Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Internet Smarts - Power To Learn

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Power To Learn is an educational initiative by CableVision, a telecommunications company serving some East Coast and Great Plains states.  Their Internet Smarts web site contains a number of interactive case studies and lesson plans to help students and teachers understand how to use Internet resources safely and appropriately.  Case studies include:
  • Everything You Need To Know About Wireless
  • Social Networking: Don’t Give Yourself Away (with teacher guide, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Digital Permanence (with teacher guide, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Cyberbullying: Not Just Name-Calling (with teacher guide, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Misinformation – Truth or Spoof? (with teacher guide, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Fair Use – Beg, Borrow or Steal? (with teacher guide, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Keeping Personal Info Private (with teacher guide, sample Internet Use Contracts, and parent guides in English & Spanish)
  • Music Downloading – Paying the Piper (with teacher guide, parent guides in English & Spanish, and downloadable sign & T-shirt iron-on)
This resource would be a great way for teachers to address various aspects of Internet Safety (and help Illinois teachers appropriately address Internet Safety and satisfy this important mandate in their classroom).  The case studies pop up in small-ish windows which cannot be resized, but they contain excellent content. 

These would work nicely on a SMART Board or with a projector as whole-class activities, or as self-guided lesson explorations in a computer lab setting.

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