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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.

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! The were ready and eager to learn practical research 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.

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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 all types of schools, after-school programs, and by home-schoolers across 44 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, 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 home school cost.
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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, Administrator at the Founding School

 

"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

"An excellent resource to teach students how to be safe and wise online. The activities, videos, resources, and support staff are top notch."

-Morgan Hensley, Teacher, Southwestern Middle School, Hanover, IN

"Cyber Civics lays a strong foundation for healthy digital ethics, information and computer literacy so when children face inevitable, difficult choices online, they will make the right decisions."

-Dr. Paul Helfrich, Teacher, Westside Waldorf School, L.A., CA

"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

"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"

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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 these 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 results.

  • 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

  • What Would You Collect?

  • 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. Students will gain an understanding of copyright, plagiarism, remixing, Creative Commons, Fair Use, and much more. 

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Introducing Copyright, Part 1

  • Introducing Copyright, Part 2

  • 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 reserch 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!

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2017 "Media Literacy Teacher" Award from NAMLE