5 Ideas for Digital Citizenship Week

Digital citizenship is quickly becoming an area of focus in classrooms both in North America and across the world. As we teach a generation of learners who have never known a world without hyper-connectivity, giving them the tools and knowledge to participate online in an ethical and safe way is vital.

As we gear up to mark digital citizenship week 2017, here are 5 ideas for your classroom:

  1. Shout It Out

Using ‘Shout it Out’ is a great way to get input from your learners.  Start the week (or unit) by asking your students how they define ‘digital citizenship’ or by asking them what it means to them. This will give you a great baseline for the week, and can help guide your lesson planning. Revisit at the end of the week to see how their responses have changed.

Another option with Shout It Out is to ask for input on appropriate online behavior or to ask for ideas on what the elements of digital citizenship are. With the answers collected, students can interact with the responses at the board, categorizing them or creating a concept map and drawing in connections.

  1. Create Digital Footprints in amp
    • FB
    • TW
    • G+
    • LI

A SMART amp collaborative workspace is a great way for students to create their own digital footprint. Students can work independently or in groups to pull social media logos, words, and other items into the workspace, and then build their footprint and draw connections. Students can easily compare their footprints, and build on ideas from their peers.

Your digital citizenship workspace can be revisited throughout the year and added to as students’ footprints change and evolve.

  1. Teach Chat and Text Etiquette with SMART amp Chat

SMART amp workspaces have a chat feature that allows students to instant message with each other. This is a great opportunity for students to put their learnings into practice as they message with their peers in a closed, safe environment.

Ensuring the communication is relevant, appropriate, and scholarly (and not in text lingo!) in this setting will help students develop good habits for communicating electronically. Accountability in the chat can come from you as a teacher, but also from the students themselves. It is easy to delete comments that may not meet criteria, which presents an opportunity to discuss how removing content from the web is not as simple.

  1. Create Your Classroom ‘Terms of use’

Creating a ‘Terms of Use’ or ‘User Agreement’ for your classroom (if you haven’t already!) not only allows students to have ownership over the space that they learn in every day, but offers a great opportunity for discussion about digital Terms of Use. What if no one ever read them? What would the web (or your classroom) be like? And wait, DO people even read those things?

  1. Build Your Own Notebook File

YouTube videos can be easily brought into SMART Notebook files and can offer a great way to engage students with the information. A quick search for the ‘9 elements of digital citizenship’ will give you a great selection of results.

Following the video, an interactive activity can help to inspire conversation and assist with comprehension. A Rank Order game listing the 9 elements is one that can work with any grade level to guide discussion and encourage critical thinking.

(Curious about how to use a YouTube video in SMART Notebook? Check out this awesome overview from one of our Student Advocates!)

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, check out SMART Exchange to find digital citizenship lessons created and uploaded by others.

Here’s to an inspiring and educational Digital Citizenship Week 2017!

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