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My students are living and learning in the digital age and they are young enough to not know anything else. As the technology teacher for 5-12 year-olds, I see my job as more than simply teaching them about the tools that are available to use. I know that teaching them how to be upstanding humans who will use technology to make the world a better place is just as important and often more challenging. I must intentionally focus on showing my students how to successfully use technology in real life. I will be able to encourage responsible use of technology with books like Dot, Noah's New Phone, If You Give a Mouse an iPhone, and Me, Myselfie, and I. Online Safety can be showcased in Chicken Clicking, The Fabulous Friend Machine, and The Internet Sleuths. The consequences of cyber-bullying, as well as how to prevent it, are portrayed in stories like Shredderman: Secret Identity, Troll Stinks, and Cell Phoney. Making the connection between coding and real life becomes easy when reading about How to Code a Sandcastle or Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding. And as much as we all love the benefits of technology, I would be remiss if I didn't share a few cautionary tales about what could happen if we never 'unplug'. The unpleasant side of technology addiction can be covered in lighthearted kid-friendly stories like Unplugged, Blackout, Trapped in a Video Game, and But It's Just a Game. These books will be utilized in a variety of ways. I will use the stories to engage students when starting a new topic of study, students will read them independently if they finish a project early, and whole-class read-alouds will be a great no-tech backup plan for weeks when we are without technology due to testing or technical difficulties.

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My students are living and learning in the digital age and they are young enough to not know anything else. As the technology teacher for 5-12 year-olds, I see my job as more than simply teaching them about the tools that are available to use. I know that teaching them how to be upstanding humans who will use technology to make the world a better place is just as important and often more challenging. I must intentionally focus on showing my students how to successfully use technology in real life. I will be able to encourage responsible use of technology with books like Dot, Noah's New Phone, If You Give a Mouse an iPhone, and Me, Myselfie, and I. Online Safety can be showcased in Chicken Clicking, The Fabulous Friend Machine, and The Internet Sleuths. The consequences of cyber-bullying, as well as how to prevent it, are portrayed in stories like Shredderman: Secret Identity, Troll Stinks, and Cell Phoney. Making the connection between coding and real life becomes easy when reading about How to Code a Sandcastle or Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding. And as much as we all love the benefits of technology, I would be remiss if I didn't share a few cautionary tales about what could happen if we never 'unplug'. The unpleasant side of technology addiction can be covered in lighthearted kid-friendly stories like Unplugged, Blackout, Trapped in a Video Game, and But It's Just a Game. These books will be utilized in a variety of ways. I will use the stories to engage students when starting a new topic of study, students will read them independently if they finish a project early, and whole-class read-alouds will be a great no-tech backup plan for weeks when we are without technology due to testing or technical difficulties.

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