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App of the Week: Digital Citizenship

This app helps students navigate the often-tricky world of digital citizenship

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Name: Learning.com Digital Citizenship App

What is it? This app provides students with information and instruction on online safety, ethical use of digital resources, and cyberbullying.

Best for: Middle and high school students and teachers.

Price: Learning.com is enlisting districts to pilot the app for free in mid-April; full availability, including pricing, will be announced in the fall of 2014.

Requirements: iOS or Android

Features:

The app:

  • Provides an easy-to-implement curriculum about online safety, cyberbullying, and the ethical use of digital resources.
  • Available on tablet and mobile devices for both iOS and Android.
  • Interface, content, lessons, and activities are specifically geared towards middle and high school students.
  • The app self-guided, yet ensures that students have a strong grasp of instructional objectives by requiring students to complete a quiz.
  • Instructional objectives are aligned to Digital Citizenship Standards, part of the ISTE Standards for Students.
  • Helps districts address the online safety and cyberbullying instruction requirement of eRate, and provides reports to show compliance.
  • Supports BYOD and 1:1 programs by helping districts ensure that students know how to use devices safely and ethically.

Link: http://www.learning.com/digital-citizenship/

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Comments:

  1. nwillard804

    April 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Evidence of the probable lack of effectiveness of this new App is evident with the display of their model slide.

    It says: “Opening a new account. Use a screen name that doesn’t include your real name. Pick a profile picture that doesn’t include your face.”

    Likely should add “Then ROFL because you have realized that this company has no idea what life is like for teens online and this is insanely stupid.”

    Educators should read between the lines in the promotion of products such as this to realize that companies that claim to have curriculum aligned with ISTE that meets the E-rate standards may not be offering lessons that have any value whatsoever.

    Nancy Willard, author of Cyberbullying & Cyberthreats, Cyber Safe Kids, Cyber Savvy Teens, and Cyber Savvy, who apologizes for the snideness of this comment, but who is really, really tired of companies offering products such as these.

  2. learningdotcom

    April 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    We appreciate respectful, nuanced discussion about the urgent need to put students on the path to good Digital Citizenship. Our team works closely with teachers and administrators to develop digital learning solutions that have a meaningful impact on the 3.8 million students we serve. While we’re disappointed someone would dismiss a product or idea without having first experienced it, we welcome the opportunity to discuss our Digital Citizenship App in more detail. Please contact info@learning.com to keep this conversation going. Thank you!