Innovators Corner

Lethbridge 51 has introduced a number of new tools to support innovation, learning and creativity. The videos below are just a sample of some of the innovative tools being introduced in the 2017/18 school year. 


The tilt brush can be signed out to schools by request to the technology department. To sign it out please contact

Each school in Lethbridge school district has been supplied one ipad and pad caster.

The smartboard E70 has been installed at Coal banks elementary school, to learn more about the board please contact


The surface studio can be signed out to schools by request to the technology department. If you would like to sign it out please contact

Stay tuned for some local videos displaying some of the innovation taking place in Lethbridge 51




Internet Safety Cheat Sheet For Digital Media Use In Schools

Digital media use is exploding in education.

Unfortunately, internet safety is something many teachers–and worse, students-take for granted. While many teachers–and librarians–are concerned with breaking copyright laws, controlling digital media use is often an afterthought. Or worse, so heavily scrutinized that district filters kill any authentic access at all.

But as our libraries gradually become virtual spaces, and our media becomes digital, controlling digital media use is going to become increasingly relevant. Which makes Jen Gordon’s–from the aptly-named–infographic below on netflix, YouTube, Instagram, Google, and Apple hardware so relevant for you. )Unless your district has already taken this burden off your shoulders. In that case, you can wad this one up and toss it.)

You can also take a look at 20 basic rules for digital citizenship as a follow-up.

20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship

To help clarify what that “quality” can look like, put together the following infographic framed around Dos and Don’ts. While seemingly written for a more general audience than students and educators, the thinking is sound, including “Treat others they way you want to be treated,” “Don’t forget the human behind the screen,” “Listen first, talk later,” and “Use proper grammar.” (Yes, please do.)

Overall it’s a bit basic, but it does take the important step of moving beyond rhetoric to offer concrete tips to realize the idea.

Moving Students From Digital Citizenship To Digital Leadership

Digital Citizenship has become one of the more symbolic phrases that represents the significant impact technology has made on our behavior and interactions.

What is the definition of digital citizenship? A couple of years ago, Terry Heick offered that digital citizenship is “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of digital content and communities.” In short, it’s taking care of the “things” we depend on in digital spaces.

This isn’t an easy concept for many students to wrap their head around, as it involves aspects of scale, permanence, and credibility that they are just beginning to wrestle with. Citizenship as an idea of its own is both crucial and crucially misunderstood, often reduced to political notions (Be heard–Vote!) or those ecological (Always Recycle!). Consider how infrequently many adults consider how the work they do, the things they buy, or the food they eat affects national or global citizenship. (Read more)

Young Canadians’ Experiences with Electronic Bullying

Although there has been research on offline bullying and the role of peers, there is limited research on peer intervention for online bullying. Researchers have expressed concerns that cyberbullying and online harassment might increase negative bystander behaviours because of the physical distance and the perceived anonymity of online communication. To better understand the relationship between peer intervention and electronic bullying amongst Canadian youth, MediaSmarts partnered with PREVNet and TELUS to examine the factors that influence the likelihood of young people intervening in online bullying scenarios; the helpfulness of different ways of intervening, and the motivation and barriers to intervening.

TELUS WISE Footprint

TELUS WISE® footprint is a program created by TELUS for the benefit of all Canadian families. TELUS WISE (wise internet and smartphone education) focuses on sharing important information to help us keep our families safe online.

TELUS WISE footprint was created  to provide tweens and teens a fun and engaging way to learn about their digital footprint and how to keep it clean. The program also offers a great way for tweens and teens to learn how to give back via the contests offered on TELUS WISE footprint.

Teachers, parents, caregivers and coaches can also participate in a discussion with kids in their lives about keeping their digital footprint clean by using the TELUS WISE footprint discussion guide as an aid. You can check it out here.

Introduction to TELUS WISE

Keeping Canadian families safer online

I am sure you agree that today’s kids are highly connected - enthusiastically embracing the ability to socialize, learn and explore online. To ensure that they have a positive experience we need to educate ourselves and the kids in our lives on how to keep safe online.  To address this need TELUS offers TELUS WISE® - a unique educational program focused on Internet and smartphone safety to help keep families safer from online criminal activity such as financial fraud and cyberbullying. This program is available to all Canadians free-of-charge.

TELUS WISE footprint -- Keep safe

This video is one of three videos showcased in the TELUS WISE footprint challenge to teach teens and tweens good digital literacy habits.

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New MediaSmarts Resources & Research has released two more digital literacy resources and a report on their recent survey on cyberbullying.  Below are brief descriptions of each with links to them on their website.

Online Peer Intervention: Young Canadians Experiences with Electronic Bullying: a report on our national survey of youth ages 12-18 that explores their attitudes and experiences as witnesses to cyberbullying.

 Respecting Yourself and Others Online: is a workshop that provides tweens and young teens with strategies and knowledge that will help them respect themselves, respect others, and respect the space when using social media.

 The Parent Network: is a workshop designed to help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking and to provide them with tips and tools they can use to help them minimize negative experiences and maximize the positive opportunities that social media has to offer.


Today, we're launching a new resource to help students transitioning onto high school navigate the digital dilemmas they may encounter in their online interactions and activities.

Your Connected Life: A Teen’s Guide to Life Online offers teen-tested tips and solutions for everything from balancing screen time with school work, managing relationships and reputation online, to using the Internet to find the best information on health, hobbies and homework.
“Digital media can add a layer of complexity and stress to the social and academic demands already placed on high school students,” says Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “Our goal with this guide was to look at the different online issues that kids entering high school might face and to support them – in a friendly way – in managing all the different aspects of their connected lives.”

The Your Connected Life guide was made possible with support from Shaw Communications and is available in English and French for free on the MediaSmarts website, Shaw has also committed an additional $75,000 to the development of a program to engage post-secondary students in 2016.
“With the increased use and dependency of technology in our lives, it is important that we develop a platform to help children and youth learn to become responsible digital citizens,” says Katherine Emberly, Vice President, Operations, Shaw Communications. “We are proud to be a part of Your Connected Life, to help youth navigate the complexities of this digital world.”
Your Connected Life covers teens’ favourite online activities and offers practical advice on a variety of issues, including: cyberbullying, recognizing unhealthy relationships, controlling online gaming, downloading and copyright, secure shopping, protecting data and privacy and finding and authenticating information online.


Move over, Facebook: For Generation Z, it’s all about live video

Claire Brownell, Financial Post  10.15.2015

With a little help from his fans, Brent Morgan is working on his album.

Morgan, 27, is in sweatpants and a tank top, sitting in his home production studio in Madison, Ala. His fans are all over the world, tuning in live through the social media site YouNow and typing out suggestions as he fiddles with the vocals, participating in the world’s first album produced live and in real-time online.

Morgan reads out a comment: “Your hair looks so fluffy.” “Thank you,” he responds. Like a DJ at a night club, he tries to hype up the crowd watching him through the screens of their laptops and smartphones: “Share it up, like it up. Let’s get it trending, let’s get it to first place if we can.”

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How has Technology changed Music Lessons?

Over the past several years, online music lessons have substantially grown in popularity. And it’s no wonder — it’s an option that is convenient and often priced lower than in-person lessons. Plus, you can choose an instructor from practically anywhere!

Advances in technology have made the success of online music lessons possible, but that’s not the only way that technology has changed the way we learn music. New innovations provide fun and creative ways to enhance the learning experience for today’s student. You can find the best online piano lessons, for instance, and then supplement those with apps, games, and YouTube tutorials.

Here are some fascinating facts about how we learn, teach, and promote music online. Link