Unit Title

Who we are... here and in the cyberspace



Designed by

Sarah Browne, Jennifer Byrnes and Stéphane Vermeulin

Time Frame

5 weeks

Stage 1- Desired Results

Establish Goals

ISTE Standards:

Digital citizen:

  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
  • Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

Creative Communicator:

  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.


Learners will be able to....

What kinds of long-term independent accomplishments are desired?

  • Understand what a Digital footprint is and what impact it could have
  • Identify ways and strategies to develop a safe and positive online presence
  • Share their thinking with an audience through blogging/podcasting in a respectful way.
  • Cite their sources
  • Be safe and secure contributors to the digital world



Learners will understand that...

  • We experience changes as we grow older.
  • We are responsible to ourselves and to others.
  • Adolescents have a variety of different experiences around the world.
  • It is important for them to maintain a safe, protected, positive digital presence.
  • Everything they share online may be seen by others.
  • They should be polite and respectful to others when interacting online
  • They should respect the work of others and ask permission or cite references

Essential Questions

Learners will keep considering...

  • What changes will occur during adolescence?
  • How do you safely and efficiently use search engines?
  • How can I control my privacy settings?
  • How do I cite my websites and images?
  • What images can I use without permission?
  • How do I ask permission to use someone’s image or video?
  • What information is OK to have in your digital footprint?


Learners  will know…

  • That they may need permission to use other people’s work
  • That they need to show respect in online social situations.
  • That what you post on the Internet stays there forever.

Learners will be skilled at...

  • effectively conducting a safe Internet search
  • Contributing to build a positive online community
  • Reflecting on their own footprint
  • citing different types of online sources
  • Communicating effectively and safely online

Stage 2- Evidence


Learners will show that they understand by evidence of…

GRASPS Task written in student-friendly language:


Students will understand how to both protect and develop their digital footprint.


To be a positive and responsible prosumer


Classmates, parents, teachers, members of their PLN


Model positive digital citizenship as you create, share and reflect on your vision board.


Vision board that includes what will my digital footprint be like in 10 years time.


Learners  will show they have achieved Stage 1 goals by demonstrating their understanding through the Six Facets of Understanding...


What digital citizenship is and why it is important to be a positive digital citizen.


Compare and contrast different ways to give feedback, including expressing disagreement constructively.


Students create a vision board.

Have perspective

Students express their perception of one person based on his/her digital footprint and think about how others may perceive them.


Students share their vision board and help their peers by making constructive comments on each other.

Have self-knowledge

Students create a reflection about their own vision board.

Stage 3- Learning Plan

Time Frame

Learning Events

Progress Monitoring

Week 1

What is Digital Citizenship

Watch Super Digital Citizenship 

Class discussion: What is Digital Citizenship- Use Padlet to generate ideas before discussing

Create definition as a class

Week 1

The Power of Words

Create a language bank of positive ways to give feedback, the language of disagreeing (in a constructive way).

Week 2

Copyright and Fair use

Week 2

digital footprint Lesson

  •  Open an incognito tab.
  • Google the following people: Miss Norma, Candide Thovex, Matt Harding, Sonita Alizadeh
  • look at their digital footprint (inluding social media, blog, photos, followers, following, etc.):, …
  • What perception do you have of this person?
  • What do you see or know that makes you say that?
  • Create a poster uor infographic about your perception of the person.
  •  Give evidence from the source to support your thinking.
  • Include at least one image and one hyperlink in your poster and cite it properly.

Week 3

write a blogpost around this  question:

  • “What would you like people to see if they were googling you?”
  • Create a mindmup showing the different branches of yourself. Personal/Social/Academic/Sports/Hobbies, etc
  • Decipher  positive/negative ways to highlight yourself

(This could be linked to setting their learning goals and the learner profile.)

Week 4

Create a vision board as part of home learning that shows who you are now and where you believe you will be in 10 years time. With a written explanation.” to see what footprint do you think you will have in 10 years time

Week 5

Assignment: Share Vision boards - Comment on 2-3 classmates. You can use the language bank of positive ways to give feedback and the language of disagreeing (in a constructive way) made in week 1.

Introduce commenting rubric?

Mindful Messaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHnwpKVMeK8 

(Could also link to proofreading/grammar/punctuation in Writer’s Workshop)

Kid President: How to disagreefaf8c4a1aa37043b0434d45c322d0e38.jpg

Week 5

Create a reflection about your vision board

Students create a reflection about their vision board

Create reflection questions with the class .

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