Digital Citizenship Workshop Course
Students in Grades 6-8 will all receive one quarter of Digital Citizenship during their workshop rotation. During this course, students consider appropriate and respectful behaviors when using technology. Led by grade 6-8 social studies teachers, lessons address topics that include internet safety, maintaining personal privacy online, managing your online identity responsibly, cyber bullying, and being a critical consumer of online information. Students learn about their connections to others through the Internet, and to think critically about how they treat others given this great responsibility. Performance tasks in each grade ask students to synthesize their learning by sharing with various and appropriate audiences.
Some of the Essential Questions Students Explore:
How does citizenship change when you are on-line?
How can I safely use technology to communicate and collaborate?
How can I cultivate a positive digital tattoo/footprint on-line?
Our curriculum which spirals through the grades, is based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. Teachers use resources from Common Sense Media and iSafe and have adapted instruction to be responsive to our student needs. In grades 7 and 8, current issues in media and technology use are also discussed.
The Trillion-Dollar Footprint
Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Students then learn that they can take some control over their digital footprint based on what they post online. Students watch the video “The Digital Footprint” to learn how information online can easily get out of one’s control. They then examine the blog posts, photos, and profiles of two fictional host applicants for a TV show called “Trillion Dollar Footprint” and decide which would make a more honest host who works well with others.
What am I agreeing to?
Student learn about the terms and conditions and privacy policies of common apps and platforms that they use and consider what they are really agreeing to when they download an app. Student start with an analysis of the Apple Privacy and Terms and Conditions.
“What am I agreeing to?”
“Who is being protected?”