Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship

This post is the follow-up to my previous post on the importance of teaching digital citizenship.

I have spent the past few years teaching Digital Citizenship to students in elementary grades. When I first started, I absolutely had no idea where to begin. I was fortunate to learn about Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport Digital Citizenship curriculum. The program includes many educator materials, resources, interactive games for students, and it’s FREE. This past year, Common Sense Media released a Digital Citizenship curriculum for students in middle school entitled Digital Compass. I’d highly recommend you checking out these resources if you have not done so already.

How do we teach Digital Citizenship?

We do this in the following three ways:

  • We DISCUSS the concepts and importance of Digital Citizenship with them.
  • We MODEL proper use of digital tools – even to our youngest learners.
  • We PROVIDE our students with the necessary tools and experience so they receive practice in performing good Digital Citizenship skills.

K-8 Technology Curriculum Scope: Digital Citizenship

The information below serves as a guide to teaching students about Digital Citizenship and its importance. This was developed by Mary Beth Hertz. You can find the original document here. I have found this resource very useful in teaching students various Technology Skills.

  • Kindergarten: What information is safe/not safe to share online?
  • First Grade: What information is safe/not safe to share online? How do people use online tools safely to communicate?
  • Second Grade: How do people use technology communicate responsibly?
  • Third Grade: How do people use online information responsibly?
  • Fourth Grade: How do people use online information responsibly and respectfully?
  • Fifth Grade: How do people use technology responsibly?
  • Sixth Grade: How do people use technology responsibly for research and communication
  • Seventh Grade: How do people use technology responsibly for research, communication and collaboration?
  • Eighth Grade: How do people use technology responsibly for research, communication and collaboration?

Great Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship

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About Rebecca Penina Simon

Rebecca Penina Simon hails from Memphis, TN. Formerly an elementary school classroom teacher, she moved to New York in 2013 to become the Director of Educational Technology and Innovation at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens. Rebecca is a SMART Exemplary Educator, a SMART Certified Trainer in Notebook and Response, a SMART amp Champ, and a SMART Certified Lesson Developer. In addition, she is a Certified Educator in Google Apps for Education. Rebecca coaches teachers in Educational Technology Integration and teaches students technology skills to extend student learning. Rebecca is a regular contributor to the SMART Exemplary Educator community to support other SMART users. You can find Rebecca regularly on Twitter @edtechmorah and on her blog Climbing the Ladder of Educational Technology.

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