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    Classroom Challenge – Digital Citizenship:  Crossing the Street in a Digital World – October 2015


      Are your students crossing the digital streets safely and responsibly while traveling in the digital world?

      Students are increasingly becoming more confident about using the internet; although they may not have the maturity and awareness to understand what it means to be a digital citizen. Technology makes it easier to access, copy, create, duplicate, and share information. So, how can educators model good use of digital citizenship in the classroom and encourage students to become responsible and ethical life-long learners?


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      How can educators demonstrate, model, and help students practice appropriate and professional behavior while actively participating in authentic learning experiences using video, images, blogs, wikis, online research, and other online resources?  What strategies can educators implement to help student cross the street safely into a digital world and become ethical digital citizens?  Explore the resources below to learn what you can do to help!

      Digital Citizenship: Crossing the Street in a Digital World







      Remove advertising, distracting and offensive elements around YouTube videos.

      Explore a series of missions to learn key issues of web safety and digital citizenship.

      Evaluate digital decisions and how they impact your life, relationships and your future.

      Implement a week’s worth of digital citizenship activities for school and families.


      Crop videos before sharing them

      Earn a badge and graduate from The Webonaut Internet Academy

      An animated choose-your-own adventure interactive that challenges students to step into the shoes of one of eight characters to experience:

      • Cyberbullying
      • Self-image & Identity
      • Internet Safety & Privacy
      • Copyright
      • Relationships & Communication

      Lesson plans, videos and web resources for grades K-12.
















      9 Elements of Digital Citizens

      1.    Digital Access – expanding access should be the goal of all digital citizens

      2. Digital Commerce – understanding how to become effective consumers in a digital economy

      3. Digital Communication – making appropriate decisions when faced with different communication options

      4.    Digital Literacy – teaching how to learn anytime, anyplace, anywhere

      5. Digital Etiquette – following electronic standards, rules and procedures for responsible conduct

      6.  Digital Law – understanding the consequences of hacking, downloading illegal music, plagiarizing, creating destructive worms, viruses, spam, or stealing an identity or property

      7.  Digital Rights and responsibility – using technology appropriately and understanding basic digital rights

      8.  Digital Health and Wellness - Protecting eyes, hands, and safe ergonomic practices to maintain physical and psychological well-being

      9. Digital Security – Protecting digital information and maintaining computers from outside forces with virus protection, backups and other forms of computer maintenance


      Lesson Ideas

      1. Integrate digital literacy activities when planning lessons

      2. Create a PSA on copyright

      3. Challenge students to change the digital world using digital bytes

      4. Teach strategies to guard students against identity theft and scams

      5. Watch videos and discuss appropriate digital behavior 

      6.  Collaborate with teachers school-wide to teach students how to become responsible digital citizens

      7.  Use digital citizenship scenario cards to promote critical thinking and digital safety

      Your Challenge

      October 19-25 is digital citizenship week; the perfect time to learn the Webonauts Internet Academy motto and earn your Webonauts Internet Academy badge and diploma.  Click here to begin.  Upon completion, create a thread and upload a copy of your diploma and share how the motto “observe, respect and contribute” is used to facilitate the teaching of digital citizenship in your classroom.  Which of the 9 elements of digital citizenship listed above do you implement the least in your classroom? Which of the 9 elements do you do an exceptional job teaching?  Provide an overview of your activity.