Teaching Digital Citizenship

As we are moving more curriculum onto the digital platform (and similarly asking students to interact with digital content more frequently), I think it’s increasingly important to model for students how to integrate technology into their daily habits. I’ve been thinking more and more about digital citizenship, which is essentially helping students understand the implications of their digital footprint.

digital footprint

Technically, there are nine facets of digital citizenship. I truly think these lessons should be integrated across content areas because they are relevant in every subject that relies on any type of technological supplement.

I think it’s equally important to offer digital citizenship lessons online. I post all my digital citizenship lessons on a Google Site that I’ve made for my class. I facilitate student interaction by using ad-ons like Google Apps (forms, docs, etc.). I like to use Google Forms as Stop and Jots and for Exit Tickets. When using Google Forms, they auto-populate into an Excel-like sheet that is easy to manipulate/ edit for grading, data analysis, etc.


Here is an example of a digital citizenship lesson I prepared on digital communication. I use an article from the New York Times about colleges looking at social media posts from potential applicants to help students analyze the potential effects of their digital footprint

10-TECHNO-articleLargeMore information about digital citizenship and how to integrate technology into these lessons is provided here. 

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