Digital Citizenship Continuum of Study

In collaboration with the North Smithfield Police department, RI State Police, RI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and North Smithfield School Department; the North Smithfield Health teachers have built a K-12 Digital Citizenship/Online Safety continuum of study. Meghan Martinez, Cyber Terrorism Program Manager for the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Detective Lieutenant Stephen Riccitelli of the North Smithfield Police Department and RI ICAC Taskforce Affiliate brought the I-Safe resources and materials to the district supported through grant funding. This opportunity was brought to North Smithfield prior to other communities due to the town of North Smithfield’s partnership with the RI State Police, having Lieutenant Riccitelli serving on the task force. The Task Force is a multi-agency group combatting crimes against children through the internet. I-Safe is a digital platform which includes hundreds of K-12 internet safety lesson plans, interactive learning activities and videos for a comprehensive approach to teaching digital citizenship and online safety. The district K-12 Health teachers led by PE/Health Department Chair, James Fitzgerald, worked to build the continuum of study and embed into the K-12 health curriculum.

This continuum of study includes a progression of lessons based on the main topics:
• Appropriate Online Behavior
• Cyber Bullying
• Social Networking
• Digital Communication and Citizenship
• Online Contacts and Connections
• Digital Security Skills and Practices
• 21st Century Media Literacy
• Online Creativity and Ownership
• Outreach, Empowerment and Review
• Digital Safety

The I-Safe platform is the backbone of the curriculum and has been funded this year through a contribution of the North Smithfield Police Union, Rhode Island ICAC, and North Smithfield School Department as well as a discount from I-Safe. The time and effort of Meghan Martinez to secure funding for the program and materials is much appreciated.

This past month, Lieutenant Stephen Riccitelli of the North Smithfield Police Department and RI ICAC Taskforce Affiliate worked with NS Health teachers: Pam Authier, Ariana Stanton, Nancy Crowell, Kathleen Fagnant, Cristina Lima, Mary Dispirito, Mark Labossiere, Amy Gravel, Matthew Tek, Alisha Crins, Jeff Crins and James Fitzgerald to extend and refine knowledge, information and resources. This collaboration is an effort to teach our students how to be safe online, as well as, teach the knowledge and skills that students need to navigate technology responsibly.

Professional Development Day - November 25th

The November 25th professional development day was a huge success. The Professional Development Advisory Committee worked last year to help to extend and refine professional development sessions and offerings. The day was broken up into three blocks of time. Teachers were able to choose from a menu of sessions. The variety of offerings made it a rich learning experience for all involved. The third block of time was dedicated to Professional Learning Communities. We could not have offered such a dynamic menu without our teacher leaders and administrators:

Google Classroom- Tracey Nangle
ADHD Resources and Strategies- Mary Ellen Tillotson
Math Data Analysis – PARCC- Clare Arnold, John Lahar
Helping Students with Loss and Grief- Bill Pepin, Michelle Halloran
Preschool Initiatives and Standards Based Reporting- Andrea Carey
Chromebooks and Google Apps Basics- Melissa Mathurin
Google Forms/Flubaroo- James Williamson
Remind 101/Twitter PLN- Angela Crossman
Game Based Apps for Instruction- Sarah Glover
Google Drawing/Formatting- Andrea McKay
Google Time- Steve Boss
Extensions, Apps and Add-Ons- Deana Cook
Integrating Technology into Instruction- Diane Jolin
IXL Math Overview- John Lahar
PARCC Writing Samples (Woot…woot!)- Clare Arnold
Big Ideas Math- Thomas Yeaw
Digital Citizenship/Online Safety- Lt. Stephen Riccitelli
Movement in the Elementary Classroom- Jen Daigneault
Google Sketch Up- 3D Modeling- Tim McGee

All teachers fill out an online PD feedback form at the close of the PD day. The feedback couldn’t have been better! The time, energy and efforts of our PDAC, teacher leaders and administrators are truly appreciated.

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