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FEATURED PARTNER: CYBERSMART!

The CyberSmart! Education Company is dedicated to promoting the 21st century skills associated with teaching, learning and living in a connected world. They provide:


  • Free K-8 CyberSmart! Curriculum - Internet safety, ethics and effective use

  • Free Educator's Toolbar provides fast, 'one click' links to a professionally edited and annotated collection of high quality resources for all K-12 educators - link directly to our online community and form a support network of peers

  • Pathways to Information Fluency" online professional development - the new literacy skills training to address both today's requirements and tomorrow's workforce realities

Curriculum: Internet Safety, Ethics and Research Skills

Highlights of the Curriculum

  • Addresses the interconnected challenges of responsible technology use
  • Helps educators integrate technology and strengthen instruction in core academic subjects by empowering students with effective Internet use
  • 65 original standards-based lesson plans and student activity sheets for K-8
  • Non-sequential for flexible implementation in all subject areas

Scope of the S-M-A-R-T Curriculum

Organized in five units, each teaching an important facet of Internet use:

Safety
How can students enjoy the Internet safely?
Manners
What are students' social, legal, and ethical responsibilities online?
Advertising
How can students identify commercial messages online & protect their privacy?
Research
What strategies should students know to effectively mine Internet resources?
Technology
What is cyberspace? What about computer security?

Access the Curriculum on Curriki

Use the links below to view Cybersmart! courses on Curriki.

Teacher Lesson Plans printable by grade level

Student Activity Sheets printable by grade level

Grades K-1 Curriculum

Grades 2-3 Curriculum

Grades 4-5 Curriculum

Grades 6-8 Curriculum

FAQs About the Curriculum

How is it designed for maximum flexibility?

The curriculum is non-sequential and easily integrated, in part or in full, into your school's current plan for introducing students to the Internet. Each lesson stands on its own. A consistent lesson model for all grades makes implementation simple.

What technology is needed to teach the curriculum?

Lessons combine an effective mix of offline and online activities. Offline lessons can be taught without computers or an Internet connection. Online lessons require an Internet connection; however, it is not essential that every student have use of an Internet-ready computer at the same time.

Who should teach the curriculum?

Technology teachers, librarians, media specialists, or classroom teachers who are familiar with using the Internet can successfully implement curriculum. Currently in use by educators in all 50 states, Canada and Australia, it was originally co-published with Macmillan/Mc-Graw-Hill.

Who should use the curriculum?

Originally co-published with Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, The CyberSmart! Curriculum is currently used by educators in all 50 states, Canada, and Australia. The curriculum, which is correlated to the International Society for Technology in Education's National Education Technology Standards (NETS), consists of 65 original, non-sequential, and standards-based lesson plans, student activity sheets, posters, and information for families. Addressing the interconnected challenges and solutions involved in responsible, safe, and appropriate technology use; the curriculum allows educators to comfortably integrate technology in support of core academic subjects. As testament to the curriculum's recognized value and utility, our student worksheets and related printed materials are downloaded more than 40,000 times per month!

Who supports use of this curriculum?

CyberSmart! has received expressions of support from the International Society for Technology in Education, the National School Board Association, Consortium for School Networking, and other educational groups. CyberSmart! is cited online by the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of Justice, and the Department of Commerce, as well as by state-level educational agencies nationwide. Additionally, CyberSmart! has partnered with a variety of organizations, including TechCorps, InfraGuard, EDUCAUSE, Generation YES , goCyberCamps (4-H Youth Development), the State of New York, the Software and Information Industries Association, MAR*TEC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Technology in Education Consortium at Temple University), and the Microsoft Corporation. As a founding member of the National Cyber Security Alliance, CyberSmart! is also distinctively cited by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their major policy framework, "National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace."

Professional Development

Pathways to Information Fluency

Educators must balance the high-stakes testing and accountability demands of schools today with the need to equip students for college, jobs, and life in the 21st Century. Through ?Pathways to Information Fluency,? teachers, staff and administrators will receive the tools and strategies they need to more effectively navigate both today?s requirements and tomorrow?s realities.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to make better decisions in our technology-enabled world by understanding and applying effective, ethical and secure practices for identifying, collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating online information.

Save Time and Search Smart!

Provides "one click" links to a professionally edited collection of high quality resources for all K-12 educators. Reference tools, special collections, search tools, subject experts, teaching materials, content standards, online educational communities, professional organizations, and more, are categorized, annotated and now just a click away in your web browser!