National Digital Citizenship Week is October 14-18

 

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“Digital citizens think critically about what they see online, understand the benefits and risks of sharing information and balance screen time with other activities. But digital citizens aren’t born — they’re taught by teachers like you!”Common Sense Education

The week of October 14-18 marks National Digital Citizenship Week, a time when we focus intentionally on a topic that many of you discuss with your students every day. Our students will interact with digital media and devices in our schools, as well as in college, careers and daily life. This week is a great opportunity to engage your students, colleagues and families in important dialogue about digital citizenship and perhaps to incorporate a relevant activity or lesson in your classroom. 

Common Sense Education is a terrific resource for more information and lessons about digital citizenship, including foundational research, educator webinars, student activities and family tip sheets. Additionally, throughout the year our teacher-librarians are providing self-paced Common Sense Educator certification opportunities that qualify for Technology Professional Development and clock hours. 

More information can be found at: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship-week

Have a great Digital Citizenship Week!

Marc Elliott
OSD CIO, Technology

Please inventory technology equipment before leaving for summer

Hands using keybaord to communicate to accompany article about worksheets that direct staff to learn how to create accessible documents.

The following is a message from the Technology department to all employees:

The Technology department requests that you take a moment to conduct an inventory of your technology equipment. Please go to the district portal. There, you should see a message at the top center of the page, “Inventory Your Technology.” Click the “Yes, I’ll do it now” button to begin.

Please only inventory items that are specific to you, such as:

  • Your desk phone
  • Your computer/laptop
  • Your monitors
  • Your chromebook and/or iPad

Do not inventory classroom technology, such as your projector, document camera, classroom phone, or student-use computers, chromebooks and iPads.

Please contact the Technology Helpdesk at helpdesk@osd.wednet.edu or Ext. 6172 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Congratulations to teachers who have earned Common Sense Educator Certification: Spring Cohort

Common sense educator 2018-20 logoEighteen teachers completed the second OSD cohort to earn Common Sense Educator certification by learning about and integrating elements of digital citizenship in their classrooms. The certification process includes readings and webinars, developing curriculum and other resources, and applying approaches in the classroom or family engagement events, followed by a written reflection on the process.

The objectives of the certification program include:

  1. Learn approaches to help students think critically and use technology responsibly
  2. Develop resources and teach lessons about digital citizenship
  3. Reflect on professional growth in the area of digital citizenship and media literacy

Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a digital world and to supporting families and educators as they harness the power of media and technology to be a positive force in all kids’ lives. Common Sense Media provides a digital citizenship and media literacy curriculum that is widely used in schools, including the OSD library media programs and classrooms.

A new cohort will launch in the fall.  For more information and to enroll, go to pdEnroller event #88043

Congratulations 2018-19 Spring Cohort Common Sense Educators

LP Brown Elementary
Julia Athens
Trisha Douay
Tanya Lee

Madison Elementary
Nancy Pastewski

McKenny Elementary
Caroline (Kelly) Johnson

McLane Elementary
Joan Moore

Pioneer Elementary
Annette McQueen

Jefferson Middle
Tracy Pulsipher

Marshall Middle
Jamie Sproul
Cassie White

Avanti High
Chris Sogn
Quasar Surprise

Capital High
Alicia Boisvert
Kristi Bonds
Nara Brombach
Alex Parker

Olympia High
Brenda Blancas
Jennifer Halvorson

The list of educators who earned their certification during the Fall 2018 Cohort are included in a previous blog post.

Join us for the screening of “LIKE”

LIKE movie posterAs part of the Olympia School District’s commitment to providing awareness and education around digital health and well-being, the district is excited to provide an opportunity for OSD families and staff to watch “LIKE”, a film that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain.

This IndieFlix Original documentary encourages viewers to consider the goals of social media platforms: connection, sharing and caring. Is this tool used in a healthy way? What is the best way to self-regulate our use of this tool?

Screenings of the Like movie begin at 6 p.m. and are open to OSD families and staff at no cost. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to join their parents at this screening. The film is approximately 50 minutes long and will be followed by an opportunity for a short discussion.

When: May 22, 28, 29
Where: Olympia High School Lecture Hall

When: June 10, 11, 13
Where: Capital High School Auditorium

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to teachers who earned Common Sense Educator Certification

Common sense educator 2018-20 logoThirty-six teachers completed the first OSD cohort to earn Common Sense Educator certification by learning about and integrating elements of digital citizenship in their classrooms. The certification process includes readings and webinars, developing curriculum and other resources, and applying approaches in the classroom or family engagement events, followed by a written reflection on the process.

The objectives of the certification program include:

  1. Learn approaches to help students think critically and use technology responsibly
  2. Develop resources and teach lessons about digital citizenship
  3. Reflect on professional growth in the area of digital citizenship and media literacy

Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a digital world and to supporting families and educators as they harness the power of media and technology to be a positive force in all kids’ lives. Common Sense Media provides a digital citizenship and media literacy curriculum that is widely used in schools, including the OSD library media programs and classrooms.

Congratulations 2018-19 Fall Cohort Common Sense Educators

Centennial Elementary School
Melissa Hayes
Heather Slater

Hansen Elementary School
Patty Arbuckle
Hana Spray
Luci Stafford

LP Brown Elementary School
Brooke Guthrie
Elizabeth Farrar
Laura Cummings

McKenny Elementary School
Valorie Paulsen
Mike Sjoboen
James Bremner
Greta Rieger
Nancy Hooper
Megan Anderson

Roosevelt Elementary School
Heather Randolph

Jefferson Middle School
Ann Marie Ratliff
Sarah Howe
Kristine Smith

Reeves Middle School
Jana Dean
Ross Phimister
Katie Quimby

Avanti High School
Nicole Winkley

Capital High School
Liz Shine
Aaron Street
Caroline Street
Allison McFadden

Olympia High School
Melissa Longnecker
Eric Jacobs
Carolyn Gilman
Christina Heikkila
Dawn Williams
Tania Albert
Jennifer Fabritius
Brenda Blancas
Ricky Gant

Olympia Regional Learning Academy
Anne Hankins

 

Staff and families invited to view ‘Screenagers’ at no cost

A group of about a dozen teenagers sit on the steps in front of a school looking down at mobile phones. The headline above them says "Screenagers"As part of the district’s commitment to providing awareness and education around digital citizenship and digital health and well-being, OSD families and staff are invited to watch ‘Screenagers’, a film about the impact of the digital age on children and strategies to find balance within it. This film follows a Seattle doctor and her teenage daughter as they navigate their way into and through the digital age.

The film is appropriate for students in grades 6-12 and is approximately 50 minutes long. There will be an opportunity for a short discussion after the film ends.

Viewing Schedule:

  • Tuesday, December 4: 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Capital HS Performing Arts Center
  • Tuesday, December 11:  6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room

All of the screenings are open to OSD staff and families at no cost.

Tips for certificated staff to prepare for launch of Schoology Parent Access on November 30

Infographic showing four ways to make the most of Schoology Parent Access, including add due dates and events to the calendar; use course updates; create a folder of course documents; and make a page about you and your contact infoA reminder that Schoology Parent Access will be made available for families starting on Friday, November 30.  Schoology Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s course activity, as well as materials and information posted by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Merrigan, Bob O’Donnell or the OSD Help Desk at Ext. 6172.

Parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups.
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges.
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events.
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups.
  • View teacher provided materials, posts and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses.
  • View media albums.
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students.
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology.
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue.

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades.
  • Interact with materials.
  • Complete assignments or assessments.
  • Add posts or comments.
  • View posts or comments added by other students.
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings).

In anticipation of Schoology Parent Access, staff should:

  • Review posted course materials for personal information about students (i.e. full names, photos).
  • Review posted course materials to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Ensure that test/quiz visibility settings are as expected.
  • Ensure all photos or videos posted that show or name students have FERPA approval.
  • Ensure that Media Albums (a material type) contain files uploaded by the teacher only.
  • Unpublish or delete Media Albums that contain files uploaded by students due to visibility problem (Note: students may share files through Discussion posts instead, as parents will only see their own child’s work).

Once Schoology Parent Access is enabled, teachers/course admin will be able to view their courses as a parent by clicking on Course Options –> View course as [parent]

On November 30, parents/guardians will receive an informational email from the OSD Communications Department, followed shortly by an email from Schoology informing them of their provisioned account log-in information.

To learn more and see examples of communication about Schoology Parent Access that will be sent to families, see an email sent to OSD certificated employees on November 5 from Instructional Technology.