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  • Avoiding risky situations
  • Thinking before self-revealing
  • Protecting privacy
  • Cultivating a positive digital footprint
  • Communicating respectfully
  • Building community
  • Searching effectively
  • Evaluating website credibility
  • Respecting copyright and avoiding plagiarism

A digital citizen knows how to harness the power

of technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly.

The need for digital citizenship

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Districts would call me and ask me to provide resources to meet their E-rate needs or preparation for their 1:1 rollout. I would share all of these great resources

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But when they ‘d ask their teachers to use the resources, often the teachers felt overwhelmed

Or really overwhelmed

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If you don’t connect these resources to your vision and tell your teachers why this is important, it feels like one more thing to do.

What skills and characteristics do you want your students to possess when they walk out of your doors?

no buzz words

I’m going to ask you WHY

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why do you have technology in the first place? how does it support what you want for your students? Hard skills.

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culture is what allows your vision to happen. It’s the soft skills your kids are taught and cultivated.

Wiggins, G.P., & McTighte, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

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example of a district, their vision, purpose for tech, and the skills necessary for success.

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WHO definition of health:

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hope is not a stragegy

If you’re incorporating technology into the vision you have for your students, think about the soft skills and characteristics you want your students to possess to do it well.

Lesson Example: Identifying High-Quality Sites

I can give you 50 reasons why you should teach digital citizenship and how your culture will drive a student body to be creative, critical thinkers, your environment will be kinder, safer, and will be the kind of place you want to learn.

Digital Bytes

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Become a Certified School

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Consider why you are here as an educator, what is your purpose and how do these tools fit in with your purpose.

With any tools you bring, including digital citizenship, keep the end in mind.

So if you are at a district, school or classroom and you call me up to ask how you can incorporate digital citizenship into your teachings. I’m going to ask you, in the nicest way possible,

Contact info:

Sue Thotz

LA Education Program Manager

312-307-0819

sthotz@commonsense.org

@CommonSenseEdu

@SueThotz

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