Fostering Positive Community, Chicago Style

Illustration by Kate Moore

Illustration by Kate Moore

We were delighted to close out Peartember with a phenomenal educator event at Google’s Chicago offices. Some of the highlights of the day included a lively round of Flashcard Factory to kick off the morning, an intensive Pear Deck workshop, and a rooftop group photo that perfectly articulated the phrase “windy city!”


Our favorite part of the day? Watching Be Internet Awesome lead Jessica Covarrubias sit down with educators from around the Chicago area to talk fostering positive communities and digital safety. Below, we’ve included some of the key takeaways from panelists Mike Mohammad, Science Teacher at Elmbrook Schools; Jennifer Okarma, Learning Support Coach at Naperville Community Unit School District 203; Ron Carroll, Manager of Instructional Technology Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning, Chicago Public Schools; Jason Spencer, Innovation Coordinator at Wheaton Warrenville South High School; and Todd Craver, Instructional Coach at Waukegan Public Schools.

Before teaching students, how is your school or district training educators on digital safety?

From the Mario Kart drop to media literacy, how are you preparing teachers to tackle topics as they bubble up?

Are there any other topics that bubble up for elementary levels in particular outside of cyber bullying?

What are you seeing with parents in regard to this type of topics? Are parents prepared to discuss digital safety with kids at home? 

Is there an example of standalone instruction time for teaching digital safety? 

How is the reception among students for digital safety content?

Inspired to take some of these ideas to your classroom, school, or district? We’re here to help! Install the entire Be Internet Awesome curriculum including 26 ready-to-teach lessons powered by Pear Deck, 6 Flashcard Factory ready vocabulary lists, family resources and more in a single click to your Drive or your school’s Team Drive for free in both English and Spanish. What’s more, install the curriculum and present any Be Internet Awesome lesson in the month of October to unlock your Digital Safety badge in honor of Digital Citizenship Week, October 14th-18th!

Danielle Stebel