Trainer's Guide - Cyberbullying

Your goal is to empower educators and schools to address digital citizenship in their school community by:
1) teaching students digital citizenship skills 
2) involving and educating parents
3) developing a school-wide (and beyond) approach to digital citizenship

I encourage you to take each section of this presentation, and each slide deck, and customize it to the needs of your audience and region. For instance, the slides I've included here have extensive notes. The presentations I share with audiences typically only the slides/images...and no notes. I will give you access to copy/paste the slides, and copy/paste this website. 

A note on logos, slide templates, and photos: What I'm sharing with you is our typical slide template. We have purchased the photos through iStock (if we haven't, we've noted where the image came from). If you are creating something that is explicitly about our materials but strays away from the look and feel of the slides, or are in need of something (a handout, tip cards, etc.)...chances are we have it. Please let Kelly Mendoza know and she'll collaborate with you on co-branding and messaging. 

If possible, please use Google sites and Google docs for presentations, which will be shared with you. If you are presenting somewhere without Wifi, you can just download the slides from Google docs, and be sure you have downloaded copies of the videos you'd like to show. Note: This is the "master" site and the slide decks are "master" decks. You will be added as editors of these docs. Please do not edit or alter the master copy. Make a copy, and then edit as needed. 
The following includes tips and recommendations for each section of this presentation.

I. Introduction and Agenda
The agenda provided is minimalist and just gives you a sense of how much time you might spend for each section. 
*Before you meet with the audience, try to find out as much as possible about who they are and what they are--or aren't--doing in regards to digital citizenship education. Send out a needs assessment survey. Based on the findings, you can then customize the presentation. 

II. The Media Landscape: Opportunities and Challenges
Here, we introduce the audience to background and research on the children's media landscape. The goal here is to balance a discussion of both the opportunities and challenges digital media pose to schools (and parents will inevitably come up), and to be able to speak to the research on children and media. If your audience is already familiar with these issues, you'll want to cut back on some of these slides and show the topics relevant (or provocative) to them. You can also offer more time for discussion of the opportunities and challenges. Please customize the research and issues in these slides according to your region. It is really important to speak to credible research and to present a fair, balanced tone. 

III. Teaching Digital Citizenship
We typically spend most of the time in this step sampling lesson activities in a very hands-on way. Do the lesson activities with the group. Watch professional development videos of the lessons being taught. Have participants reflect on how their students would react, effective teaching strategies, how to meet standards, and how they see digital citizenship fitting into their teaching and curriculum. 

When you direct people to the website and have them look at the first lesson, spend some time walking through where things are on the website, and where things are within the lesson. For instance, a lot people don't even see the parent resources to the right, or know that we have a professional development page with videos of teachers in action. Make sure the audience is comfortable moving about the site (and make sure you are too)!

Depending on the group, you may want to just show them the curriculum. Or, you may want to show them the curriculum toolkits or Digital Passport. In addition, you can introduce them to our digital citizenship community on Edmodo or high school course on iTunes U. 

This section will require the most customizing to the needs, interest areas, and grade levels of your audience. You will customize the lesson links, and add links to examples based your experiences with the schools you work with. For instance, do you have example of student work associated with a lesson that you can show? What are examples of lesson integration or customization from schools you've been working with? The more concrete examples and models of what works, the better.

IV. Assessment
Each lesson download includes a lesson-level assessment. There are also wrap-up questions at the end of each lesson. Be sure to show teachers where these tools are (sometimes they can get lost in the download PDF), and discuses how they might be useful within the teacher or school's assessment practices and learning management system. 

You'll also see a slide deck here on a middle school curriculum evaluation conducted by a third-party research firm in 2011. This provides evidence for participants who want to know about the effectiveness of the curriculum in improving digital citizenship behavior in students. With each new resource Common Sense develops, we include a pilot and revision process before launching the final product. Since we have schools managers on the ground in regions around the US, we have a vast network of schools we work with and who pilot our resources. 

V. Implementation Options + Action Plan
In this section, you'll introduce implementation options and have audience members work on an action plan. In discussing implementation, you should refer back to the Scope and Sequence, which divides the lessons into five lessons per grade level covering a variety of digital citizenship topics. Some schools want this prescriptive approach, and some don't. The bulk of this time is for participants to work separately or with others in their school to figure out where this fits into the core curriculum, who will do what, how they will involve parents, and so on. There is action plan linked in this section, but you may have an action plan you typically use, that's fine. 

Sometimes audience members may not be at the point where they can figure out implementation. If that's the case, have them explore the resources, watch videos, and check out  the professional development page to watch videos of digital citizenship lessons in action. 

In closing, you can have people share out what they're most excited about from in action plan, or the "one word" sum up, in which you ask participants to share the "one word" that sums up how they feel, what they've learned, or their overall impressions. This is a quick and easy way to close, but can be powerful. 

VI. Evaluate this presentation
Here, you'll link to the presentation evaluation you typically use. 

About the Presenter
Use this link for your bio, website, etc.