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 lets any school or individual teach "Information Literacy." Includes one full year of weekly lessons, engaging activities, videos, send- home parent letters, and full teacher support.

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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 provides students with terrific foundational skills to use digital media safely and wisely, it's not nearly enough! Students are ready and eager to learn practical skills.

 

Current 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. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources, weaves them together with original lessons, and delivers them to students in a way that makes sense to them. Like Level 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. It can be taught with or without technology.

About This Program

Launched in a public charter (Waldorf-inspired) school in 2010, called Journey School, Cyber Civics™ is now taught in all types of schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers across 43 US states and internationally. 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 received the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). A book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Subscription cost is determined by size of school.

  • Subscribing schools/organizations receive a school-wide license with full support.

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

  • Resources are always current and kept updated.

  • Teachers receive a monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.

  • Multiple school/district discounts available.

  • Low home school cost and a family program.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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Testimonials

“Since the Cyber Civics classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.”

 

-Shaheer Faltas, Journey School Administrator

 

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

 

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC- an initiative of Innovators OC and the California Charter Schools Association

“Over the course of three years working with Diana Graber and watching her develop the curriculum, I recognize that it is based on the the same cognitive developmental skills that are foundational to Waldorf teaching in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. While this curriculum has found a rich home in Waldorf schools that foster ethical development, it is a curriculum that can fit in all educational settings.”

 

- Bonnie River, Chair of Hybrid Program, Rudolf Steiner College

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum."

-Soni Albright, City of Lakes Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."

-Education Week, July 2016

"Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."

 

-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

 

"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"

 

-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools

 

“If a Cyber Civics or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up."

Kelly Wallace, CNN, in "5 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone"

 

About the Founder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum

OVERVIEW

 

  • Syllabus

  • Why Information Literacy?

  • Cyber Civics on Today Show

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(Subscriber-Only Resources Below)

 

UNIT 1: LEARNING BALANCE

Before embarking upon this year-long course on Information Literacy, students carefully examine their “digital diets” so that they will be inspired to seek a balanced approach to their online and offline lives.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet

  • Lesson 2: Your Digital Diet, Part 2

 

UNIT 2: ONLINE SAFETY & SECURITY

Today youth have access—via mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and more—to a wealth of information, tools that help them express their creativity, and people from all over the world. But along with all these positive new ways of connecting, come new risks. This unit helps students become aware of these risks and provides basic information and tools to keep safe online.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Online Safety 101

  • Lesson 2: Rules of the Road

UNIT 3: SEARCHING THE WEB

Understanding how to effectively search the Internet is an essential 21st century and “Information Literacy” skill. In this series of lessons students are introduced to the basics of Internet search. They will learn to craft effective search queries and understand how to effectively evaluate search results.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Elements of a Web Search

  • Lesson 2: How Does Search Work?

  • Lesson 3: Constructing a Search Query

  • Lesson 4: Anatomy of a Results Page

  • Unit Quiz

 

UNIT 4: YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

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

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Who's Watching You?

  • Lesson 2: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?

  • Lesson 3: Understanding Terms of Use

  • Lesson 4: Targeting, Tracking and Those Filter Bubbles

  • Lesson 5: Protecting Your Online Data

  • Lesson 6: What Would You Collect?

  • Lesson 7: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords

  • 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. The unit provides an understanding of copyright, plagiarism, remixing, Creative Commons, Fair Use, and much more. Students not only learn to become more respectful of the the creative works they find online, but they will also feel inspired to make and share their own creative works with others.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Copyright, Part 1

  • Lesson 2: Introducing Copyright, Part 2

  • Lesson 3: What's "Creative Commons"?

  • Lesson 4: Public Domain and Fair Use

  • Lesson 5: Living in a Remix World

  • Unit Quiz

 

UNIT 6: HOW TO USE WIKIPEDIA

Instead of relying on a central authority for knowledge, the Internet offers alternative ways of producing and evaluating information that rely on people working together. Wikipedia is an example of one of a number of online communities where people pool information and check one another’s claims in order to solve problems and build knowledge. This unit helps students become discerning users of this new media tool.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Lesson 1: Why Wikis Work

  • Lesson 2: Exploring Wikipedia

  • Lesson 3:  Editing Wikipedia

 

COLLABORATIVE FINAL

The final test for this unit is unlike any other!

 

 

For a visual "screen share" overview of the curriculum, contact us)

Diana Graber, M.A., is the author of "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership). In addition to founding Cyber Civics, she is the founder of CyberWise (No Grownup Left Behind!), a leading online safety organization for parents. 

Graber has an extensive background as a media producer, was Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), and her published paper: New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE, 2012) provides the foundational research for the Cyber Civics program. She is the recipient of the 2017 Media Literacy Teacher award from the National Association of Media Literacy in Education (NAMLE) and is a regular contributor to a number of publications. A long-time Waldorf parent, she developed and still teaches Cyber Civics™ at Journey School. Graber has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding Graduate University. She travels widely speaking to schools and community groups. 

For more info: www.dianagraber.com

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