We Need to Focus on Digital Citizenship . . . I'm On It!


This is a post in a series of posts that are being written as a result of our district Bright Bytes survey from Clarity. After viewing the results, it is helpful to know that there are areas our high school can focus on and emphasize.


One area we can focus on is Digital Citizenship


Let's dive right in and take a look at several great resources for teachers and students.


Resource #1

An Infographic showing citizenship in the digital age. So many great conversations with students can come out of this infographic. The possibilities are endless. Post this in your classroom.  Start the conversations.



Resource #2

Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence


Imagine a teacher is planning a lesson that involves student research on the internet, or a lesson on conflict, or a lesson in which students will be posting information online, or a lesson that involves video creation. Common Sense Media has ready made lessons for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms to teach digital citizenship on these topics and so much more!  This website is so valuable and should be explored and utilized by every educator in our schools today.

Resource #3

Digital Citizenship Videos

Common Sense Media also has excellent videos for teachers, parents and students.

Resource #4

NetSmartz.org has videos, quizzes and games for students that teach about digital citizenship and topics such as Split Decisions.  Each video has talking points that can be used before, during or after the video as well.



Resource #5

Copyright and Fair Use Cheat Sheet for Teachers and Tech and Learning Guide for Teachers. When planning to use digital resources in a lesson, the charts on these resources can be very helpful.


Resource #6

Copyright and Fair Use for Students

This chart keeps things simple for students when using media in a project. I often remind students of these Fair Use laws when I teach video editing.



Hopefully these resources can help to take some of the burden of knowing where to find Digital Citizenship resources for teachers, parents and students. My opinion is that Digital Citizenship should be taught in context and integrated into the classroom lesson as often as possible to keep it relevant and meaningful.