google to develop curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

The curriculum is designed to be interactive, discussion filled and allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario activities. Each workshop contains a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson and animated videos to help frame the conversation.

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NEW! This FREE, pioneering curriculum is designed to empower teens to be smart about how they create, communicate, and treat others in our 24/7 digital world. Browse the units below to find the right lessons for your students.

Co-created with:

  • Safety and Security: NEW LESSONS! Students learn concrete skills to stay safe and secure online.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students reflect on how to behave ethically online.
  • Research and Information Literacy: NEW LESSONS! Students think critically about finding and evaluating information online.

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For School Leaders, Teacher Leaders and Families


These sites have resources for teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom

  1. Common Sense Media
  2. Netsmartz
  3. Be Cyber Wise
  4. Digital Citizenship Site
  5. Yahoo Safely
  6. Cable in the Classroom
  7. FOSI Family Online Safety Institute


These blogs address topics around Digital Citizenship frequently

  1. Anne Collier – Net Family News
  2. Danah Boyd
  3. Innovative Educator Blog

Research To Know About

This research is related to the topic and can provide insights

  1. Zero to Eight -Children’s Mobile Technology Use in America by Common Sense Media
  2. Youth Safety on a Living Internet StudyStudy
  3. The Good Play Project
  4. Pew Internet and American Life Project
  5. Netsmartz Statistics

Related Posts Online Safety Bridge Between Home and School – TechConnects Getting Started with Digital Citizenship – TechConnects This post is cross posted on TechConnects by Nancy Caramanico

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The School at Columbia University in New York City has created its own private social network to teach middle-school students digital citizenship in a safe environment. The Social Network, as it is called, includes a site for videos and a site for photos, with each being archived at the end of each school year. “Drama happens. But my goal is: If you’re going to make a mistake, make it here, before it’s public and permanent,” the school’s technology integrator, Karen Blumberg, said.

Read the full story at Forbes, CLICK HERE

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Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators

Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school’s culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world? We created this free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right.

More info and download the kit, CLICK HERE

And a couple more goo resources:

Professor: Technology makes bullying easier
Bullying increasingly is taking place through text messages, e-mail, social media, video recordings and websites. Kathleen Conn, a professor at Neumann University and a cyberbullying expert, said online bullying originated among male students, but girls more frequently are taking part. Conn said advances in technology have made it easier for students to engage in cyberbullying, which is most common among middle-school students. The Mercury (Pottstown, Pa.) (8/23)
How to prevent bullying on social networks
Many educators are beginning to realize that social-networking tools such as Facebook and now Google+ can be used by students to create groups that include, exclude and otherwise bully their peers. In this blog post, graduate research and teaching assistant Ira Socol suggests educators bring these tools into the classroom with forethought and care regarding how they can be used to support open learning environments, while protecting against the creation of harmful and unsafe situations for students. Socol’s blog (8/1)

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Consumption of digital content has become a daily part of teen and pre-teen students’ lives and teachers around the world are looking to keep pace with educational resources about Digital Citizenship, according to a 2011 survey conducted by the National Council for Digital Citizenship (NCDC).

NCDC conducted a survey of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) members last April to gain insight into educators’ understanding of digital citizenship and classroom needs.

Read the full story and see the results, CLICK HERE

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Wow, this is a great LiveBinder by VisionsByVicky

“This binder is an attempt to collect and organize Digital Citizenship resources by age (grade level). Often when we think of Digital Citizenship, we only think about the safety aspects of it but being a digital citizen is much more than just being safe. The nine elements of Digital Citizenship as outlined in the book Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey are:

  1. Digital Etiquette
  2. Digital Communication
  3. Digital Literacy
  4. Digital Access
  5. Digital Commerce
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health & Wellness
  9. Digital Security (self-protection)


If you would like to collaborate on this binder, please send the email address that you used when signing up with Live Binders to [email protected]
Image licensed under Creative Commons by suburbanbloke: [email protected]/723665503

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Lawsuit marks the latest step in the organization’s campaign to stop schools from blocking access to educational sites about LGBT issues

In the latest development in its national “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which aims to stop schools from blocking students’ access to educational websites about gay, lesbian, and transgender issues, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 against a Missouri school district.

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Interesting.  If you read my blog, you know I think we filter way too much and that is is just wrong for Network Nazi’s to be making curriculum decisions for the classroom.  I’ve said it many times, we need to be teaching kids to use the Internet properly and safely, rather than block everything.  The expensive filtering in many, well most schools is like locking kids away in a padded room.  They do need to learn about the world they will be living in.

Yes, lets filter porn and things that really are inappropriate, but most schools go to the extreme and just filter everything. They make teachers fill out lengthy forms and  jump through hoops to get a sight opened up so they can use with kids in class.  With all the pressures in schools these days, the process for opening a sight is just too complicated and time consuming for most teachers.  The result is they just ignore using the stuff. And in many schools it is a network person who is not even an educator or in the classroom makes the decision of yes of no.  Gee theri job sure is easir when everything is blocked.

My statement is always is the dog wagging the tail or the tail wagging the dog. Who is supporting who? Is education supporting Network administration or is it the other away around?  Seems to me the network folks are hired to support the education of children, not hinder it.  Teachers spend a bunch of time learning to be teachers and have valid state teaching certificates and are in charge of kids best interested in their classrooms, seems to me they should be trusted to know which sites their kids can use.


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by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano of Langwitches blog has a nice list and details about Screencasting type apps for the iPad.  She also discusses why screencasting is important and how it is used in the Flipped classroom model, The apps mentioned are Show Me (free), ScreenChomp (free) and Explain Everything.  Silvia slways share wonderful resources and this is no exception. She  even has a great screencast on 21st Century Upgrade Templates.  She use Explain Everything to make the screencast below.

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It’s important to remember that when you’re typing to someone over the computer, there’s no way to know if they are actually who they say they are.

Watch this video and learn how to protect your students in chat rooms, IMs and E-mails.

A good indicator that someone is not who they say they are is if they are “too nice” and quickly try to gain the trust of whoever they are talking to.

There are a few “rules” you should share with your students about online communication. A few are:

  1. They should not tell anyone there exact location or where they plan to be later.
  2. They should not use screen names that are suggestive or give away their real name or age.

Watch this video to find out all of the “rules”.

by Kimberly of Simple K12 Team


P.S. Your student’s are always vulnerable online. Make

sure you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe.


Listen to this Post. Powered by A short guide to recognizing and avoiding phishing scams. This video comes in an unbranded “presentation quality” version that can be licensed for use in the workplace.

What it Teaches

“Phishing Scams in Plain English” is designed to increase awareness of phishing scams and help viewers recognize and avoid phishing emails when they see them. The video includes:

  • An example of how the scam typically works
  • How to recognize and report a phishing email
  • What to do when you receive a phishing email
  • What to do if you mistakenly divulge information

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Welcome to the 2011 What’s Your Story video contest from Trend Micro. We were so inspired by last year’s contest, we just had to do it again!

Maybe you’ve seen the headlines. Maybe you’ve seen it for yourself. But you’re probably aware it’s more important than ever to use the Internet safely and responsibly. Whether it’s about cyberbullying, hackers, or privacy, there’s probably a story you can share that could help others be safe and responsible online.

That’s why you’re invited to join our contest. Submit and share a short video and you could win $10,000, or other cash prizes.

What’s the deal?

Prizes: One $10,000USD grand prize; six $500USD category prizes (three awarded to schools per category and three awarded to individuals per category). Prizes are in US Dollars or equivalent in British Pound Sterling or Canadian Dollars at contest closing date.

Deadline: Upload by 11:59:59 PM US Pacific Time on April 5, 2011 Check out what time this is where you live

Content: Your video must address one of three issues

  • Being A Good Online Citizen
  • Using A Mobile Phone Wisely
  • Maintaining Your Privacy Online

Eligibility: All residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), the UK and the US, 13 years of age and older.

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Students in a multimedia class are producing videos aimed at deterring bullying in their Pennsylvania high school. The students are using green-screen technology, computer software and other equipment to create the videos. Students choose music for the videos and aim to make them realistic and interesting to other students. The finished videos are reviewed by an anti-bullying committee to determine whether they may be useful to other students.

Read the complete story, The Daily American (Somerset, Pa.) (3/8)

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I have discussed this issue before, you kow the Network Nazi symdrome.

“As educational technology transforms teaching and learning, many districts are finding that once-solid acceptable use policies (AUPs) must be updated to reflect students’ and teachers’ increasing use of Web 2.0 technologies and other digital media tools.”

Well, to help, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released an AUP guide ( Acceptable Use Policy Guide) to help school district leaders rethink their internet use policies and how educational technology can best be used to help students get the most out of their time in school.

The new guide addresses many questions, for example:

  1. How does policy differ from procedure, and does the difference matter?
  2. What are the two major approaches used to develop a district’s AUP?
  3. Is the district’s AUP a part of or the totality of the district’s technology policy?
  4. What are the key federal laws affecting internet access, safety, and social networking in schools?
  5. How do state laws or district policies affect school districts’ internet policies pertaining to filtering, AUPs, cyber bullying, and cell phone use?
  6. Does the increasing prevalence of Web 2.0 and student-owned mobile devices necessitate updating a district’s educational technology policies?
  7. Where can I find samples of various exemplary AUPs?
  8. What are some timely, relevant, and useful resources pertaining to the use of Web 2.0 technologies in schools?

This is worth looking at, especially if you are on a school district tech committee, a tech coordinator or director, principal, superintendent, teacher.  AUP’s impacts all our classrooms and we all need to take an active role in this decision making process.  Because if we leave in the hands if the Network folks and school boards we are not going to like the decisions they make and kids are the ones who will be at a disadvantage.  THis needs to be about education and kids, not what makes the network administrators job easier.