• What is Information Fluency?
    The Information Fluency website defines information fluency as “the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically”.

    Why Should I Care?
    It is important for all teachers to practice and model information fluency and digital citizenship. Not only does it ensure that the resources that are used in the classroom are in compliance with copyright and fair use laws, it also teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information.

    Copyright & Fair Use for Teachers & Students

    Copyright: Reuse, Remix, Transform!

    Creative Commons Licensing

    Creative Commons licenses provide a way for individuals to specify how their content and creations may be used by others. Options range from allowing others to share, modify and use your content for commercial purposes to only allowing others to use or share your content provided that they credit you and do not modify the content or use it for commercial purposes. Use this online tool to create a Creative Commons license logo for your content.

    Copyright Friendly Image Search
    Did you know that images found on the Internet cannot be legally used, even for educational use, if they are not labeled as copyright free or with a Creative Commons license allowing re-use? The search box below can be used to quickly search ten sites that provide copyright friendly images that can be used by teachers and students.

  • Fact Checking Sites

    Snopes  - the definitive fact-checking site. Check this site before sharing a story or offer that sounds too good to be true.

    Hoaxy  - visual fact-checking site.

    FactCheck.org  - nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. The site also includes sections for science, health, and Facebook stories.

    Reliable Search Sites

    Our libraries offer access to several paid resources that provide information from reputable and reliable sources. Some of the resources include World Book Encyclopedia, Power Library, SIRS, History Study Center, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Check your building’s library webpage or with your librarian to learn more about the available resources and the logins.

    Tech Tools & Resources

    Use the links in the left navigation menu to access videos, tutorials, cheat sheets, and lesson ideas that utilize GSuite for Education tools. The resources for Gmail, Drive, and Calendar will provide tips to help you get organized and save time by working more efficiently. I strongly recommend Google Classroom for sharing and collecting files and links from students. The Share to Classroom extension makes it easy to quickly open any file or webpage on student Chromebooks.

    Free Technology for Teachers - this site provides information about new tech tools along with instructional videos and tutorials for using tech tools for learning. 

    Shake Up Learning Link   - digital learning tips, resources, and lesson ideas for teachers.

    Ditch That Textbook Link  - tech tools and ideas for using Google Tools and other tech tools to provide meaning learning activities for students.

    Quizizz Link - free and fun way to create online quizzes for students. Questions and answer choices appear on student screens.

    Flipgrid Link  - provides a secure way for students to record and share videos. 

    Seesaw link  Seesaw is a great parent communication app. It provides a secure portal for sharing photos, videos with parents. It is free and easy to use.

     Adblock Plus - install this Chrome extension to block annoying and distracting ads. This extension has been installed for all BASD students when they sign in to their Chromebooks.

    Useful Twitter Hashtags

    #KidsDeserveIt
    This hashtag is a spinoff of the popular book by Todd Nelsoney and Adam Welcome. It features posts by educators emphasizing the importance of reminding students of their importance as people and focusing on student needs rather than test scores. I am encouraged by the positive nature of the posts.

    #GAfE4Littles
    This hashtag features tweets from Christine Pinto and other educators with a focus on strategies, lesson ideas, apps, and tech tools for primary students. These posts provide great ideas for how primary students can use their Chromebooks to learn content while learning digital skills.

    #GSuiteEDU and #GoogleEDU
    These hashtags provide official updates from Google for Education as well as tips and resources for teachers and students. I frequently find resources that teach me new skills. I also find valuable resources that I share with teachers.

    Open Educational Resource (OER) Lessons

    Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Information and Resources
    This collection from Curriki provides resources for all grade levels along with ideas for classroom use and links to royalty free media.

    Hip-Hop Sampling - Copyright Criminals

    This free lesson plan from PBS LearningMedia provides videos, questions for students, and teacher resources to teach students about sampling and copyright.

    NetSmartz - This is the premier site for online safety resources for teachers, students, tech directors and parents. NetSmartz provides training resources, lesson plans, and videos for K-12 students including real-life stories.

    Common Sense Media - This site provides quality digital citizenship resources for teachers, students, tech directors and parents. In addition to EdTech ratings and reviews, the site provides short videos that teach about online privacy and safety.