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3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

3.1 Skills


Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.


Ning for Educators external link icon
A useful website that explains the popular social network’s positive learning opportunities. Ning also has an ad-free environment for student networks for grades 7-12.


Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.


C-Map software external link icon
This concept mapping software was developed by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition and is intended to be an entirely free resource for educational and commercial use.


Connect learning to community issues.


Dolan DNA Learning Center external link icon
This unique resource allows students from across the world to enter their own DNA information and see where their characteristics fall in worldwide databases, an excellent example of collaborating across geographical boundaries in useful ways for social learning.

National Mock Election external link icon
The self-proclaimed “nation’s largest civic education project,” The National Student/Parent Mock Election gives students the opportunity to participate with over 20% of the nation's schools in a mock environment for presidential, gubernatorial, and Congressional elections. There are excellent curriculum guides and printable worksheets for all grades.

SUNY-Buffalo’s Case Studies in Science external link icon
Bringing real-world case studies to the classroom, this website allows SUNY research to reach a wider audience, allowing librarians and teachers to more easily facilitate authentic connections in the classroom.


Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.


Digital Copyright Slider external link icon
This helpful resource is offered by Michael Brewer and the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy to help librarians determine what level of protection is provided by a publication’s copyright date.

Kathy Shrock’s Guide for Educators external link icon
An outstanding annotated bibliography of websites for topics including copyright, citations, plagiarism, and internet ready reference endorsed by Kathy Shrock, a leading name in technology integration into the K-12 curriculum.

3.4 Self-Assessment Strategies


Assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning product.


Survey Monkey external link icon and Zoomerang external link icon are two great resources that have both free and fee-based survey options that include multiple-choice and free response questions. Both will compile data into useful reports. Be careful of free survey limitations before launching a large-scale project!

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