I will be designing instruction on digital citizenship for different grade levels as our school implements a district-wide 1:1 initiative this fall. I am currently focusing on the 4th and 5th grade students as I think they will likely be incorporating interaction online more quickly than the younger students. I have been using parts of the Common Sense Media website for ideas and I started with one of their lessons about Community.
The Tablets are coming soon! Are you ready to be a good “Digital Citizen”?
Fourth grade students began by brainstorming what communities they are a part of or communities they know about. We discussed what rights and responsibilities each community has, including what behavior was expected of members of that community.
Concept of Community Online
Then I introduced the idea of an online community and students named some digital groups such as gaming or Facebook.
Two Videos from Common Sense Media
At our second meeting I showed two videos from Common Sense Media website which covers several online behaviors. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/power-of-words The video, The Power of Words, focuses on the effect of words on others’ feelings. After viewing each video, students wrote a one sentence response on index cards. They also viewed the video about their digital footprint (and its permanence!), Follow the Digital Trail, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/follow-the-digital-trail.
Word clouds created as a result of student reflection. I used Wordle and Tagxedo.