Digital Futures Initiative

K-12 Curriculum to help kids and parents be safe, accountable & responsible online built on foundation of emotional intelligence.

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Edit 4/3 - the platforms are up and ready for access.  Teachers can access www.certify.DFiNow.org to access any of the 22 lessons for K-12.  See the lesson in action, answer a couple of questions on the content and receive a certificate of completion along with a link to download and use all of the media assets including powerpoint, videos, instructors notes, in-class activities and more.

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Learn, Teach, Share - positive, safe digital life skills.

Teachers end up spending more time researching and curating content than teaching it.  We have packaged digital citizenship, Internet safety, distracted driving and substance use - all built with a foundation of developing emotional intelligence as part of digital intelligence.

There are 22 lessons in all, get only the ones you need and every lesson is updated annually with relevant, recent information that students appreciate.

Digital Futures Initiative (www.DFiNow.org) is a non-profit that provides free, in-class curriculum (lessons, activities, instructor' notes, training/certification) on digital citizenship and relationships.  We provide the necessary tools and training programs for educators, law enforcement (SROs) and parents to help them instruct kids on safer, more responsible internet and mobile use, and to better manage specific problems that can arise—including cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, substance abuse, loss of emotional intelligence, distracted driving and more.  

By growing up with devices and online, we need to teach a new set of skills.  What is typically missed though are the skills that we are losing to digital as well.  At DFi, we understand the need to account for the life skills that digital de-couples from our innate abilities to communicate, understand and empathize with others. These “people skills” that we took for granted in the past are now lacking because we don’t get as much practice with them growing up. That is why, in addition to teaching new digital skills of responsible use, accountability and safety online, DFI incorporates emotional intelligence as a foundation in all of the lessons.

Our programs by age:

Elementary - Teachers goto www.DQWorld.net to sign up for a school account using "DFiNow" as the access code.  This is an online, "pokemon" styled program that teaches the important, foundational skills needed for ages 7-12.  10 lessons in total.

Middle School - these are Instructor led experiences with lessons on digital citizenship, relationships and substance use.  Progressive in nature getting more direct the older the students get.  Instructors can access all training material and certification at certify.dfinow.org - then "Sign up", top right hand side.

High School - the same Instructor led approach, but includes lessons on Distracted Driving in addition to Citizenship, Relationships and Substance Use.  certify.dfinow.org is the same access point for all lessons and certification.

Parents - are taught through Instructor led Parent Academies.  All parent academy content can be found at certify.dfinow.org as well.  For hand-outs and additional Parental resources use http://www.dfinow.org/parents-tools-and-resources.html to download additional helpful information.

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DFI Lesson Outline Overview.pdf

This is an overview of each instructor led lesson grades 6-12. I have organized by topic, by grade and included brief overview section. Every lesson can be downloaded free and includes powerpoint, videos, instructor notes, classroom activities and more.

Digital Futures Initiative Overview (1 page).pdf

A 1-page description of the program from components to how to get started.

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Hi Jason,

First of all, thanks for participating in this collaboration between the Teachers Guild and ISTE. We really appreciate your contributions!

We’re in the last week of the build phase of the challenge on digital citizenship so it’s time to fine tune your idea before final voting begins next week.

Here are some things to consider as you continue to build on your idea:
- is your idea clear and will it inspire action from other teachers?
- would it be easy for a teacher to incorporate your idea about digital citizenship in their classroom?
- does your idea include some component of research and are there shareable resources?
- is your idea student-centered and does it promote agency?

Thanks,
Paul

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Paul Kim appreciate the note. I have added some recent items as we create them. Specifically to your points:
 - I added some language to simplify what we are doing. Does it resonate?
- Easy is where we shine - We no have an online, self-paced learning center. Any instructor can sign up, select any of the 23 lessons to teach. There is a walk-through of the content and after answering 4-5 questions to validate mastery, the instructor gets a certificate with the full digital files, presenter notes, in-class activities, videos, etc - can be used as much as they want - all for FREE
- We developed this curriculum over the past 9 years teaching ~20k students and have had an independent research firm studying results from students, parents, teachers. This research informs the annual curriculum updates. Until last year, this program was only available in Douglas County, CO. To make it more broadly available, we created DFi and launched nationally.
- The feedback we get from the 300 current instructors in 35 states has been overwhelmingly positive. They report students who are engaged, classes that are attentive and content that they respect. The in-class activities are meant to introduce concepts and help student practice empathy, emotional intelligence along with being accountable and responsible online.

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Good stuff Jason! Thanks.

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