Great Digital Learning Resources for the Month of February

Resources for February 

Black History
Find out about some of the institutions that have helped make the people you admire great. Have your students research a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).  Check out the Department of Education’s site about What is an HBCU

Career & Technical Education
CTE Month Campaign
CTE Month

Internet Safety

ConnectSafely.org, is an internet safety nonprofit based in Palo Alto, Calif. Check out their news, podcasts, tips and resources. The conference can be live-streamed on the 5th. Login with a Google account.

This video created by Microsoft shows you how to create and use a chatterbox with 8 tips for staying safe on the internet.

This is an Irish site, but it does have some good free resources which you are welcome to download including handbooks. They are designed to help teach young people to use media “in a safe, secure and positive way.”You  can even download a copy in Gaelige.

Short Videos for Safer Internet Day
5 Internet tips for kids -43 seconds

Videos For Parents
Online Bullying: online Safety for Parents 1:32 Elementary

Online Safety Advice from Dr. Linda Safer Internet Day 1:15 Middle to High School

Chinese New Year ( February 5)
Start by having students write down traits about themselves, then look up the year they were born Follow that with having students create a brochure entitled:
The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project.  The complete lesson plan may be found here.  

Inventors (February 11)
Talk to your school’s librarian about pulling books on inventors and have your students select an inventor and write a one page paper about the inventor and their invention.  Know an inventor? Invite them to your classroom as a guest speaker. Don’t know an inventor? Use the National Inventors Hall of Fame to introduce your students to an inductee. 

Valentine's Day (February 14)
Try out the Valentine’s Card maker.  Create the card, including message, click download and send via email or print and give in person! 

Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17)
Check out the Random Acts Of Site
Click on For Educators to find lesson plan ideas for K-8, but they could be adapted for high school students. 

Presidents Day (February 18)
The NEA offers President’s Day activities for K-8. For a Civics lesson, try out activities and lessons from the Center for Civic Education 

Digital Learning Day (February 28)
Norfolk Public Schools is on the map: https://digitallearningday.org/. Are you?  Have your students write a reflection of what being a digital learner is all about. Then post them somewhere outside the classroom. 

cross posted at collaborationsdigitalandotherwise.weebly.com

Deborah Marshall is the Department Chair of Career & Technical Education and Lisa McKnight Ward is the librarian at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Both are Nationally Board Certified, former Teachers of the Year, who have taught multiple subjects including AP and IB courses. They have over a decade of experience collaborating on technology-based learning. Read more at collaborationsdigitalandotherwise.weebly.com/