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Edit Curriculum goes back to the basics of storytelling to inspire, empower, and teach empathy to the next generation of digital citizens.

 

Why storytelling?

Our future leaders will be those who have strong communication skills, empathize with others, and are connected to their humanness. Edit Curriculum gives schools the tools and skills they need to create a safe space to discuss today’s issues and the ever-changing digital world we live in. The students are at the center of the curriculum. Their discussion is key because they live in a different online space than many previous generations have experienced.


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You will be thrilled

with our database of stories covering a range of topics and ages, all labeled clearly for easy access, and complete with discussion questions. The stories take about 20 minutes to read and discuss, with the aim of students stepping into the story in order to gain perspective. Learning how to deal with tricky online situations before they happen and discussing emotions linked to the online world has proven not only helpful but also liberating to teens. They are relieved to discuss issues they may otherwise be nervous to broach.

About the stories

  • More than 80 stories accessible on the website

  • Tested on teens

  • Labeled based on the DQ Institute Standards so that you can easily find what your students need

  • Divided into a Primary and a Middle and High School section

  • An additional section of stories for Professional Development for Staff and Parents

Because we want to keep the stories real for the students, some of the stories are sensitive in content, which simply means they will include one of the following elements: foul language, sexuality, or substance use. Possibly offensive content has been clearly labeled in the menu. Still, there is a variety of stories to suit different styles of teaching and different school cultures. 

We are also proud of the core lessons that we are developing. The core lessons will always be linked to the stories, teaching empathy, perspective-taking, time management, healthy gaming and so much more. We have made these lessons easy for teachers to use; they even come with a slideshow.

If you need a story on a certain subject, please let us know, and we will create one for you. We want to make your life as educators easier. We spend our time researching what teens are doing, and coming up with conversations to help teens cope with the content that explodes into their lives from their phones and computers. Let us help you help them.


We can

help by


  • Delivering relevant, relatable stories (topics ranging from balanced media use, online identity and relationships to gaming, well-being, privacy and online drama);

  • Creating stories to meet the needs of your school;

  • Providing content for authentic discussion;

  • Offering virtual trainings and webinars for teachers;

  • Delivering core lessons to help strengthen social emotional competencies;

  • Giving practical advice to teachers and counselors;

  • Tailoring blogs and letters especially to meet the needs of your school.


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Our Categories

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Online Identity

The Online Identity section discusses how we establish and portray ourselves online. This topic includes different components such as online personality, beliefs, and self-esteem.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Identity

  • Digital Safety

  • Digital Emotional Intelligence

 

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Media Balance and Dynamics

The Media Balance section focuses on the amount of time and energy spent using media. The Media Dynamics section deals with how different social contexts (school, home, community) impact media use.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Use

  • Digital Emotional Intelligence

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Relationships and Communication

In the Relationships and Communication section we concentrate on how we communicate and collaborate on- and offline.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Emotional Intelligence

  • Digital Communication

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Privacy and Security

Privacy and Security considers the awareness and management of personal information online. This topic also raises discussion about moral and ethical risks when sharing or withholding personal information.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Safety

  • Digital Security

  • Digital Rights


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Cyberbullying and Digital Drama

Problems that involve online harassment and humiliation are the focus of the Cyberbullying and Digital Drama section. This also includes online fights and disagreements.


DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Safety

  • Digital Emotional Intelligence

  • Digital Identity

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Gaming

The Gaming section considers video- and app-based gaming culture and the effects of gameplay.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Use

  • Digital Communication

  • Digital Identity

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Digital Literacy

The subjects of how we find, evaluate, and create using technology are explored in the Digital Literacy section. Sharing and reproducing knowledge with or without consent is also reflected on here.

DQ Area Alignment:

  • Digital Rights

  • Digital Literacy


How do I

sign up?


It’s easy! As a school, you pay a subscription fee. All teachers and staff members will then have access to our growing database of stories, a video with tips on how to use the curriculum and the core lessons on social emotional competencies. With this subscription, you also can ask us for a story on a specific subject. If you need a story on a new app or a problem you might encounter, tell us, and we will create it for you.

Our digital world is moving so fast. We understand that teachers need someone behind the scenes keeping up and creating content on the social and emotional level so they can help steer students to live in harmony with their devices, and learn to deal with what they encounter daily at school and at home.



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Coming soon

We are in the pilot stage of the curriculum. We are working hard to put the final touches on the stories and the lessons while collecting valuable insights before making the curriculum available for subscription.

Who’s behind all of these stories?

 
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FOUR WOMEN, ONE VISION

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It all started when

a school Allison had presented at asked her for more material, so that the school could continue work on empathetic digital citizenship independently. “Could you please create something we can use when you are not present?” As serendipity would have it, in the next few weeks, Camilla and Morgan contacted Allison asking to join forces with her. Marienke was already onboard as the mastermind behind role plays, theater and helping bring the content to life.

When these four educators met, all different in age, nationality, and experience, magic happened.

We knew this program was needed. We have sat together, had long discussions, debated over content, tested that same content with teens and educators, laughed a lot and thrown a variety of ideas around. We hope you will enjoy, learn and laugh with your students while discussing these relevant topics. If we don’t have what you need for a specific situation or audience, don’t forget to ask. We will create it for you.

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Curious?

 
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Allison Ochs - Principal Storyteller, Creator, and Owner

Allison is an American/Swiss social worker, author, lecturer, teacher, and consultant. She has volunteered in an orphanage in Mexico and as a board member at the International School of Amsterdam. She has worked at the University Hospital in Kiel, in a teen transition home and has both taught and held leadership positions in public and private schools in Switzerland. She is currently the owner and president of EDIT change management Sàrl, and author of "Would I have sexted back in the 80s? A modern guide on raising digital teens derived from lessons of the past”.

When Allison is not on the road sharing stories with teens, parents, and teachers to help them navigate and live in harmony with their smartphones and various devices, you will find her either in Amsterdam or a small town just above Lake Geneva.

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Marienke van Terheijden - Role Play, Theater Creation and Storyteller

Marienke is a Dutch educator, actress and comedian. In 2009 she graduated as a drama teacher, and since then has been using theater and education to tell stories and help students deal with subjects that are near to her heart. She has worked in community theater and high schools, and written and acted in educational plays, always with humor and openness.

At the moment Marienke is touring over 50 Dutch public schools a year with an educational comedy-play about traffic safety. She also acts in commercials, and writes stories, plays and role plays for Edit CM.

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Camilla Hannuksela - Curriculum Manager and Editor

Camilla is a high-school English teacher from Finland with over a decade of teaching experience in the public Finnish school system including work within the IB curriculum. Camilla has an MA in English Philology and Nordic Languages from Helsinki University. She is also a co-author of twelve published books for the national Finnish high school curriculum. At the core of her teaching is making use of the positive energy of teens and helping them find their way with empathy and awareness both on- and offline.

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Morgan Russo - Curriculum Manager and Content Creator

Morgan previously taught 4th through 7th grade in Chicago Public Schools and at KIPP Chicago. She was an instructional coach and grade level chair and went on to direct a non-profit, Teachers Supporting Teachers, which focuses on urban teacher leader development and retention. She now writes curriculum for a variety of educational companies including Peekapak and 321 Learning. Passionate about empowering today's youth to understand both the sunny and dark sides of media and technology, Morgan is currently working on a children's book around digital citizenship and media balance.

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We embrace the uncomfortable, scary, but necessary space. As the digital world evolves, technology can’t compete with our human side.
— Allison, Marienke, Camilla and Morgan