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Even Our Youngest Students Need Digital Citizenship Skills

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 2 comments

“While my six- and seven-year old students don’t yet even understand the words ‘digital’ or ‘citizenship,’ they also need direction and support as they explore online spaces,” writes primary teacher Kathy Cassidy. “In fact, they need this instruction even more than their older counterparts.” Here’s how Cassidy teaches kids to be good (and safe) digital citizens.

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Technology in the Classroom: Embrace the Bumpy Ride!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 10 comments

Is using technology in the classroom a bumpy ride? You bet, says primary teacher Kathy Cassidy, who’s gained a worldwide reputation for her work with tools and apps in the primary classroom. “But we need to begin thinking the way our children do. We use technology not just because it is technology, but because of what it can do. It engages us and helps us to learn.” Teaching is always a journey over rough roads, Cassidy says. But we master what matters for kids.

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The Early-Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Creating Global Classrooms, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 16 comments

The days of students reading only books, writing only on paper and becoming literate in an isolated classroom have past, says primary teacher Kathy Cassidy. Even in Grade One, students need to learn new vocabulary, new mediums of communication, and new ways to connect with the world.

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