Digital Citizenship

Presenting Princess Shaw | Lesson Plan Clips

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“A free culture is one where everyone thinks of themselves as a voice in a huge choir, whose power and beauty comes from its size and diversity—where the many don’t bow to the few and the few aren’t responsible for the many.” 

- A definition embraced by the Free Culture Movement

This lesson will explore creativity and self-expression and the ways online culture has created new forms of artistic expression. Sharing and using online content in creative and new formats raises numerous ethical dilemmas regarding conditions and permissions, making it a ripe topic for classroom conversations. Through the lens of the free culture movement (sometimes identified as the open source movement or remix or hacker culture), students will explore how freely sharing music and other kinds of art on the Internet works with the notion that new art emerges from collaboration and iteration. Specifically, in the example of this film, an original song written and published on YouTube by Samantha “Princess Shaw” Montgomery is built upon by Israeli sound artist Ophir “Kutiman” Kutiel to create something new and different that is then shared and celebrated around the world. 

Hackers & Cyber Attacks: Crash Course Computer Science #32

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Not all hackers are malicious cybercriminals intent on stealing your data (these people are known as Black Hats). There are also White Hats, who hunt for bugs, close security holes, and perform security evaluations for companies. And there are a lot of different motivations for hackers.

E-Business | Web Security

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Learn about the importance of web security which becomes top priority with more information changing hands electronically.

Cyber-bullying

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Cyber-bullying is where one or more children targets another through technology such as the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to threaten, harass, or embarrass another child. Cyber-bullying goes beyond just bullying, because it can follow you home (e.g., through text or e-mail messages, blogs, social networking web site, etc.). You can stop cyber-bullying by not responding to any of it, saving the evidence, and reporting it.

Net Neutrality Rules Ensure Equal Access to the Internet

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Discover the FCC's verdict on free and open Internet with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 26, 2015. *Note: please watch the segment of the video from 1:24-1:56, which addresses net neutrality.

Cybersecurity 101

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Learn why protecting your information online is crucial with this video from the NOVA Cybersecurity Lab. The Internet was originally designed to connect large computers at universities, businesses, and governments. It grew exponentially once personal computers became common in the 1980s. Connecting to the Internet leaves computers vulnerable. People can use computers to delete data, spread viruses, or even steal someone’s identity. The good news is that there are several ways to stay safe online. You can learn about protecting information by trying coding, password cracking, and spotting email scams in NOVA’s Cybersecurity Lab.

Note: Animation includes illustrated guns.

Gross Science | Is Fear Contagious?

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Learn how fear may be contagious, in the video from NOVA’s Gross Science series. Animals give off bodily secretions called pheromones that can communicate information, such as potential threats, to other members of the same species. Similarly, humans release chemosignals in sweat when they are scared or stressed. Studies have shown that chemosignals in human sweat may transmit information about emotion to people who smell them. In addition, humans tend to mimic the feelings of people around them in a form of emotional contagion, spreading positive or negative emotions in a group. This resource is part of the NOVA: Gross Science Collection.

Digital Nation | Arne Duncan: The Class of the Future

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The Class of the Future: it may not meet in a classroom at all, and students may be learning a totally different set of skills, says Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in this video from FRONTLINE: Digital Nation.

#IceBucketChallenge Raises $62 Million for ALS Research

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Update your students on the social media trend raising money for ALS research with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from August 22, 2014.

Are Internet Trolls Born or Made? | Above the Noise

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Trolls are all over the internet, just annoying people to no end. What makes someone an internet troll? Are some people just destined to be a troll, or do they develop this ability? Believe it or not, but there have been numerous scientific studies surrounding this behavior. Explore the science behind trolling behavior in the latest Above the Noise video.

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