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9 months ago

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Instructional Technology Teacher - DDF

Internet Safety

over 2 years ago

In today's technological world, we all (students and adults) need to keep in mind some veryimportant internet safety rules for Safe Surfing every time we log online!




* NEVER give out personal information (name/address/phone number) without knowing who the information is going to and why they need it *


* The only person who should know your password is your parents *


* Do not agree to meet someone you met online (especially alone) *


* Keep photographs to yourself AND check with a parent before posting photos on any websites or e-mailing photos to anyone*


* Share information you find online with an adult, especially if it makes you uncomfortable or suspicious! *


* Do not do or say anything online that you wouldn’t do or say if you were face to face with another person (especially friends) *


* If something or someone makes you uncomfortable, just “walk” away from the conversation and tell and adult *


* Remember that whatever you post online is saved somewhere forever, even if you delete it from your profile or wherever it existed! *


* Be sure to check with an adult anytime you want to download something (this avoids viruses and keeps your family’s personal information private) *


* Do not believe everything you read (just because you read that the sky is purple, think & use your brin to determine if the information is true) *


* Delete internet history and cookies at least once a month *




The CYBER TIPLINE - call and report ANYTHING that you see and don't think is right online - be proactive!!


Check out this Microsoft Download for a great free resource on ways to help your students stay safe!!


Wired Safety (links to many other internet safety pages, "hot topics", and up to date information) Student version: Wired Kids


Safe Kids (family site with links to resources to discuss internet safety with the whole family)


Web Wise Kids (take quizzes on your internet safety knowledge and play games to simulate real life possibly situations)


I Keep Safe (Enjoyable characters who teach internet safety in an age appropriate way with games and videos)


Children's Partnership (nationally sponsored site on internet safety, lots of research and articles on the topic)


Media Games (games to test your knowledge of internet safety and other important topics facing students today)


Webonauts - (game... become a Secret Agent to save the Internet by making Respectful and Responsible Decisions)


NetSmartz KIDS - (games, videos, & activites all to talk abou NetSmartz and how to be safe and make safe decisions online)

Some more really awesome INTERNET SAFETY LINKS

Please take the time to visit some of these sites for important (and fun) information about Internet Safety (watch the videos, play the games, take your time to learn how to be safe on the World Wide Web!)


* Stay Safe (different pages for parents/teachers/students about the risks and rewards of using the internet)


Think U Know (British based site with awesome/amazing information presented in a fun way that actually makes you want to read it and pay attention. There are different areas of the site based on your age group)


* NetSmartz (separate pages for students, parents, teachers, etc about internet safety with information presented in an exciting way) *NetSmartz is the internet safety curriculum we used in our class this year - NetSmartz KIDS - NS Teens


NetSmartz Kidz

Online Internet Safety Link for kids to play games and practice their Net Smarts

NetSmartz Tweens

Have fun in this Net Smarts Hangout designed specifically for Tweens to test and review your Net Smarts as you make responsible decisions!

Top Secret

Interactive Game to walk through the steps of what you should share



over 2 years ago

Nimble Fingers

games & activities to improve finger movement

Rapid Typing

Assortment of FUN Typing Games!

Touch Typing

lessons, games, and more to improve your typing

Race other contestants in a car race as you type.

Lab Rules

over 2 years ago


(in addition to the school rules which apply everywhere in school)


Do your best at all times  


* Leave all food and drink outside the Lab


* Sit quietly until you know what is expected & the directions


* Students are responsible for the condition of their computer station. (Everything should look the way that you found it when you are done - if something is broken when class starts, let me know!)


* Keep your hands & eyes on your own computer.


* Read all directions before asking for help. (If you cannot solve the problem on your own or with the help of your neighbor, raise your hand and continue working, I will help as soon as possible.)


* Record all URLs (web site addresses) for websites used.


* When class is over, save (if needed), close all programs, log off the computer, turn off monitor, and wait for your next direction.


* If you finish an assignment early or have extra computer time, work on keyboarding (Dance Mat Typing or Typing Tests) or other approved school projects (many great websites listed on my "super students site' page!).


* Work quietlyresponsibly AND always stay on task.




* Students must clear printing with teachers before sending materials to the printer.

* Spell-check and proofread before printing.




over 2 years ago

Our Grading in DeFranco is as follows...
  •  Advanced (above expectations) 93% - 100%
  •  Proficient + (meets & goes a bit beyond expectations) 87% - 92%
  •  Proficient (meets expectations) 78% - 86%
  •  Proficient - (just about meeting expectations) 70% - 77%
  •  Basic (progress toward expectations) 60 - 69%
  •  Below Basic (limited progress) 0 - 60%
Typing... When evaluating students on typing, I focus on the progress that they are making (obviously we cannot expect the end result of a student who uses computers all the time at home to be the same as a student who only uses a computer when they are at school). In addition to looking at progress and the use of proper techniques, I use the charts below to evaluate our students:

Typing Games

12 months ago

Cup Stacking

Cup Stacking

Keyboard Challenge

Keyboard Challenge

Typing Rocket

Typing Rocket

By Todd Ritchie