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Special Broadcast: Digital Citizenship Resources

Teaching Digital Citizenship to our Students

Each homeroom teacher is required to teach a minimum of 3 lessons during the 2015-16 school year.

This will be a topic on our agenda at our faculty meeting agenda on Tuesday (1/5/16) afternoon: Digital Citizenship.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has mandated that beginning this year each homeroom teacher (or tech teacher) must teach a minimum of three lessons from this curriculum in the 2015-2016 school year. The requirement's reasoning is two-fold: to assist our students in an age of technology, social media, etc. as well as to comply with eRate guidelines.

I do apply and receive eRate money for the school, so it is very important we are in compliance. This funding allows schools to apply with assistance for items such as internet connectivity and phone service. I have applied for eRate money yearly since it's inception approximately fifteen years ago.


(Below) You'll see 5 steps to this process. I've completed step 1 and will also complete steps 4 and 5 on behalf of the school.

I'll need you to complete step 2 which consists of watching a 21 minute webinar and

to complete step 3 which consists of watching another webinar which is training for this program (approx. an hour).

Again, you'll only need to complete steps 2 and 3 as well as teach a minimum of three lessons.

I've also included a link to resources and the lesson plans on the portal.

I'm requesting the lessons be taught before April 29th. That's how I will address the implementation plan.

I want to thank you in advance for your assistance in guiding our students in becoming good digital citizens. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to assist you.

Information from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

The following is taken directly from the email I received from the Archdiocese on December 30, 2015. I received information about the survey before break and completed it immediately. You'll note St. Ann School is on the good list!

  1. Common Sense Digital Citizenship School Certification

All schools must have homeroom or tech teachers teach 3 lessons per grade by the end of the 2015/16 year.

Thank you to these schools who have filled out the survey:

St. Joseph : Libertyville

St Hubert*

St. Pius V School

St. Walter School

Saint Clement School

St Agnes of Bohemia

St. Christina*

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School*

St. Catherine Laboure

St. Walter

Queen of the Rosary*

Saint Gilbert School

Northside Catholic Academy

St. Bede*

Queen of Martyrs



Infant Jesus of Prague*

St. Josaphat

St. Eugene

Immaculate Conception

St. Alphonsus - St. Patrick

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Florian

St. Raymond


St. Leonard

Prince of Peace

Our Lady of Humility School

Saint Benedict Preparatory School

St. Michael School*

St. Zachary

St. Cletus*

St. Ann - Lansing

St. Alexander

St. William

St. Luke

St. Mary of the Lake & St. Thomas of Canterbury Schools

Academy of St. Benedict the African

Most Holy Redeemer

*Turned in Implementation Plan


  1. Fill out survey for anticipated finish date: http://goo.gl/forms/jyUIU8mni8

  2. Watch the webinar for more information: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1113978273247884802

  3. Online Curriculum Training: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/training

  4. Complete and email the Implementation Plan: https://d2e111jq13me73.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/uploads/landing_pages/digcit-certified-school-implementation-plan.pdf

  5. Complete and email DigitCit Teacher Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XzxP6bK_CIIcPFhvvi890lmkt2Ta3pIoglw988_BPIw/edit#gid=314659848&vpid=A1

Email to: tallen@archchicago.org

Resources and lesson plans can be found on the portal: http://ocs.archchicago.org/CurriculumPrograms/Technology/CommonSenseMediaDigitalCitizenship.aspx

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