Digital Citizenship : Media Literacy

Why are so many students vulnerable to media manipulation and “fake” news? What support do students need to learn how to locate and verify reliable sources?

The Teaching Tolerance website has media literacy lessons for grades K-8. Grades K-2 need to know that it is important to locating and verifying reliable sources when working with online information, the lesson for this grade band is aimed at young kids and is not dependent on reading. Students in grade 3-5 will go beyond and begin to compare and contrast different sources on the same topic and make judgments on which source is more reliable. In grades 6-8, students dig into bias based on word choice and the tone of the writer and create their own charged news story.

Grades K-2: Choosing Reliable Sources

Grades 3-5: Evaluating Reliable Sources

Grades 6-8: Analyzing How Words Communicate Bias

bias“Bias” by Nick Youngson is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Common Sense Media


Common Sense Media is a one-stop shop for Digital Citizenship resources to use in your classroom, and a great one to share with families.Common Sense Media topics

Find lesson plans, parent letters, handouts, posters, and videos to help you create a comprehensive dig cit learning experience. Use the online scope and sequence to view lessons by grade band or choose lessons by topics such as digital footprint, cyberbullying, internet safety, creative commons & copyright, and more. Sign up for a free account to get access to the educator resources.

Share the Common Sense Media website with your families as it is an excellent resource to find a game, app, or movie review. Families will appreciate articles geared toward parenting in the digital age. They will find titles such as “Explaining the News to our Kids” and “Step by Step Tips to Set Up Your Kids’ iPhone.”

Common Sense has a program for Educators, Schools, or Districts to get an official stamp of recognition. To find out how to apply to be a Common Sense Educator, visit this link

Take some time this week to explore Common Sense Media and all that it has to offer. If you would like help planning a Digital Citizenship lesson for your class, reach out to your Instructional Technology Specialist. 




Welcome to Digital Citizenship Week

This week is Digital Citizenship Week! Take a minute to explore the ISTE Student Digitial Citizen Standard and what it means to be a good citizen in the digital age.

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The ISTE Digital Citizen student standard has four components:

A. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

B. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

C. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

D. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.


Want to know more? Consider joining the ISTE Dig Cit Coffee Break this week. Sign up for a series of teacher tips here.



Skype, Reading, and Africa… Meet Julie Hembree

Julie Hembree is an Ed Tech leader for our district, a Microsoft Innovative Expert & Master Skype Trainer, and Books to Africa Partnership founder. Julie has been sharing her love of Skype with teachers around the district, most recently during Summer Tech Camp and Tech Kickoff. Julie was recently featured on our district website.

Cougar Ridge Librarian Promotes a Culture of Reading and a Culture of Kindness Both Near and Far

Look for upcoming opportunities to learn with her on PD Place or email your Tech TOSA to set something up!

STEM Credit for Tech Kickoff

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Tech Kickoff will provide up to six STEM clock hours.

Teachers certified with K-8, secondary math and science, technology, and/or CTE endorsements must earn 15 STEM clock hours to renew their teaching credentials beginning in 2019. Additional information is available on the OSPI website,


Tech Kick Off will begin with a keynote from Kiki Prottsman,  the K-5 CurriculuDevelopment Manager at and a former computer science instructor at the University of Oregon. A champion for responsible computing and equity in both CS employment and education, Kiki works with organizations to improve the experience of girls and women in STEM. She will help us explore the current status of Computer Science education in the Issaquah School District and provide ways that ALL teachers can help promote computer science for underrepresented populations. 

In addition to the keynote speaker, our launch session will include Ed Tech department updates and the chance to win some exciting prizes.

Sign up for your Tech Kickoff sessions now!