Cyber Civics: Teach Level 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 is Level 2 of Cyber Civics (find Level 1 here), a three-year middle school digital 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 was taught in 2010, this program has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

About Level 2

After developing Level 1 of Cyber Civics—a full year of weekly "digital citizenship" lessons—it became clear that while it provides students with terrific foundational skills to use digital media safely and wisely, it's not nearly enough! Students are ready and eager to learn practical skills.

Current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. While lessons that teach these skills can be found here and there, we couldn't find a comprehensive curriculum...which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources, weaves them together with original lessons, and delivers them to students in a way that makes sense to them. Like Level 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. It can be taught with or without technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Subscription cost is determined by size of school.
  • Subscribing schools/organizations receive school-wide license with full support.
  • Any teacher at the subscribing school or organization can open a private account and get access to lessons (downloadable PDF's), videos, teacher guides, and parent letters.
  • Resources are always current and kept updated.
  • Teachers receive a monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.
  • Multiple school/district discounts available.
  • Low home school cost and a family program.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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

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 site. 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 a regular contributor to a number of publications.

Her book, "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationships with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available where books are sold.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • To preview, contact support@cybercivics.com
  • Preview
    Watch: Level 2 Lessons on Today Show
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • Research Supports Teaching Info Literacy
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments
  • Pre-, Post- Assessment
  • Pre-, Post-Assessment Key
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Learning Balance
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 2: Your Digital Diet, Part 2
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Online Safety
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Online Safety 101
  • Lesson 2: Rules of the Road
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: 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 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: Constructing a Search Query
  • Lesson 4: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Searching the Web Quiz
  • Searching the Web Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Your Personal Information
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 2: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 4: Targeting, Tracking, & Those Filter Bubbles
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Lesson 6: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 7: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Personal Information Quiz
  • Your Personal Information Quiz Key
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2 (for teachers)
  • Lesson 2: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Video1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 3
  • Lesson 3: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: Video 3
  • Lesson 4: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 5: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz
  • Copyright Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: 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
  • The Collaborative Final
  • The Collaborative Final Key

About This Course

This is Level 2 of Cyber Civics (find Level 1 here), a three-year middle school digital 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 was taught in 2010, this program has attracted national media attention, been honored as an "Innovation in Education" finalist by Project Tomorrow and the O.C. Tech Alliance, and its founder was awarded the "2017 Media Literacy Teacher Award" from the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The book—"Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) tells the Cyber Civics story. 

Visit our website: www.cybercivics.com

About Level 2

After developing Level 1 of Cyber Civics—a full year of weekly "digital citizenship" lessons—it became clear that while it provides students with terrific foundational skills to use digital media safely and wisely, it's not nearly enough! Students are ready and eager to learn practical skills.

Current research shows that while young people seem incredibly tech-savvy, most know little about the core concepts of "information literacy" or, how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. While lessons that teach these skills can be found here and there, we couldn't find a comprehensive curriculum...which is why this one was created. It curates the best lessons from known, vetted sources, weaves them together with original lessons, and delivers them to students in a way that makes sense to them. Like Level 1, this program emphasizes ethical and critical thinking skills, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-playing games. It can be taught with or without technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Subscription cost is determined by size of school.
  • Subscribing schools/organizations receive school-wide license with full support.
  • Any teacher at the subscribing school or organization can open a private account and get access to lessons (downloadable PDF's), videos, teacher guides, and parent letters.
  • Resources are always current and kept updated.
  • Teachers receive a monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.
  • Multiple school/district discounts available.
  • Low home school cost and a family program.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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

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 site. 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 a regular contributor to a number of publications.

Her book, "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationships with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available where books are sold.

Contact: support@cybercivics.com

 

Curriculum

  • To preview, contact support@cybercivics.com
  • Preview
    Watch: Level 2 Lessons on Today Show
  • Teacher Resources
  • Getting Started
  • Level 2 Syllabus
  • Research Supports Teaching Info Literacy
  • Student Pre- and Post-Assessments
  • Pre-, Post- Assessment
  • Pre-, Post-Assessment Key
  • UNIT 1 LESSONS: Learning Balance
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Your Digital Diet
  • Lesson 2: Your Digital Diet, Part 2
  • UNIT 2 LESSONS: Online Safety
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Online Safety 101
  • Lesson 2: Rules of the Road
  • UNIT 3 LESSONS: 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 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: Constructing a Search Query
  • Lesson 4: Anatomy of a Results Page
  • Searching the Web Quiz
  • Searching the Web Quiz Key
  • UNIT 4 LESSONS: Your Personal Information
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Who's Watching You?
  • Lesson 2: Privacy Policies: Who Reads Them?
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Terms of Use
  • Lesson 4: Targeting, Tracking, & Those Filter Bubbles
  • Lesson 4: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Protecting Your Online Data
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Lesson 6: What Would You Collect?
  • Lesson 7: Making (and Remembering) Great Passwords
  • Personal Information Quiz
  • Your Personal Information Quiz Key
  • UNIT 5 LESSONS: Copyright | Public Domain | Fair Use
  • Teacher Guide
  • Parent Letter
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Copyright, Part 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 1
  • Lesson 1: Video 2 (for teachers)
  • Lesson 2: Introducing Copyright, Part 2
  • Lesson 2: Video1
  • Lesson 2: Video 2
  • Lesson 2: Video 3
  • Lesson 3: What is "Creative Commons"?
  • Lesson 3: Video 1
  • Lesson 3: Video 2
  • Lesson 3: Video 3
  • Lesson 4: Public Domain and Fair Use
  • Lesson 5: Living in a Remix World
  • Lesson 5: Video 1
  • Lesson 5: Video 2
  • Copyright Quiz
  • Copyright Quiz Key
  • UNIT 6 LESSONS: 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
  • The Collaborative Final
  • The Collaborative Final Key