Cyber Civics: Teach Year 2

Youth today must know how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information. This program includes lessons, video, resources, and one-to-one support so that any school or individual can teach “Information Literacy” to middle school students. For more info contact: support@cybercivics.com

About this course

This course provides educators, parents, and/or community leaders with all the materials needed to confidently teach a full year of weekly "Information Literacy" lessons. These are the skills to find, retrieve, analyze, and use  online information. Within this program you will find lessons (downloadable and easy-to-teach), videos, resources, parent engagement letters, and one-to-one support--making teaching this a breeze! 

This is Year 2 of Cyber Civics (find Year 1 here), a three-year middle school digital citizenship and literacy program that addresses an urgent and growing need to prepare students with skills to become ethical, knowledgeable, and empowered “digital citizens.” 

Since the first Cyber Civics class in 2010, this program has yielded outcomes that have exceeded our greatest expectations (download Frequently Asked Questions About Year 2 to learn more), it has attracted national media attention, and has been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance. We are thrilled to make Cyber Civics available so that all students may benefit from these important lessons in digital life skills.

Visit our website to learn more: www.cybercivics.com

Why "Information Literacy"?

After teaching Year 1 of Cyber Civics—a full year of "digital citizenship"—it was clear that while we had provided students with terrific foundational skills to help them use digital media safely and wisely, this was not nearly enough. They were ready and eager to learn more practical skills. Additionally, current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, the reality is most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Although lessons to teach these skills existed here and there, it was difficult to find a comprehensive, year-long curriculum. Which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources and includes original new lessons to fill in the gaps. Like Year 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-play. It can be taught with or without technology.

Download a sample lesson here.
                                      

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The program fee ($699) provides a school-wide license for one full year.
  • Renewal is only $149/yr. By renewing your teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at the school can open his or her own account and get full support.
  • Includes curriculum, videos, resources, support, professional development, parent engagement materials, and newsletters.
  • We accept secure credit card payments (Pay Pal, Stripe) via this site.
  • We accept Purchase Orders. For a quote or to pay via P.O., contact us.  
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • Contact us for demonstrations or presentations.
  • Please download and read all the Frequently Asked Questions about Year 2.

Contact us at support@cybercivics.com or call (949) 481-4319

Plus!

Testimonials

“In the four years since the Cyber Civics™ classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.”

-Shaheer Faltas, Journey School Administrator

“Over the course of three years working with Diana Graber and watching her develop the curriculum, I recognize that it is based on the the same cognitive developmental skills that are foundational to Waldorf teaching in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. While this curriculum has found a rich home in Waldorf schools that foster ethical development, it is a curriculum that can fit in all educational settings.

- Bonnie River, Chair of Hybrid Program, Rudolf Steiner College

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC

"Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."

-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum." 

-Soni Albright, East Bay Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."   

                                                                                                      -Education Week, July 2016

 

"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"

-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools

"Journey School in Aliso Viejo implemented a weekly course to help kids navigate the online world...a lot of young kids don't appreciate that what they post online is permanent, and need to be taught that their digital footprint will live forever. To get this message through to kids, nothing beats peer-to-peer interactions."

-Al Jazeera's "America Tonight"  

"We are not only citizens of the town, state and country we live in, but also digital citizens of the online world.  As such, how we interact with the community at large is an increasingly-important part of our lives.  And just like a Civics class you may have taken in high school, every student in the near future will be taking a Cyber Civics class."

-David Ryan Polgar, WWLP-22 News

 

About the Founder

Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time Waldorf school parent, developed and still teaches Cyber Civics™ at Journey School. She has an extensive background as a media producer and also co-founded CyberWise, a digital literacy resource for parents; and CyberWise Certified, a self-paced, online learning certification program to help educators prepare to teach these lessons. She was honored with the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). As an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) she taught "Media Psychology for the 21st Century." Her published paper: New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE, 2012) provides the foundational research for the Cyber Civics™ program. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and many other publications.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • To preview, contact support@cybercivics.com
  • Getting Started
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • A Case for Information Literacy
  • Student Assessments
  • Student Pre-, Post- Assessments
  • Unit 1: Learning Balance
  • Teacher Guide
  • Balance Video
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 2: Your Diet, Part 2
  • Unit 2: Online Safety
  • Teacher Guide
  • Online Safety Video
  • Lesson 1: Rules of the Road
  • Unit 3: Searching the Web
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Elements of a Web Search
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: How Does Search Work?
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: What Keywords Will You Use?
  • Lesson 4: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Searching the Web Quiz
  • Unit 4: Your Personal Information
  • Teacher Guide
  • Online Privacy Video
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 2: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 4: Targeting and Tracking
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Lesson 5: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 6: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 7: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Personal Information Quiz
  • Unit 5: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz
  • Unit 6: How To Use Wikipedia
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Why Wikis Work
  • Lesson 2: Exploring Wikipedia
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 3
  • Lesson 3: Editing Wikipedia
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Final Test
  • Collaborative Final

About this course

This course provides educators, parents, and/or community leaders with all the materials needed to confidently teach a full year of weekly "Information Literacy" lessons. These are the skills to find, retrieve, analyze, and use  online information. Within this program you will find lessons (downloadable and easy-to-teach), videos, resources, parent engagement letters, and one-to-one support--making teaching this a breeze! 

This is Year 2 of Cyber Civics (find Year 1 here), a three-year middle school digital citizenship and literacy program that addresses an urgent and growing need to prepare students with skills to become ethical, knowledgeable, and empowered “digital citizens.” 

Since the first Cyber Civics class in 2010, this program has yielded outcomes that have exceeded our greatest expectations (download Frequently Asked Questions About Year 2 to learn more), it has attracted national media attention, and has been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance. We are thrilled to make Cyber Civics available so that all students may benefit from these important lessons in digital life skills.

Visit our website to learn more: www.cybercivics.com

Why "Information Literacy"?

After teaching Year 1 of Cyber Civics—a full year of "digital citizenship"—it was clear that while we had provided students with terrific foundational skills to help them use digital media safely and wisely, this was not nearly enough. They were ready and eager to learn more practical skills. Additionally, current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, the reality is most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Although lessons to teach these skills existed here and there, it was difficult to find a comprehensive, year-long curriculum. Which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources and includes original new lessons to fill in the gaps. Like Year 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-play. It can be taught with or without technology.

Download a sample lesson here.
                                      

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The program fee ($699) provides a school-wide license for one full year.
  • Renewal is only $149/yr. By renewing your teachers receive regularly updated materials, uninterrupted access/support.
  • Any teacher at the school can open his or her own account and get full support.
  • Includes curriculum, videos, resources, support, professional development, parent engagement materials, and newsletters.
  • We accept secure credit card payments (Pay Pal, Stripe) via this site.
  • We accept Purchase Orders. For a quote or to pay via P.O., contact us.  
  • For multiple school/district discounts, contact us.
  • Contact us for demonstrations or presentations.
  • Please download and read all the Frequently Asked Questions about Year 2.

Contact us at support@cybercivics.com or call (949) 481-4319

Plus!

Testimonials

“In the four years since the Cyber Civics™ classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.”

-Shaheer Faltas, Journey School Administrator

“Over the course of three years working with Diana Graber and watching her develop the curriculum, I recognize that it is based on the the same cognitive developmental skills that are foundational to Waldorf teaching in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. While this curriculum has found a rich home in Waldorf schools that foster ethical development, it is a curriculum that can fit in all educational settings.

- Bonnie River, Chair of Hybrid Program, Rudolf Steiner College

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC

"Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."

-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum." 

-Soni Albright, East Bay Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."   

                                                                                                      -Education Week, July 2016

 

"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"

-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools

"Journey School in Aliso Viejo implemented a weekly course to help kids navigate the online world...a lot of young kids don't appreciate that what they post online is permanent, and need to be taught that their digital footprint will live forever. To get this message through to kids, nothing beats peer-to-peer interactions."

-Al Jazeera's "America Tonight"  

"We are not only citizens of the town, state and country we live in, but also digital citizens of the online world.  As such, how we interact with the community at large is an increasingly-important part of our lives.  And just like a Civics class you may have taken in high school, every student in the near future will be taking a Cyber Civics class."

-David Ryan Polgar, WWLP-22 News

 

About the Founder

Diana Graber, M.A., a long-time Waldorf school parent, developed and still teaches Cyber Civics™ at Journey School. She has an extensive background as a media producer and also co-founded CyberWise, a digital literacy resource for parents; and CyberWise Certified, a self-paced, online learning certification program to help educators prepare to teach these lessons. She was honored with the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" by the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). As an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) she taught "Media Psychology for the 21st Century." Her published paper: New Media Literacy Education: A Developmental Approach (JMLE, 2012) provides the foundational research for the Cyber Civics™ program. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and many other publications.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • To preview, contact support@cybercivics.com
  • Getting Started
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • A Case for Information Literacy
  • Student Assessments
  • Student Pre-, Post- Assessments
  • Unit 1: Learning Balance
  • Teacher Guide
  • Balance Video
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 2: Your Diet, Part 2
  • Unit 2: Online Safety
  • Teacher Guide
  • Online Safety Video
  • Lesson 1: Rules of the Road
  • Unit 3: Searching the Web
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Elements of a Web Search
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: How Does Search Work?
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: What Keywords Will You Use?
  • Lesson 4: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Searching the Web Quiz
  • Unit 4: Your Personal Information
  • Teacher Guide
  • Online Privacy Video
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 2: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 4: Targeting and Tracking
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 4: Video 2
  • Lesson 5: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 6: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 7: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Personal Information Quiz
  • Unit 5: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 4: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz
  • Unit 6: How To Use Wikipedia
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Why Wikis Work
  • Lesson 2: Exploring Wikipedia
  • Lesson 2: Video 1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 3
  • Lesson 3: Editing Wikipedia
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Final Test
  • Collaborative Final