Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Digital Citizenship: Happy Digital Citizenship Week!

Many of you may not know, but this week is Digital Citizenship week.  A week highlighted on the calendar to promote the increasingly important topic of Digital Citizenship with our students.  Digital Citizenship can no longer be a topic taught solely in the computer lab by a keyboarding teacher.  As students live and share more of their lives online, Digital Citizenship and creating a positive Digital Footprint becomes an imperative topic of discussion.  As you can probably tell, this is a topic I am very passionate about.  In that vein, I will be sharing some wonderful resources with you all this week on Digital Citizenship.  Many of these resources will come from one of my favorite resources, Common Sense Media.

Today's resource is a wonderful self guided curriculum for third through fifth graders called Digital Passport.
Here is a screen-shot of the site:


Summary of Tool: This program provides five engaging lessons to hep students become better digital citizens.  Each lesson includes a video and an online interactive game.  Students are also able to complete "Missions" in which they are asked to use their newly acquired knowledge in order to earn badges in their Digital Passport.  The topic covered include:

  • Cell Phone Use and Multitasking
  • Privacy
  • Cyberbullying
  • Search
  • Crediting Resources
Cost: Free

Age Group: 3rd - 5th Grade

Benefits for teachers: Students can use their computer lab time to learn engaging critical life skills.  Requires little planning/set up on the teachers part.  Provides tip sheets to send home to parents.  Helps students learn important computer skills highlighted in the Common Core State Standards.