CYBER CIVICS: LEVEL 2
INFORMATION LITERACY

Youth today must know how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information. Yet few get these essential lessons in school. This turnkey program offers everything needed to teach "Information Literacy." Includes one full year of weekly lesson plans, engaging activities, videos, send- home parent letters, and full teacher support. Easily used for Distance Learning.

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About Level 2

 

After developing Level 1 of Cyber Civics—a full year of weekly "digital citizenship" lessons—it became clear that while it provided students with terrific foundational skills to use technology safely and wisely, it was not nearly enough! They were ready and eager to learn practical research skills.

Research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. While lessons that teach these skills can be found here and there, we couldn't find a comprehensive curriculum...which is why this one was created. Like Level 1, lessons emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills through discussion, decision-making, hands-on projects, and role-play. Program is easily used for Distance Learning too.

Why Information Literacy is So Important

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Our Story

 

Launched in a California public Waldorf-inspired charter school (Journey School) in 2010, Cyber Civics™ is the most comprehensive digital literacy program you'll find. Currently taught in nearly every Waldorf school (public and private), public schools large and small, private schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers, it has received national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" award finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder, Diana Graber, is the recipient of the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Her book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story.

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  • Low subscription cost is determined by size of school.

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  • Any teacher at subscribing school or organization can open a private account and get access to lesson plans (downloadable PDF's), videos, teacher guides, and parent letters.

  • License extends to parents in the event of Distance Learning.
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  • Multiple school/district discounts available.

  • Low home school cost.
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subscriber-only  CURRICULUM 

TEACHER PREP

  • Getting Started Guide for Teachers

  • Parent Guide (if teaching at home)

  • What is Cyber Civics? Parent Letter 

  • Educational Standards Alignment

  • Student Pre- and Post- Assessments

UNIT 1: LEARNING BALANCE

Before learning to use the Internet as a research source, students examine their “digital diets.” The goal of this unit is to inspire students to seek a balanced approach to their online and offline lives.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Your Digital Diet

  • Your Digital Diet, Part 2

 

UNIT 2:

ONLINE SAFETY & SECURITY

While today's tools offer youth access to a wealth of information, they can also open the door to possible new risks. This unit helps students become aware of risks and provides basic information to keep them safe online.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Online Safety 101

  • Rules of the Road

UNIT 3:

SEARCHING THE WEB

Through this series of lessons, students are introduced to the basics of Internet search, learn to craft effective search queries, and understand how to effectively evaluate search engine results page.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Elements of a Web Search

  • How Does Search Work?

  • Constructing a Search Query

  • Anatomy of a Results Page

  • Unit Quiz

 

UNIT 4: YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

It is important for young people to know how and why websites and social media networks collect personal information. These lessons will show them that while this exchange allows for a customized online experience, it is also how “filter bubbles” and "echo chambers" can happen. Learning the core concepts of online privacy helps students make careful choices about their personal information.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Who's Watching You?

  • Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?

  • Understanding Terms of Use

  • Targeting, Tracking and Those Filter Bubbles

  • Protecting Your Online Data

  • Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords

  • What Would You Collect?

  • Unit Quiz

 

UNIT 5: COPYRIGHT | FAIR USE | PUBLIC DOMAIN

This series of lessons helps students learn to respect creative works they find online and shows them where to go to find creative works they can use. Students gain an understanding of copyright, plagiarism, remixing, Creative Commons, Fair Use, and much more. 

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • What is Copyright?

  • Why Copyright Matters

  • What's "Creative Commons"?

  • Public Domain and Fair Use

  • Living in a Remix World

  • Unit Quiz

 

UNIT 6: HOW TO USE WIKIPEDIA

This unit helps students understand how Wikipedia works as they learn to become discerning users of this new media research tool.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Why Wikis Work

  • Exploring Wikipedia

  • Editing Wikipedia

 

COLLABORATIVE FINAL

The final test for this unit is unlike any other!