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  • How I Guide My Students to Ferret Out Fake News

    I know no silver bullet will fix today's underlying cultural challenges, but I am finding ways to help students discern fact from fake news through history, hands-on activities, and modeling.

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  • Digital Citizenship 2.0: How One Teacher Helps Students Share Their Passions Online

    In 2012, Jason Shaffer, a high school education technology teacher for the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, FL, launched the course Personal Branding and Digital Communications, which students can take any year of high school but is required to graduate. Students soon discovered this class was designed not to scold them, but to teach them how they can use the digital skills they already possess to promote their interests and share their stories.

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  • Digital Citizenship and Social-Emotional Skills Are Inseparable

    Every school has its own unique culture. It is made up of all the ways in which students relate to one another and their teachers.

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