Don’t forget Digital Citizenship in the Spring!

As I emailed you the other day, please don’t let opportunities to instruct students on Digital Citizenship slip away just because the December deadline is past.

Ideas for sharing include: 

  • Using a morning show or school announcements to share information or video clips with students.
  • Selecting digital safety tips to share with teachers and asking them to focus on it with students for certain weeks.
  • Teaching parents or guardians at a school activity, such as Conference or Technology nights.
  • Posting articles on the school website for parents to access.
  • Sending out a newsletter to parents with information that allows them to educate themselves about Digital Citizenship.

These are just some thoughts off the top of my head. Feel free to share in the comments below if you have other strategies!

Also, get a head start on next year.!: Creating Savvy Cyber Citizens continues to be updated.

The Brief Pause in Harassment

How you feel about the FCPS School  Internet Safety plans?

Finally, the harassment about getting in those school plans is thankfully over, and you can now start deleting those emails I sent. Okay … I hear your muttering … you’ve already done that. I get it. Anyway, now you can just focus on making sure students get Internet Safety instruction before Winter Break, while the bad memories of the evil district coordinator fade away.

I will continue, however, with sharing resources and reminding you of important dates. Basically, that means you’ll still be harassed with reminders about completing the curriculum plan. Remember, all instruction according to school plans has to take place by December 16.

Seriously, though, thank you so much for all your hard work. I do appreciate each and every one of you, and if you need me — at any point — just email or call!


  • Video: Phone Addiction — thanks to Jennifer Prall for this resource!
  • Article: Moment App — another great share from Jennifer.

In the News

  • Savvy Cyber Citizens — updated as of 10/25/16. Stories on how devices negatively affect productivity, Apple staff fired for sharing photos, and more.

Panic in the Streets? Curriculum Plans Due

Okay, plans are due tomorrow, September 30th. I checked today to see just how many, and there aren’t a huge amount uploaded.

Now … that’s okay because they aren’t due until tomorrow. However, I’m getting the heebie jeebies since there are normally a lot more turned in by this point. Don’t let me down. Get those Overview forms in Google filled out and the Curriculum Plan uploaded to SharePoint!

Schools with confirmed uploads (This list just means I have all the parts or have already contacted you about missing pieces. I haven’t vetted any content.)

  • ACE
  • Booker T.
  • Cassidy
  • Clays Mill
  • Coventry Oak
  • Deep Springs
  • Dixie
  • Garden Springs
  • Glendover
  • Harrison
  • Martin Luther King Academy
  • Mary Todd
  • Maxwell
  • Millcreek
  • Morton
  • Northern
  • Southside
  • Squires
  • Veterans Park
  • Wellington

Uploading School Curriculum Plans


The only real change we’ve made this year to our Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety world is to the plans. Part of those changes were a necessity, and some were for more convenience. All of this information is also available on our district website.principal signature graphic1

  • Part 1: Plan Overview — our experienced coordinators know this mostly functions as a data sheet providing a quick overview of number of students, who is providing the instruction, etc. We are moving away from the old Excel sheet and moving to a Google Form. Here’s the link. When you click on it, you’ll be prompted to login with your district credentials (email and password) if you’re not already logged into Google.


  • Part 2: Curriculum Plan — the plan basically stays the same as last year where you copy and paste in the topics and lessons that will be covered with students. The main difference will be where you upload it. We now have a SharePoint site with permissions set up so that you will upload to your school folder. You will be prompted for your district credentials to access. The only other change is that I’ve created a Principal Signature sheet to make it easier for you to remember that requirement.
    • Digital Citizenship SharePoint — direct link to the site for uploading your completed plan. Please submit as a PDF.
      • If you prefer to browse to it, open SharePoint in Office 365 (online) and click on District Sites/Office of Instructional Technology/Subsites/Digital Citizenship Coordinators.
    • Blank Curriculum Plan Template — this link will take you to the Instructional Plan part of our website. Just scroll down for the Blank Curriculum Form. Besides a PDF, there are Word and Google Doc versions available for you to download/copy and edit. (Notice that Word requires you to click on Edit Document. From there you can download.)


  • Scamalot — funny British videos all dealing with spam email. The list of videos are all versions of the same theme, so choose based on what works for your students. Please preview the entire video before showing to students. Probably best for middle and high school.



Ready for School!

  • Training for School Coordinators — every year, each school coordinator is required by the district to participate in one (1) Digital Citizenship training session so that you’re ready to prepare lessons for student instruction. There will be three (3) sessions offered this year.
  • Training Sessions — my intention was for there to be an online course available as an option for returning coordinators. However, Canvas isn’t ready yet, and I’m not sure when it will allow enrollment. So, I’ve added a third face-to-face training date to the calendar. All sessions will be at the IAKSS Annex in Lab 305. You may register on the PD Menu. If Canvas gets going soon, and I have time, I may still create the course to give experienced coordinators in the later sessions another option. All brand new coordinators must attend a F2F session regardless.
    • August 24, 4:30-7:00
    • August 29, 9:00-11:30
    • September 7, 4:30-7:00
  • New Coordinators — since we have so many amazing people, I know several outgoing coordinators have already been helping their replacements with planning, etc.– what a great help to the new guys. However, I can not register new coordinators for iSafe and its materials until each has attended a face-to-face training. I’m sorry about the delay, but its district criteria due to iSafe being a paid resource.
  • Coordinator Changes — if you are no longer your school coordinator, please let me know the name of your replacement. For those with no named replacement, I must have an email from your principal saying who will be replacing you. I will assume you’re the school coordinator until I hear differently. Also, if I have failed to remove your name from the email distribution list, please let me know.
  • Updated!: Savvy Cyber Citizens site — I’ve added a bunch of stories I gathered over the summer.


Summer is Around the Corner … and August is Too!

Updates and Reminders

  • End-of-the-Year Surveysummer-751791_1280-1 — the survey I send each year will be coming soon.
  • Coordinator Training for 2016-17 — Good news! I’ve received approval to design an online training course. It will only be available to experienced coordinators and will replace a face-to-face meeting … as long as there are no dramatic changes on the Internet Safety front. Any changes would mean we would need to meet in person. The course will not be available until sometime in mid-August, though. You will also have the option, if you prefer, to attend one of the two F2F meetings I will offer to new coordinators.
  • Summer Tips — would you want me to design some type of tip sheet that you can send home or post online for parents? Please take this survey so I can gauge the response.
  • Articles — I have continued to update news articles on our site and will continue to do so over the summer. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to create your own site, so you can “scoop” the articles you like. It would allow you to gather resources as you go and have them ready for next year. Jennifer Prall at Tates Creek High has been doing that this year, so you can always ask her for feedback.

In the News

  • Creating Savvy Citizens — updated as of 5/4/16. I especially like the story “50% of Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones, Poll Says.”

Winter is Over But Internet Safety Keeps on Rolling

Updates and Reminders

  • Parent Reminder — this is a great time of year to remind parents to check their children’s social media presence. To help with this, I’ve created a flyer that can be printed or shared electronically. You’ll find the flyer below in the Resources section.
  • Coordinators for Next Year — if you are retiring or moving, please let me know so I can start stalking your principals about a replacement. If you are not leaving your building, I assume you will continue as coordinator unless I hear differently from your administrator.


In the News

  • Creating Savvy Citizens — updated as of 3/23/16. For a positive story, check out the article on the strangers getting texts about a newborn baby.

Updated! Articles

  • This Memo — with instruction completed and the Winter Break in between, I don’t have as many welcomeresources and information to share as I usually do. I will continue to send out Memos on an occasional basis, in case you’re continuing instruction, providing articles to parents, or working on lesson planning for next year.
  • Assistance for Schools— if you need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask. Just because the official instruction period is over doesn’t mean you don’t have continuing questions and concerns.
  • Survey in May— I’ll be asking you to complete a survey later this year on topics revolving around digital citizenship and internet safety. It will be the third year asking for feedback.

In the News

It’s a Wrap: Deadline Draws Near

Internet Safety Instruction Deadline — by Winter Breaktrees-958552_960_720

  • Due Date & Additional Documentation — just a reminder that Internet Safety Instruction needs to be completed by December 18. Also, schools are not expected to submit any kind of additional documentation to the district since curriculum plans are already on file.
  • Recommendation for School-level Documentation— I often get asked about what coordinators should do with lesson plans, assessments, etc. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to keep them until the students in question either graduate or leave the building, but that’s my suggestion and not a district requirement.
  • Digital Citizenship for January-May 2016 –on another note, please consider how your school can continue with digital citizenship instruction and review with students for the rest of the year. Yes, board policy says December, but students continue to use technology. Something as simple as morning news’ reminders or brief PSAs can make a big difference for our kids. Winter and Spring are also a great time to offer parents information through newsletters, meetings, etc.


In the News:

You Make a Difference!

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While being the Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship coordinator for your school can seem like a thankless job at times, you need to know that your efforts are making a difference with students. That fact was confirmed yesterday during the STLP Regional Showcase at the Lexington Convention Center.

One of the categories that students from Fayette and surrounding districts compete in is for a spot on the Social Media team. Students present a resume and are interviewed about their experiences with social media, etc. The selected students will work at the STLP State Championship in April 2016 with capturing moments, providing updates, taking care of changes to the conference app, etc.

So one of today’s questions involved asking applicants about their knowledge of Digital Citizenship: What is digital citizenship? and Is digital citizenship important when using social media? The judges reported back later that the only students able to answer correctly were from Fayette County Public Schools. No one else either understood or had a good grasp of the concept.

I wish I could shower you with money or parades, but sadly that’s out of my control. However, I can say… thank you for a job well done. You are very appreciated!

Updates & Reminders

  • Due Date for Instruction — all safety instruction should be completed by Winter Break. You are not asked to submit any type of verification since your plans already outline your intent. We trust your professional integrity when it comes to ensuring your students receive the content.


In the News