Digital Citizenship Week

@ Southwest Schools

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Digital Citizenship Week is October 18 - 24, 2015. We are asking that at some point during this week, you touch on it with your students to expose them to what it means to have digital citizenship.

Please #HaveATalk about one or more of the following areas:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Creative Credit & Copyright
  • Privacy & Security
  • Self Image & Identity
  • Relationships & Communications
  • Information Literacy
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
  • Internet Safety

Common Sense Media has composed a document outlying these areas detailing What To Know, Why Teach It and Key Vocabulary for each area. You can find that document at this web address:

**Be sure to check out the app store for all of the curriculum from Common Sense. You can get it for free using iBooks. Search Common Sense Education.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship

What if I need to know more in order to teach my students?

NetSmartz Workshop has a free online education training program to teach about digital citizenship. There is a certificate at the end which may be used for professional development hours. This online training is self-paced which means you can work at your own pace and start and stop as you please. Please note that there is a quiz at the end of each section. You will need to complete all sections and pass all quizzes to receive your certificate and obtain pd hours.

To the right is a snippet of my process I started today before I took the quiz. The introduction was under 4 minutes and Digital Literacy & Ethics was just over 6. After listening to Digital Literacy & Ethics, I took the 12 question quiz. You should receive a congrats message and move on button like below to continue through the process.

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Great Ideas

Check out this detailed page from Cherokee County on things you can do during Digital Citizenship Week including lesson plans, parent tip sheets, Pinterest pins, videos and much more.

Check out these Digital Citizenship Nearpod Lessons that were created in partnership with Common Sense Media and sent to me from a representative at Nearpod. Although there are lessons for all grades, K-12, these lessons links below are catered towards middle schoolers and shared with us for free for this upcoming week. The lessons are part of a paid bundle so enjoy while you can.
Cyberbullying, Digital Life , My Media , Creators Rights.

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Digital Passport

Digital Passport is for Grades 3 -5 and teaches and test the basic of online life. Use the Web Edition for Free or check out the iPad and Android app for a small fee. DP is also available as an Edmodo App. Register here-->

Here are just some of what Digital Passport offers:

  • Web-based games and videos engage 3rd - 5th graders in independent learning
  • Modules zero in on critical skills related to digital safety, respect, and community
  • Collaborative classroom activities reinforce online lessons
  • Students earn badges toward a Digital Passport
  • Teachers get robust reports to demonstrate student success
  • Available on the web, and now also for mobile devices
  • Supports responsible use policies and E-rate
  • FREE for schools thanks to generous support from our sponsors