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Do Students or You Know about Their Digital Footprints?
By National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz
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Do students know about their digital footprints or do you? The answer is most cases is no. Those caught up in the excitement of seeing their name or image on the screen forget that this isn’t just a passing fad, but forever. With technology altering the way we teach and the way students learn it is mandatory that educators take a look at what a digital footprint is and how students can limit it.
Even the term, digital footprint, means very little to some students. So the best place to start is to explain how people learned to track as a way of finding animals. Thus the term footprint means that they are, in fact, the animal being tracked. The digital term is easier for students to understand as it means anything that they do that requires the use of technology. In other words a digital footprint is the traces that they leave on the Internet.

The biggest mistake is that students and others don’t understand that hitting the delete button does not remove the image one it has been placed online. It remains there forever, including in their own computer. Just as the history of where you have gone is traceable so can the images and comments that appear on everything from Facebook to Twitter to emails and beyond. This leads us to the first rule: Don’t put your name on anything. Use pseudonymous.
Next, have students make a list of all their accounts and all the people that they communicate. They should make sure that all setting when talking with these individuals is on privacy in their security settings. Having the students use
http://lifehacker.com/this-infographic-shows-you-how-to-delete-yourself-from-1536935719
should help in this regard. This will also show them sites that they no longer use and these should be deleted.

The next step is to have them check their passwords for each account and make sure they are not using the same one. This avoids having all their accounts compromised. As well, there should be an absolute promise that the materials sent are only to those on a need to know basis. Don’t send out mass mailings. Having a good username that is different for each account is also a help.
When sending pictures don’t send the names of the people in the photo or where it was taken. Those people who don’t know who in is the picture can ask.
Next, have an email for each account. They are free, in most cases, and although they make it more of a burden to handle passwords and user names, they can also serve to help you control what is going out and make it far easier to handle incoming messages as they go to specific accounts. Limit the email accounts to five or six so it is easier to check your messages.

It is important that you understand what cookies are and how they are used by companies. First, they make loading faster, but they also provide a history of where you went and what you were looking for and this information is kept to build a picture of you. This happens regardless of whether or not you are using a privacy setting and is used by most everyone such as YouTube and Google. It is not used by ReachEveryChild, which does not use cookies. Here is a list of search engines that don’t track your use and may be of value as an alternative to the more popular ones.
http://www.howtogeek.com/113513/5-alternative-search-engines-that-respect-your-privacy/

Indeed, the use of major tracking search engines can also impact your searches as they seek to provide you the information you may want first. It is almost impossible to limit this. This link explains that concept:
http://dontbubble.us/

It is difficult to avoid this especially as some eduction sites require a log-in. Again, that is why http://www.reacheverychild.com is so unique as no log-in is required. To avoid cookies you can check out this site:
http://www.howtogeek.com/63721/how-to-block-all-cookies-except-for-sites-you-use/

You may also want to download https://www.ghostery.com/ and others such sites to avoid such tracking.
Ultimately, it comes down to self control and making sure the student knows that the Internet can be used as a tool for good and evil. Even the IP address on the computer used can be tracked

http://www.wikihow.com/Block-Your-IP-Address and so it is valuable that it is made clear that the simple act of placing a message and/or photo on the worldwide web could be used by potential employers and others to get a profile that may not be flattering and those who have ulterior motives may also be lurking.
The bottom line is make sure that all sites that are used and all messages are sent with caution and if you are using the Internet for searches.
Videos that explains the concept

Student/Parent education sites
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/digital-footprint
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/a-great-guide-on-teaching-students.html

Places where you can check some of your leavings
Don’t be surprised.
https://pipl.com/
http://www.zabasearch.com/
http://www.123people.com/

A lesson on digital footprints
Very complete
https://sites.google.com/site/digcitizenshipadventures/managing-your-digital-footprint

Statistics on digital footprints
Very important to show how few people actually check.
http://www.pewinternet.org/2007/12/16/digital-footprints/

A large link site
http://cybraryman.com/digitalfootprints.html

Seven Vital Tips for the First Day of School
by National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz
for more free resources
http://reacheverychild.com/blog/2014/not-so-secret-formula-improves-writing

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
— Will Rogers

That quote might not be accurate, but it won’t hurt to be prepared and let the students know you are prepared. To enable this to happen there are seven important steps that should be taken to get the most of this first impression.

First, be prepared. Have your first day well planned out including a seating chart for the students. It is important to have good discipline from the first day, but that does not mean you have to be mean. Raising a hand to ask a question, asking permission to leave the room, even where to pick-up or hand-in work should be explained as well as the late work policy. Above all spend time reviewing school safety rules. Where are the exits, the fire extinguisher and the emergency routes? You don’t have to make the students afraid of you, but they need to know what your expectations are and when they can get extra help.

Secondly, take control. This is their first day in your class. They need to know the rules and the expect ions. Posting them in the classroom is always a good idea. I recommend having a handout for each student with the discipline code, your contact numbers, materials that they may need to bring, and any other school information. You may not have time to go over the school handbook, but make sure that every student has one as well as any textbooks that are required.

Thirdly, take a long look at your classroom. The first code in your community, if it is like other towns, usually limits the number of flammable items to about 20 percent of the wall space. There cannot be anything hanging from the ceiling or blocking the doors. Sofas and other upholstered items may also be deemed a violation of the rules regardless of how good an idea it might be. I recommend you dedicate at least one board to posting of school related items. As for the other space, I recommend you have students design them based on what is being covered in class.

Fourth, Some of the students may not know each other and so an ice breaker may be of value. I don’t use them, but some teachers find them of value. One idea I sometimes use is to bring in a wolf or other stuffed animal and have the students submit names to name our classroom mascot.

Fifth, Get personal information. I give the students a card asking them for their home contact numbers as well as their interests and favorite hobbies. I even ask them to bring a paper that they did in previous years that they are proud of so they can show it to me later in the week as I get to know them better. And, I always try to contact the parents within the first couple weeks of school or at a Back to School night. Sometimes messages from a student’s get changed by the time they get home, if you know what I mean.

Sixth, be open to new ideas. I have posted a great many links here. Spend some time and maybe you can discover fresh ideas. Consider having the students write a short autobiography to get to know them.

Finally, be yourself. Whether your first day of class or your 40th, the most important message to leave with your students is that you are a caring teacher. Yes, you have rules, but that does not mean you or without compassion and understanding. Remember, you don’t want to mark Will Rodgers wrong.
Read up on classroom management
http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/ClassroomManagement.html

A list of great ideas for new and experience teachers.
http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Schroeder-FirstDay.html

Ice Breakers and Checklists from Education World
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson074.shtml
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson073.shtml

Planning for your first day of school
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr360.shtml

Establishing rules
Ten Ideas
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson274.shtml

Ideas for preparing to work with parents
http://www.middleweb.com/9637/parents-inclusion-classrooms/

Huge selection of ideas and links on everything.
http://www.proteacher.com/030005.shtml

Activities and sample handout forms
http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Back_to_School/

Middle and elementary school ideas including school tour
http://www.cbv.ns.ca/sstudies/activities/1rstday/1rst.html

Back to school bulletin boards
Remember that decorating a door may be a fire code violation.
Mainly for elementary
http://tinyurl.com/ob5v2dk

Interesting collection
http://atozteacherstuff.com/Tips/Back-to-School/Icebreakers-Getting_Acquainted/index.shtml

Lots of lesson planning sites
A good place to look for new ideas
http://www.teachingtips.com/articles/Jthefirstday1.html

Set up your classroom seating arrangement virtually
http://teacher.scholastic.com/tools/class_setup/

Bulletin Boards by Month
http://bulletinboards.theteacherscorner.net/monthly/

World Cup of Soccer Lessons: Teachable Moments
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

For more free resources go to
http://reacheverychild.com/blog/2014/not-so-secret-formula-improves-writing

The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12th in Brazil and is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and the coverage is bound to be huge. There are 32 teams from around the world participating the event. The World Cup offers a great way to integrate lessons that involve a variety of subjects from art to zoology. With the results being available daily the lessons can be updated. Since some places may not have coverage of the event I highly recommend you use the Internet to keep current.

I find that even those students who are not interested in soccer enjoy getting involved in using the variety of information interesting for math practice such as percentages, graphing, and even probabilities. They also like to make a book of the animals that represent those countries in the form of an animal atlas and design flags for their teams. The lessons can easily meet Common Core standards in math and literacy.

Official site
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/

This site has updates on the World Cup
http://www.espnfc.com/league/_/id/fifa.world/fifa-world-cup?cc=5901

Soccer lessons from Great Britain.
A wide variety including songs.
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/themes/worldcup/

Compare the stadiums
A fun site that has pictures and data on the places in Brazil where the games will be played. Students can compare rainfall, temperature and even the capacity of each stadium to write an essay on why there choice is best or a compare and contrast essay or make a graphs of the information.
http://tinyurl.com/of8pkez
A free app
This site has flags of the nations.
http://eflclassroom.com/store/products/world-cup-resources/

Huge link sites
http://www.2learn.ca/specialedition/fifa/fifa.aspx

AND
http://tinyurl.com/246hfnt

Printables for younger students
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/world-cup-for-kids

A photo essay on the history of the World Cup
http://tinyurl.com/q8q6td6
A unique math game based on soccer
http://www.sharemylesson.com/teaching-resource/Soccer-Coordinates-Math-Game-50012204/

ESL Lessons
Includes tests and listening skill practice.
http://www.esolcourses.com/topics/football.html

More ESL Lessons
News English Lessons
ESL / EFL Lesson Activity on Brazil World Cup
http://tinyurl.com/mml5eka

The New York Times has a blog about the event
The site has both synonyms and quizzes.
http://tinyurl.com/nnoq2lr
Probability lessons for older students
http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/05/28/1863382/lessons-in-supply-and-demand-goldman-on-the-world-cup/

April Grants for Teachers
by Alan Haskvitz

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InvenTeam
For high school students.
InvenTeam projects span many fields from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants are encouraged to consider needs of the world’s poorest people (those earning $2/day) when brainstorming invention ideas.
https://LemelsonMIT.slideroom.com

A large link site with rolling deadlines.
Most everything is listed here
http://www.grantsalert.com/grants/all

Target grants
For everything from field trips to early childhood reading to arts.
Well worth exploring.
https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants

Farm to school grants
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.
http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/fy-2015-farm-school-grant-program-funds-available

The Optical Society
A variety of grants for service learning and professional development
http://www.osa.org/en-us/membership_education/grants_recognitions_special_services/grants_fellowships/activity_grant/

A large link for larger grants
http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/funding

Unsung hero grants
http://ing.us/about-ing/responsibility/childrens-education/ing-unsung-heroes

Grants for teachers or teams of teachers
http://mccartheydressman.org/2014/01/15/deadline-for-20142015-funding-is-april-15-10000-grants-and-6000-scholarships-available/

Healthy Family grants
This is a large link site and even though some entries have past their deadlines it does not mean that the 2014 ones are not coming online.
http://www.sparkpe.org/grants/grantoftheweek/

Common Core Video Resources

There certainly isn’t a shortage of Common-core related videos and resources and that is the good and the bad news. A simple Google search reveals over 8.5 million possible websites offering everything from paid lesson plans to teachers demonstration videos. In most cases the material is limited in value or meant for a non-teachers. So I put together the better free sites to help narrow that search. If you have another to share just email me by clicking on my name at http://www.reacheverychild.com

 

A good starting point

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/common-core.html

 

A collection of ten important sites including those featuring teachers demonstrating practices as well as important sites that explain various  aspects of Common Core.

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/15-more-resources-for-common-core-learning/

 

Resources by subject area

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/curriculum/109-common-core-resources-for-teachers-by-content-area/

 

Classroom videos showing math instruction

http://insidemathematics.org/index.php/classroom-video-visits

 

175 Videos on all aspects of Common Core with the emphasis on how teachers are implementing it.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?page=1&categories=topics_common-core&load=1

 

200 Videos

Mixed quality, but good descriptions and the teacher rating system helps winnow out the less useful.

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=common+core

 

This is a large link site with an index by subject matter. Some videos are linked.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/CommonCoreClassroom/CommonCoreRoundup/default.htm

 

Share My Lesson

This site was created by the American Federation of Teachers. You may have to register.

They have a teacher rating system that can be of value in finding those that others have found to have the most value.

http://www.sharemylesson.com/TaxonomySearchResults.aspx?area=resources&keywords=common+core+video

 

Here are the Share My Lesson site’s resources by subject area:

http://www.sharemylesson.com/article.aspx?storyCode=50000148

 

LearnZillion is a site that contains a great many resources

You have to register, but it is worth it if just to see this extremely useful visual which shows what has be to taught at when. A must visit.

http://learnzillion.com/common_core/ela

A variety of lessons with excellent explanations.

http://learnzillion.com/explore

Guided reading

By National Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz

For young and ESL readers guided reading presents a supportive and remediative form of learning to read that offers students the benefits of sharing accomplishments and overcoming weaknesses. It takes time to set-up, needs consistency, and a lot of time, but once the method is mastered it can nearly run itself if the necessary resources are available. Below are some of the best ones I could find about reading and guided reading.

Help for slow learning child

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/slowlearners.html

Strategies for motivating readers

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/motivating_readers.html

 

Phonics and teaching reading

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/phonics.html

Videos about guided reading

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=guided+reading

A fairly comprehensive site

Most everything you need to know here from questioning skills to the time allocation.

http://www.oe.k12.mi.us/balanced_literacy/guided_reading.htm

A good how-to site

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/de/pd/instr/strats/guided/guided.html

An excellent site for those just started using guided reading

It includes a full range of helpful resources.

http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/Guided%20Reading.htm

A good wiki article

It explains how to do it and provides lesson ideas.

http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Guided_Reading

Making Guided Reading Multi-level

Introduces the four block method.

http://www.wfu.edu/education/fourblocks/block1.html

The Significant Benefits of Guided Reading

With Specific Instructions on How to Use Guided Reading

http://righttrackreading.com/guidedreading.html

 9-11 Lessons and Links: 10th Anniversary Ideas

 by Alan Haskvitz

Voted 100 Most Important Educators in the World

for more resources go tohttp://www.reacheverychild.com

 From Time Magazine:

What my students did on 9/11

http://www.time.com/time/2003/kids/crisis.html

 9/11 Commemorations and Information

Get information about memorials, exhibits, and other means of remembering those who were killed or injured on September 11, 2001.

http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/History_American/September11.shtml

Videos about 9/11

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=9/11

Teaching about Patriotism

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/patriotic.html

 A large link site with lessons and more

http://www.textweek.com/anniversary.htm

 4Action

A free teaching booklet

https://sites.google.com/site/the4actioninitiative/

 The best sites to teach about 9/11

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/08/13/the-best-sites-to-help-teach-about-911/

 9/11 Memorial Site

Photos and information

http://www.911memorial.org/

 Lessons about terrorism

These are on terrorism.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson244.shtml

 Links and a poem

http://www.vickiblackwell.com/sept11.html

The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Terrorits

For older students

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/10/the_seven_habit.html

Time Magazine Photos

http://www.life.com/gallery/59971/911-the-25-most-powerful-photos?xid=newsletter#index/0

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