Considering how ubiquitous smartphones have become, especially in high school and middle school, questions about managing smartphones and educating students about digital etiquette are on a lot of parents' minds.
This year, in conjunction with October’s Connected Educator Month, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship Week from October 19 through October 25. Here, educators can find ways to get connected, activities to do with students and ideas for engaging parents. Really, the week is a perfect time to discuss digital responsibility, safety, and citizenship with students, and there are plenty of valuable events and resources for educators and students to use. Here are six of my favorites:
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for K-12: Common Sense Media’s interactive curriculum offers something for every grade level. Check out the "Scope & Sequence" tool to find the perfect lesson for your classroom. Plus, you can incorporate Digital Passport activities with students in grades 3-5, and their interactive assessments and videos are super engaging, as well.
- Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum : Produced in conjunction with iKeepSafe, Google's Digital Literacy curriculum provides three lessons to help students find reliable information online, manage their reputations, and recognize scams. Additionally, check out iKeep Safe's educator resources for professional-development modules for teachers and a variety of activities to use with students.
- Search for Digital Literacy Lessons at MediaSmarts: MediaSmarts is an advocacy and education nonprofit based in Canada that seeks to provide kids with the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens. The organization features an extensive list of lessons on their website, and educators can search for activities based on grade, resource type, media type, and topic.
- Lessons for Teaching Digital Citizenship from Cable Impacts: InCtrl is a series of lessons for students in grades 4-8 designed to introduce digital-citizenship concepts to students. Topics covered include media literacy, copyright laws, and privacy. Plus, teachers can browse lessons by subject and topic. Each lesson includes materials, as well as a lesson plan.
- Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy from Digizen: Digizen is a repository of useful and engaging resources to teach students of all ages about becoming upstanding digital citizens. Produced by the U.K.-based child safety nonprofit ChildNet International, Digizen features videos, lesson plans, and games, and there are different sections for parents, students, and teachers.
- Digital Citizenship Videos from the TeachingChannel: This TeachingChannel playlist of 30 videos highlights ways classroom teachers are introducing digital-citizenship concepts to students. There are resources here for every grade, and each video provides a lesson plan, as well. TeachingChannel teamed up with Common Sense Media to produce these lessons.
More Resources from Edutopia
- 4 Ways to Tap Into Teens and Technology Leadership, by Matt Levinson (2014)
- A Starting Point for Ensuring Student Online Privacy, by Anne O'Brien (2014)
- Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup, by Ashley Cronin (Updated 2014)
- The Path to Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Marcinek (2013)
- Ideas for Digital Citizenship PBL Projects, by Andrew Miller (2013)
- Edutopia's Cyberbullying and Digital-Citizenship Resources, by Edutopia Staff (Updated 2013)
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)