In a course I’m teaching this fall for in-service teachers, I majorly upgraded the course content. One of the units is focused on digital citizenship and extends the content in a previous course that focuses on literacy, safety, and ethics. So, I thought I would share 10 of the best starting resources I found on the Web for teaching about and integrating elements of digital citizenship into curricula. These resources represent the most current thinking about digital citizenship and reflect the most recent revisions.
- Digital Citizenship: Nine Elements — Brief and quick explanation of all 9 elements of digital citizenship. At the bottom is one of my favorite organizations of these 9 grouped by respect, educate, and protect. Nice overview
- “Digital Citizenship Survival Kit” by Craig Badura — Make digital citizenship concrete to teachers and students with these everyday visuals.
- “How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School” by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith — How to get started without being stressed out.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship by Edutopia
- Digital Citizenship: Scope and Sequence — See what digital citizenship might look like across different grade levels. Get a sense of what is age appropriate and how a grade band, such as Grades 6-8, might plan across their school.
- “Keeping Students Cybersafe” by Anne Mirtschin
- “Copyright 101 for Educators” by Wesley Fryer — Understandable and appropriate for teachers. I like the emphasis on being a professional and what that means.
- 5 Lesson Ideas from Hoover High School P.A.S.S. — These are 5 everyday situations that students can respond to.
- “Chapter 5: Literacy in the Information Age” in Technology to teach literacy: A resource for K-8 teachers. — Shameless, gratuitous plug here: I wrote a chapter in this textbook that looks at media literacy and information literacy, as well as safety and ethics. So, I think it’s a great place to start if you trying to get a grasp on all of the pieces. (Psst. If you would like to see a review copy of the chapter, let me know. I will see what I can do for you.)
- “Digital Citizenship” from 21 Things 4 the 21st Century Educator — This is one “thing” inside by Macomb ISD, Ingham ISD, Shiawassee RESD, REMCAM‘s teacher professional development series. This one has some great resources collected together, including ones for bullying and a digital citizenship curriculum.
Bonus! Here’s #11!
Dr. Bill Taylor, a Professor of Political Science at Oakton Community College, wrote a letter to his students regarding academic integrity. I really like this approach about integrity the student-teacher relationship. I think this also feels more personal than speaking to the students (I’m not sure why, though.). Read the letter, and feel free to share your thoughts on Viral Notebook. I would really like to see some examples of this at the K-12 level. Do you know of any that are public?
What Can You Add?
Are there other great resources or ideas for digital citizenship that you can add? I would definitely love to see and share them with my students. Add them in the comments or tweet them out (@michaelmgrant) or Google+1 them out for us.