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School Librarian Saturday: FBI Cyber Surf Islands

In School Librarian Saturday, I’m going to share the websites, databases, apps, and other stuff I use with students in my K-3 teacher-librarian role, under the cover of internet darkness (see: the weekend).

Today we have a website that teaches digital citizenship, called FBI Cyber Surf Islands.

What It Is: A site sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that teaches digital citizenship. Beginning with 3rd grade and going up to 8th, students visit a virtual island full of interactive learning activities.

What’s Good About It: I love how the site is broken down by grade level, and how each grade level has different activities to complete, focusing on making good online decisions.

What’s Bad About It: Occasionally, you’ll come across a vague or unnecessarily complicated question or task. But those are few and far between.

Last Words: This has been a trusty website for the last few years. It’s a nice fit during our digital citizenship unit, and allows students to learn more about the topic in a way that’s fun.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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