Category Archives: Digital Citizenship

Welcome TIS Tech Crew Members!


Thank you so much for encouraging students to sign up for Tech Crew. We had our first and largest membership meeting yesterday. We had nearly 30 students crammed into to TIS Conference room! AND we have a great balance of girls and boys. We also have representation for EVERY CLASS. ūüôā

tech_crewPlease allow Tech Crew Members check Schoology at least twice a day. I’ll assign tasks through Schoology.

Their first assignment is to count iPads at the end of the day. I know you have someone else doing this, but the redundancy will help to confirm the placement of iPads. I’ve also asked the Crew to take a photo of themselves for our website. Please let them do this during a convenient time.

Here’s a tutorial on how to upload photos/videos to Schoology. As the Crew and I create tutorials, we’ll add them to the right-side of, under TIS Tech Crew.¬†

Crew Members should ALWAYS model good digital citizenship. Let me know if you see any non-examples. I’ll talk to the student and¬†call their parents to let them know that their child may be uninvited if they aren’t able to maintain good digital citizenship consistently. I’m sending home letters to Tech Crew parents regarding their child’s role and expectations.

I’m changing the meeting times for 4th grade. We meet each Tuesday in the TIS Conference room at the big table. We meet during recess time.

  • 5th Grade 11:35-11:55
  • 4th Grade 11:55-12:15
  • 6th Grade 12:00-12:25

Mr. EarthTree

Tech Crew Members WANTED!

Tech Crew needs members!



Students that are interested should scan the code on the poster  OR click here and fill out the information.

11:35-11:55 TIS conference room

  • 4th grade¬†during lunch
  • 5th grade¬†during lunch recess

12:00-12:20 TIS conference room

  • 6th grade during lunch recess


  • Students will exhibit leadership for digital citizenship by supporting their community to troubleshoot systems and applications.


  • create original works as a means of personal or group expression
  • communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
  • evaluate digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
  • plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
  • exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
  • troubleshoot systems and applications


  • Students obtain first hand knowledge on how to help others.

Wired Wednesday


blogPlease join me on Wired Wednesday. We will focus on one application, program or teaching strategy that will make life better for you or your students either by enhancing teaching/learning or streamlining work-flow. Each session is worth 1/15th of a credit (1 seat hour).

All are welcome! Whether you are afraid you’ll break it or are a Power User or something in between, you are encouraged to attend.

Please bring your laptop and iPad.

Meeting Dates (3:30-4:30) Location: 200

  • August 27
  • September 18
  • October 8, 29
  • November¬† 19
  • December 3, 17
  • January 21, 28
  • February 18
  • March 4, 18
  • April 1, 22
  • May 13


Christopher EarthTree



1:World 2013-2014

When and how should I check my child’s history on devices?

Internet_ContractToday during the Coffee Talk, I’ve been tasked with being the point person for the question “When and how should I check my child’s history on devices?”

The “when” part of the question is tricky and obviously will vary from child to child. Trust is the largest factor in this equation. It also depends on how often you’ve discussed the appropriate use of the Internet with your child, how much they’ve taken ownership of the goals of digital citizenship lessons at school, their own personal sense of right and wrong, and whether or not they even want to follow the right path. As students grow more and more curious they’ll find a way to answer their questions. Will they ask you? Will they ask a friend? Will they look it up on the Internet?

Personally, as the father of a ten year old, I would only check her Internet history if I get the sense that there is something going on that she doesn’t want to talk about. At home the computer is in the living room. When she’s on the computer I’m on the couch reading a book. When she’s at school she’s being supervised. She doesn’t ever have access to the Internet unguided. Not yet. In my mind the Internet is like New York. There are some great museums and areas to visit. However, there are also some dark alleyways harboring ill-intentioned people. I would no sooner send my daughter to New York unchaperoned than I would let her access the Internet unsupervised. That day will come, but we’ll build up to it in the meantime.

So… that being said. If you need to check your child’s Internet history it’s fairly straight forward (links below). However, there are two other things to check for when you check their history that you may not have considered.

Are there any gaps in the history?… Times when you know your child was on the Internet but there are no time stamps. Hmm, did they delete a few minutes of naughty surfing. Or is their entire history wiped clean? Uh oh, time for a serious talk. That is unacceptable.

Also check their flash history. Chances are if they erased their history they did not erase flash (not on iPads). Here’s a link to the settings manager for flash.

I realize this doesn’t fully answer the question at hand, but the answers greatly depend on your parenting style and your child’s personality. Hopefully this will give you a great starting place when considering checking your child’s Internet history.


Do you have questions? Please feel free to contact me.