How Do We Teach Digital Citizenship?

Technology standards must be met in my school district in order to graduate. Obtaining resources to help myself, parents, and others teach digital citizenship is part of my job! I usually recommend programs that teach typing position, WPM, or microsoft office. To add these resources to my list to share to parents will benefit me in the future, especially when a parent feels lost on meeting technology standards throughout the years. If you find something that isn’t listed here that you think would be a great parent resource, please pass it along! I would like to compare different resources provided for different ages, and activities that was suggested by grade.

The first one I found that I liked was a website that breaks down ideas to teach digital citizenship by age groups. It includes Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, middle school, and then all grades. It is located on the Teachhub website.

https://www.teachhub.com/how-teach-digital-citizenship

It gives suggestions on what to teach for what age group, and provides different resources to help with those lessons.

A sample:

A resource I found that I really like is this Digital Citizenship Curriculum from commonsense.org

Here is a link to the scope and sequence section. It gives an overview of what will be taught in each unit. There is a K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 options for students.

https://www.commonsense.org/education/scope-and-sequence

A sample of the overview:

I like that it breaks down the topics.

Thia curriculum breaks down lesson by lesson and provides resources like videos.

http://brownibtech.weebly.com/3rd-grade-digital-citizenship.html

By looking through all of these different curriculums, I wanted to compare what all of them said that a certain grade should know. After reviewing the materials, I don’t personally think there is one resource doing it the “right way” or a “wrong way”. Coming from the background I do, I would suggest to work with anything that the child connects with, that will be the best choice.

I created a venn diagram using the three resources above to compare what they thought a third grader would need to know. After the comparison – I will then use the level 3 technology standards of my school ditrict to see if these curriculum fall in line with what I teach or that is required of the parents to teach.

Venn Diagram:

Standards Comparison:

Standard 3.1


Practices proper care, storage, and cleaning of hardware and software.
I believe that Teachhub would be a good option to meet this standard. The practices they start in the earlier grades really focus on respect and care of technology.
3.2Exhibits ethical behavior (i.e., respect and integrity) when using hardware and software (i.e., program copying, email, etc.).I believe that the Brown IB Technology would do a great job of meeting this standard. I like the activities that this website suggestions. This website has a focus of internet precaution.
3.3Shows respect and takes proper care of computers and equipment. I believe that Teachhub would be a good option to meet this standard. The practices they start in the earlier grades really focus on respect and care of technology.
3.4Follows safety precautions associated with internet use.I believe that the Brown IB Technology would do a great job of meeting this standard.
3.5Saves work to a specific folder and retrieves the work when needed.I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.6Uses proper keyboarding position (i.e., body posture, eye level, etc.) when working on computers.I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.7Works with the teacher to access information on the internet.I believe that the Brown IB Technology would do a great job of meeting this standard. Given the assignments and assessment, it stays true to a focus of safety on the internet.
3.8Sets up email account with teacher or parent.The Commonsense talked about safe password making. That lesson would be a good intro to setting up an email.
3.9Identifies and uses appropriate software for tasks with guidance (i.e., educational software, electronic encyclopedia, MS Word, web browsers, etc.). The Teachhub talked about the different parts of a computer, so I imagine a student would be able to find the components on the computer quickly.
3.10Uses word processing application to create a document and perform simple editing (i.e., check spelling, check for punctuation, check for capitalization).I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.11Identifies basic components of a spreadsheet (i.e., cells, rows, columns, and sheets).I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.12Demonstrates awareness that computer viruses can be transmitted (i.e., through attachments, etc.).I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.13Knows how to read and respond to help/caution messages from computer.I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.14Knows how to use the tool bar (i.e., “File”, “Edit”, etc.).I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.
3.15Creates simple multimedia project/presentation using a multimedia software.I do not think that this standard would be met by solely using the mentioned curriculum. There are other options though out there that are easy to find.

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2 Comments

  1. Wow, thanks for that overview, Morgan. You showed us some great resources. I will check out that Garfield video on cyberbullying. It’s so important for us to relate to kids where they are at, and I love that materials are being formulated for all age groups.

  2. Morgan,
    I also found that while all of my sources were advocated for internet safety they ranged so widely in their approaches in implementation that they were hard to even compare. I really like your use of the Venn diagram, to compare and contrast the ideas, I with I had considered doing something similar on mine!

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