Brenham Tech Daily

Digital Citizenship Week: Fab Find Friday: 9 P's

What do your students really need to know about Digital Citizenship?

The 9 Key "P's" are what your students really need to know according to Vicki Davis.

The 9 P's:










Digital Citizenship Week: TTESS Thursday: Moving to Accomplished and Distinguished by Becoming a Digital Leader and Teaching Students to be a Digital Leader

How can teachers move from being good digital citizens to digital leaders and help students do the same? Look below to find out. This helps move the teacher from proficient to accomplished and distinguished on the TTESS Rubric. 

Digital Citizenship Week: Web Tool Wednesday: Digital Citizenship Resources

Digital Citizenship Week: Teaching Tip Tuesday: Take The Pledge

It's Digital Citizenship Week! While we encourage and promote year-round digital citizenship, this week we will focus each day's blog post on tips and tools to help students use technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully.Here are three simple steps teachers, parents, and students can do to celebrate this week. 

1. Take the Digital Citizenship for All Pledge.

Join over educators by simply adding your name to this online pledge. As a bonus for taking the pledge, you’ll also get our Digital Classroom Starter Kit for free!

Take the pledge

2. Ask your students to create their own pledges.

How can your students become super digital citizens? Have them write their own personal pledges about being good digital citizens in their everyday lives. A pledge could take the form of a motto or a slogan, a song, or a rap.

3. Challenge your families to have a #DeviceFreeDinner.

Digital citizenship doesn't end in the classroom. Home environments also shape kids' relationships with technology. While we promote technology use for learning, fun, and bringing people together, it's also important to balance media and tech use with undistracted face-to-face time.

Share the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge with your families to drive home the message of balance with device use. Copy and paste the following URL into your class website, newsletter, parent email, and/or social media posts to get your families to take the challenge:

Digital Citizenship Week: Monday Reflections with Kim Strauss

Mrs. Kim Strauss
Director of Information Technology

What does Digital Citizenship mean to you?

Being a citizen means belonging to a community and helping the community to operate, grow, and remain safe for all members. Digital citizenship means the same thing, only the community is found online. So, being kind to others on email, text message, and social media is being a good digital citizen. Producing content, like this blog, that provides grow opportunities, is being a good digital citizen.

How do you stay safe online in the digital world of today?

When using online resources, including websites and social media, always look for authenticity. Are they offering something free? Your data is being sold. Do you know the person speaking to you face to face? Then, why are you communicating online? Does the website have a security certificate? Keeping vigilant and watching your surroundings is always a good idea.

What are some tips you can give to our students to make sure they are practicing good Digital Citizenship?

Students can simply ask themselves 3 questions: is the information I am writing online true? is it nice? is it a good use of my time allowing me and others to grow?

How can teachers enforce Digital Citizenship easily into their lessons?

Teachers can provide students an opportunity to express opinions, work as a group, and evaluate online information. If the teacher gives the standard of true, kind, and growth, students can practice these characteristics until they become a habit.

What site do you think students use the most for social media? And, how can students stay safe on this site?
Students use Instagram and Snapchat. Both of these sites are based on photography. The principals stated above hold true here as well. Is the photo a kind representation of the moment? If shown to future employers, would it show that I am growing as an individual, learning and experiencing new things? Am I using my time is a wise manner? Am I building a network of positive people around me or am I wasting time looking at negative images that hurt others?

Fab Find Friday: Scholastic Story Starters

Today's Fab Find Friday comes from an awesome Brenham ISD teacher, +Kaci Murphy.  Scholastic Story Starters helps bring out the creativity in our students by setting them up with really fun writing prompts.  Have your students go to:  Have the students choose between Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Scrambler.

Next have the students type their full name, name, or nickname.  Also, choose their appropriate grade.

Now the students can crank the lever to see their writing prompt.

Once they have their writing prompt, they can choose a writing format.  Choices are: Notebook, Letter, Newspaper, or Postcard.

Students will be able to write in the fields and fill out their prompt.

Once completed, the students can either print or download as a PDF.  Our students, who use Chromebooks, are encouraged to download and immediately upload to Google Drive.  From here they share with their teachers.   

Happy Writing!!!

T-TESS Thursday: Adding Evidence

Creating, working on, and completing your goals depends on how you keep up with the process.  The best reflection we can do as educators is to keep up with adding evidence in regards to working on our year long T-TESS goals or adding evidence in regards to completion of a certain goal.
  • Videos or pictures
  • Documentation sheets
  • Observation summaries
  • Professional development certificates of completion
  • Test data
  • Etc.
To add your evidence to support your goals through Eduphoria, follow this brief tutorial video from +Troy Kuhn 

Don't forget to check out all our past T-TESS Thursday posts!