2012-2013 School Year
Stone Middle School Pilots Comprehensive Internet Safety Program
Backstory
Prior to 2011, Stone’s Media Center was an underused campus resource. Under the leadership of Dr. Dawn Bronstein (hired Spring 2011), the Media Center has evolved into a hub of learning. She has strategically endeavored to put the
Media Center back in the Center of our school culture in spite of the facility being at the furthest distance of any building – nearly off-campus!

In addition to working closely with our Reading Coach, Language Arts Teachers and Science Research team, Dr. Bronstein has made a determined, focused effort to provide our students with opportunities to develop media literacy, and internet safety, netiquette, ethics and multimedia communication skills. She is a true 21st Century Librarian and Multimedia Director.

The Library Without Walls • Learning in the Internet Age
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Today's students have immediate access to a much wider variety of materials as compared to students a decade or more ago. They have to develop a completely different set of research skills, validation, and documentation skills in today's web-based society.

Stone Middle School serves students with a wide variety of needs in developing their media literacy skills. Students enrolled on our choice team are typically digital natives who have regular access to technology both during their school day and at home. However, there are also many students who have very little access to technology. All of our students have gaps in their skills and operational knowledge of social networks, digital communications, and ethics.

Stone Middle School Parents– make sure we have your email in Edline! We will be contacting you about Media Literacy & Family Internet Safety Workshops for Parents presented by Dr. Bronstein and nationally recognized educational technologist, Mr. Gordon Shupe.

The goal of the project is to provide all students with information they need to make wise decisions about social networking, cyber-bullying, online chat rooms, privacy, intellectual property, and computer viruses in a structured manner that builds student knowledge over the course of their two years at Stone.


Dr. Bronstein, Stone Media Specialist

In order to provide all of our students with the basic skills they need to interact safely and ethically on the Internet, the library media specialist piloted a program during the 2012-13 school year implementing the iSafe curriculum.

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Language arts classes are regularly scheduled to visit the media center to check out books in order to encouraging systemic reading. Typically only 15-20 minutes of the 50 minute class period is required to locate a book of interest. Dr. Bronstein utilizes the remainder of the class hour to present an iSafe lesson to the visiting language arts classes. Additional internet safety and media literacy activities are conducted through the Social Studies classes. A progression has been articulated in the lessons so that 8th graders receive more advanced activities and information as their skill level progresses.

Link to Stone Middle School's Media Center Website

Data Collected from School-wide Pre-assessment Survey Given in October of 2012 (sample size: ~800 7th & 8th Graders)

A large percentage of students indicated that they were not aware that some of their activities on social networking sites may be putting them in danger.  Many also shared that they are not aware of even the basic rules of internet safety.
Spend 4 Hours or More Online Weekly69%
Have a Facebook Account50%
Have Met Someone Online That Is "A Good Friend"38%
Have Discussed Internet Safety With Parents31%
Tell Their Parents About Online Friends30%
Report Parents Have Better Internet Skills24%

Mr. Gordon Shupe, Technology Director
Stone Middle School

Although the "Three R's" are considered the backbone of public education, Media Literacy has become a huge factor in producing educated citizens.

Quite honestly, even though it is so important, most adults feel woefully ill-prepared to teach Media Literacy. As a part of the 'Digital Imigrants' generation, we really need the resources and structure that iSafe curriculum has provided to reach our 'Digital Natives' , as well as the leadership that Dr. Bronstein, our Language Arts, and Social Studies teachers are providing.

And don't underestimate the importance of this leadership. Although this curriculum is not directly on state tests, our district recognizes its importance, and our principals and staff are willing to do more than just pay lip service to this topic.

Kallie W., 7th Grade Student
Stone Middle School

I learned a great deal about intellectual property during our activity in the library. Now I can define what intellectual property is and I know that what I write online is protected. I also learned what I can use fairly online.

Mrs. Susan Deschaine, Civic Instructor
Stone Middle School

Dr. Dawn Bronstein’s 2-day presentation on i-SAFE Intellectual Property was eye-opening for students. Students learned that artists (whether they be amateur or professional) work hard to create their product. If we use information performances created by others they should be compensated! In some cases, students can get permission to use information but in many situations artists need to get paid.

The result of this respect will lead to more creativity!

Ms. Jennifer Gates,, Language Arts Instructor
Stone Middle School

As a parent and teacher, I am so pleased that Stone students are provided the factual yet engaging glimpse into where the negative repercussions can lead if they are not cautious about disclosing personal information on-line. My students were astonished at how easily strangers can find out where they live, what school they go to or what their daily schedule is just from posting basic, seemingly harmless information and pictures on-line.

The iSafe curriculum encompasses many aspects of digital safety and laws, all of which provide an eye opening, educational experience.

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