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A Teachable Book: Green Card Youth Voices

Teachers are constantly– CONSTANTLY– on the lookout for how to teach inclusion, empathy, and tolerance in the classroom. THIS BOOK IS IT!




Green Card Youth Voices is just one of the books put out by Green Card Voices, a seriously incredible non-profit out of the Twin Cities. The work they do is beyond important, and this book is the youth version of a serious of stories chronicling the people who immigrate here. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

The stories stand on their own, but in case a teacher is looking for activities to go along with the book, there is a teachers guide available on their website. Amazing.

And if that isn’t enough, they have a moveable display that is making its way around Minnesota to help start conversations about inclusion and celebrating diversity.

Forget a box of chocolates for Christmas: Buy a copy for your school here!

Commentary, Digital Citizenship, Teachable Books, Teaching

Three (Well, Four) Titles for Teaching Digital Citizenship

How great is it that schools are beginning to implement curriculum around digital citizenship?  Even the term implies the importance of it– we live in an age where we are expected to be digitally savvy, and yet comes with that the need to be a “citizen” of that space.  The same way we are citizens of our homes, our schools, our state, our country.  This work is so very important.

My new book, Edge the Bare Garden, is the story of a girl who sees the opportunity to get revenge online against the people who tormented her in grade school.  My hope is that it opens up conversations about what our responsibilities are to ourselves and each other online.  Here are three titles that I have been using to create a presentation to give to schools on this topic.

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Extreme Mean, by Paula Todd, is similar to So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed in that it is filled with anecdotes about how the online world can easily spin out of control.  What’s great about this book is that it’s filled with examples that are relevant to young people, including horrible instances of cyberbullying.  I will be referring to this book a lot when I talk to kids this year, particularly Chapter 19 (The Maddening Crowd: How Online Bystanders Fuel Cyberabuse).  YES.

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LOL… OMG, by Matt Ivesteris a great resource for teachers and parents.   It is short, precise, and organized in such a way that it lends itself to an excellent weeklong unit.  (Each chapter even has key takeaways!)  This book had me rethinking my own online presence, and how I need to practice what I preach about being careful online.

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Screen-Smart Parenting, by Jodi Gold, is a really interesting book about finding balance with technology in the home.  I know I find this difficult.  What I liked was that this was not a “technology is terrible” book (I strongly believe it’s not!) but more about seeing apps and devices as something that need to be monitored closely and used respectfully.

What other great reads on digital citizenship am I missing?