Archive | December 2014

Participate 2.1.1 Collecting Reputable Digital Resources

There are countless digital resources available on the web.  As educators, It is very important to set a good example for students to take precautions during internet searches.  Libraries from UCLA, New Mexico University, Duke University, and Boston College provide very helpful guidelines for evaluating web pages. Another way to safely search the web is to search sites with domain suffixes such as .edu, .org, .gov, or .mil.  Some of the websites that can help users safe-guard their searches are:

American Speech – Language – Hearing Association

ASHA contains resources that help users to evaluate websites based on criteria such as accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage.


WOT lets users “know which websites to trust”, just like its slogan says. WOT is free and user friendly.  It not only protects users from scams, untrustworthy links, and rogue web stores, but also has reputation ratings to guide users in their searches.


StopBadware is the only non-profit anti-malware organization and has been a leader in the fields of security and internet policy.  It currently offers programs and resources to assist website owners, foster industry collaboration, promote the best practices, advocate for a safer web, and facilitate data sharing.

The three most useful tools/resources I found during my web walkabout are as follows:

1.  Glogster EDU

Through their Google log in, users can create sharable multimedia posters.  Because the posters can be made interactive with audio and video inserts, they are great for engaging learners.

2.   National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

For math teachers, NCTM is definitely a must-bookmark site.  This ever resourceful website includes Standards & Focal Points; Conferences; DP; Journals & Books; Lessons & Resources; Research, News & Advocacy; etc.


This website has an array of math lessons, interactives, and standards ranging from pre-k to grade 12.  It is a great resource for differentiating teaching and hands-on activities.


Participate 1.1.1 Character Traits

The three most impressive character traits of an exemplary citizen within a DLC.

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1. Be respectable and respectful.  In other words, be professional.  Whatever you say/post will be heard/read by many (even millions) in a split second.  Think it over before you “lash out” and be respectful of others opinions.

2. Be ethical.  Be a law-abiding citizen of the community.  Exercise your rights but also carry out your responsibilities. For example, always site/give credit to resources you have borrowed.

3. Be generous.  “Take one, give one”.  Sharing, a very nice way of interacting with others.  When enjoying those wonderful resources shared by others, remember to be a productive citizen of the community; contribute.

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ISTE also has detailed many impressive character traits of an exemplary citizen within a DLC.  The standards include four areas:  facilitate and inspire student in learning and creativity, design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments, model digital age work and learning, promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility, engage in professional growth and leadership.