By the NJEA Technology Committee
Students and educators alike must navigate a digital landscape that is filled with twists, turns, peaks and valleys. The members of the NJEA Technology Committee share their top websites and apps to help you learn about cyber citizenship and security in the 21st century.
Everything You Need to Teach
The nonprofit organization Common Sense Media has updated its digital citizenship. The grade-appropriate lesson plans are simple to follow and all aspects—videos, photos, worksheets, and more—are included with the lessons. The lessons cover numerous digital citizenship topics including privacy, digital footprints and cyber bullying. A great wealth of resources.
Be Internet Awesome
Be Internet Awesome
These resources are for everyone, and are designed to best serve families, educators and students. Interland has been particularly well-received by children ages 7 to 12 but can certainly be enjoyed by older and younger children, too.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Security
It is vital that the foundations for digital citizenship and cyber security are built at the elementary level and continued to be revisited throughout all grade levels. BrainPop provides excellent, free resources on digital citizenship and cybersecurity. These sites incorporate videos, quizzes, games, vocabulary, graphic organizers and writing prompts all linked to standards and includes teacher lesson plans.
AVG and Avast
While discussing digital footprints and security, computer viruses always enter the discussion. It is surprising how many students do not have a simple anti-virus on their home computers. It’s great to inform students about the dangers on the internet, but it is more important to give them the resources, skills and ability to protect themselves. AVG and Avast are both highly rated by PC Magazine.
Online Safety Educational Program
NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices online and offline.
WiredSafety is the first online safety, education and help-group in the world. Originating in 1995 as a group of volunteers rating websites and helping victims of cyber-harassment, it now provides one-to-one help, resources, extensive information and education to cyberspace users of all ages on myriad internet and interactive technology safety, privacy and security issues.
CyberWise is a resource site for busy grown-ups who want to help youth use digital media safely and wisely.
Childnet’s educational experts deliver a range of national and international information aiming to empower children and young people to use the internet safely and positively.
Online Safety and Cyber Security
FERPA/Sherpa, an initiative of the Future of Privacy Forum, is an education privacy resource center website that was developed to make digital security and citizenship a one-stop experience. Everyone struggles with the ever-changing student privacy legal landscape in education. Named after the core federal law that governs education privacy, FERPA/Sherpa delivers information, news and opinions on maintaining student data privacy.
The NJEA Technology Committee
The NJEA Technology Committee studies the impact of technology on educational programs, curriculum, and educators in New Jersey. The committee is also responsible for helping to coordinate the Digital Boulevard at Convention and launching the new Radical Imagination Summit for Educators (RISE) at Montclair State University on July 16. Be sure to register as soon as possible at njea.org/rise.
Committee Chair: Peter Moran,
Christopher Bowman, Burlington County
Sabina Ellis, Essex County
Edith Farrell, Union County
Olive Giles, Mercer County
Christina Gras, Atlantic County
Bethany Hannah, Salem County
Jessica Hoertel, Morris County
Virginia L. Hoden, NJREA
Melissa Krupp, Ocean County
Lori Lalama, Passaic County
John McLean, Middlesex County
Ann Moyle, Monmouth County
Arden Niessner, Camden County
E. Alix Polynice, Hudson County
Camille Ragin, Somerset County
Aaron Righter, Cumberland County
Michael Ryan, Bergen County
Julie Stratton, Cape May County
Stephen Whitehead, Gloucester County
The NJEA staff contact to the committee is Gabriel Tanglao, associate director, Professional Development and Instructional Issues. Brielle Allison is the associate staff contact.