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Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom
As elementary level teachers, we are charged not just with teaching academics, but teaching social skills as well. "Ignore bullies and tell an adult if you feel threatened," "Don't talk to strangers," "Treat people the way you want to be treated." You're probably familiar with phrases similar to these if you teach the younger grades. Young children are still learning the norms of social behavior and how to handle strangers. However, when was the last time you talked to your students about how to use good manners when leaving a comment on a blog post? These are the new social skills for our students. While we shouldn't stop teaching children how to say "please" and "thank you," and bullies still exist in the face-to-face world, it is vital that we treat online safety and digital citizenship with the same amount of seriousness and attention. Each year I spend at least a month reviewing digital citizenship and internet safety with all my classes. Lesson Resources Online Learning Tools

Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it's the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from "netiquette" to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. But while there is much talk about the importance of teaching digital citizenship in this information society, not many are sure what that really looks like. Video Playlist: Teaching Digital Citizenship Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. What is Digital Citizenship? More Resources for Learning About Digital Citizenship While we haven't solved the problem of finding time in the schedule to teach these essential topics, there is a wealth of great free resources to be found -- many of them aligned to standards, either the Common Core ELA standards, or ISTE's NETS, or both.

A Treasure Trove of Digital Citizenship Resources for Teachers Via Educational Technology and Mobile Learning There is a special section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have aggregated a plethora of resources that teachers can use with their students to teach them about digital citizenship. And today I come across these wonderful resources compiled by Taryn Degnan from Common Sense Media. I thought about tweeting the link without having to share it here but I know thousands of email and RSS Feed subscribers would miss it. Below is a round-up of all the links Taryn featured in her post. Enjoy! You can also check this great page from Tech Learning that features of 20 essential resources on digital citizenship. This article originally appeared on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, a website operated by a group of dedicated Canadian teachers.

5 Excellent Videos to Teach Your Students about Digital Citizenship Edutopia is one of my favourite educational web resources . Today while I was checking its Five Minute Film Festival page I came across a link that took me to their YouTube channel where I found a treasure trove of interesting videos on digital citizenship and because digital citizenship is one of the important themes in this blog, I decided to handpick some of the clips that grabbed my attention and share them with you below , you can also check the entire list here. But before that, let me share with you this concise and to-the-point definition that Amy gave to digital citizenship : "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. 1- What is Digital Citizenship 2- Digital Dossier 3- YouTube Digital Citizenship Curriculum 4- Invasions of the data snatchers 5- Netiquette: playing nice online

Nine Elements Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Respect, Educate and Protect (REPs) These elements have also been organized under the principles of respect, educate and protect. Respect Your Self/Respect Others - Etiquette - Access - Law Educate Your Self/Connect with Others - Literacy - Communication - Commerce Protect Your Self/Protect Others -Rights and Responsibility - Safety (Security) - Health and Welfare If this was to be taught beginning at the kindergarten level it would follow this pattern: Repetition 1 (kindergarten to second grade) Respect Your Self/Respect Others Digital Etiquette Educate Your Self/Connect with OthersDigital Literacy Protect Your Self/Protect Others Digital Rights and Responsibility Repetition 2 (third to fifth grade) Respect Your Self/Respect Others Digital Access Educate Your Self/Connect with OthersDigital Communication

How Can we Embed Digital Literacy in the Classroom? - Purposeful Technology-Constructing Meaning in 21st Century Schools For easy reference, here are technology related standards by grade level. Please see the link above to view/reference both the literacy and mathematics Common Core Standards in their entirety on the CCCS's website.College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading (K-5):Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: 7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. (Please see “Research to Build and Present Knowledge” in Writing and “Comprehension and Collaboration” in Speaking and Listening for additional standards relevant to gathering, assessing, and applying information from print and digital sources.)Production and Distribution of Writing(K-5): These objectives are very similar, but each one builds on previous exposure and knowledge.

Digital citizenship / Teaching Netsafe – Learn Guide Protect The myLGP website supports the Learn Guide Protect Framework . The site promotes a student-centred approach to teaching and learning about cybersafety and digital citizenship across the curriculum. Developed by NetSafe, in collaboration with New Zealand teachers. NetSafe kit for schools A comprehensive programme of cybersafety for schools based upon infrastructure of policies, procedures and use agreements, an effective electronic security system, and a comprehensive cybersafety education programme. Netsafe – Staying safe online A quick guide with advice, tips and how-to guides for social media, online shopping, safe search and more. NetSafe – Learn Guide ProtectSean Lyons, Chief Technology Officer from NetSafe, explains the Learn Guide Protect (LGP) website. Digital citizenship and cybersafetySean discusses NetSafe's definition of digital citizenship and how it fits into the National Curriculum.

Cyber_Digital_Citizenship Units, Rich Topics and Themed Learning - Pupils, teachers, inquiry, questions and projects A theme looking at our online life and who we are in relationship and connection with others. The "Cyber-Digital-Citizenship" Theme can range into a lot of different curriculum areas with a focus on the key competencies of self-management.Cyber-Digital-Citizenship Activities: Cyber-Citizenship offline Activities - cards to practice being Cyber Safe and to spot scams (PDF 4MB).Cyber-Digital-Citizenship Online Bookmarks: Series of screened "Cyber-Citizenship" links from the Internet. Links covering and range of information, integrated unit plans and other sub-topics within this theme. Star rating or *** or **** and rarely ***** are either the newer or better sites. Cyber-Digital-Citizenship Unit Online Google Doc ICT Integrated unit This is a unit being developed for our cyber-citizenship programme. Also has a range of other integrated units, activities and lesson plans.Cyber-Digital-Citizenship Banner Check out our banner for this topic. Cyber-citizen Poster form available Comment Making

Faux Paw the Techno Cat As a caring educator, you can equip your students to be ahead of the curve and understand early on the intricacies of new media and cybersafety. Students spend half of their waking hours connected to digital devices—impacting their reputations, learning opportunities, and futures. Faux Paw the Websurfing Techno Cat series has been created by a team of leading child psychologists, educators, and law enforcement. This engaging curriculum—complete with books, animated DVDs, and lesson plans—will captivate the attention of your students and teach them how to appropriately conduct themselves online and in the digital space. Faux Paw’s Dangerous Download Music piracy causes severe economic losses every year around the world. Downloads Faux Paw Goes to the Games: Balancing Real Life with Screen Time Spending excessive time with media robs students of real world experiences and may result in lower grades. Faux Paw Meets the First Lady: How to Handle Cyberbullying Faux Paw Adventures in the Internet

Digital Citizenship Week: 6 Resources for Educators Considering how ubiquitous smartphones and tablets have become, especially in high school and middle school, questions about managing use and educating students about digital etiquette are on a lot of educators' minds. This October, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship Week from October 16 to October 22. And we wanted to pull together some of the best resources to help educators talk about digital responsibility and safety online. Here, you'll find resources that cover today's digital landscape, ideas for student activities, and strategies for engaging parents. Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for K-12: Common Sense Media’s interactive curriculum offers something for every grade level. More Resources From Edutopia

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