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Within this Digital Citizenship resource you will find everything you need to teach responsible and safe use of digital media within your classroom!
Within our increasingly digital world, where children are engaging with online material and social media from very young ages, it is crucial that digital citizenship is a key component of our teaching!
I designed this unit to target various aspects of digital citizenship in order to build a positive classroom culture that supports responsible and safe use of technology. The activities adopt a student-centred approach and encourage classroom discussions surrounding what it means to be a positive digital citizen and how students can handle various situations that may arise when using digital media.
This unit has been divided into the following sections and each section contains ready-to-go printables, activities and mini-lessons:
Please click on the 'Preview' button to see sample pages that are included in each section of this resource!
1. What is Digital Technology?
Exploring technology and how we use it; How communication patterns have changed over time; 'Daily Usage' log activity with class usage analysis; 'Interview an Expert' home activity and reflection; Technology 'Problems and Solutions'; Considering multiple perspectives using the "Six Thinking Hats"
2. What is Digital Citizenship?
Exploring how we are responsible citizens within our communities; What our responsibilities are when we use online technology; Making connections between citizenship within our communities and online activity; Creating a class pledge for responsible use of digital media
3. What is a Digital Footprint?
How information on the internet spreads quickly (class demonstration); How our digital footprint is created; What information is safe to share online; Creating an appropriate personal profile
4. Thinking Before You Act
Signing a classroom agreement demonstration; Reading the fine print; 'Think Before You Post' fact sheet; Exploring bullying and cyberbullying; QR Code video activity; Bullying card sorting activity; How to comment positively on other people's photos; Class 'Positive Photo Post' activity
5. Protecting Your Privacy
Creating safe usernames and passwords; 'What's Ok To Give Away?' sorting activity; Accepting friend requests on social media; 'What Would You Do' scenario cards
6. Don’t Believe Everything You Read!
Exploring fake videos and websites; How to assess and evaluate a website for reliability; Website evaluation quick tips fact sheet
7. Responsibly Using the Work of Others
'Fair Use' scenario cards; Plagiarism fact sheet; Templates for note taking, citing websites and writing a bibliography
8. Taking Action Project
Templates for guiding a project to teach others how to become responsible digital citizens; Includes peer reflection sheets and assessment rubric
9. Certificates and Digital Passport
Certificates for unit completion; Digital Passport template with stamps
10. Additional Resources
'Webonauts Academy' QR link activity; Useful website list
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