Digital Citizenship and Fourth Grade Students

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.

Students listing all types of communities.

Students listing all types of communities.

Communities identified by one small group of 4th graders

Communities identified by one small group of 4th graders

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.  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

IMG_0828 V2 IMG_0831 V2 IMG_0833 V2 Responses to the videos                                                                  IMG_0834 V2 I called up each student and asked them to give me one word or phrase summarizing the 2 videos.  I typed them into 2 word cloud generators.

Word clouds created as a result of student reflection.  I used Wordle and Tagxedo.

word cloud generated        Jacksonwordle 2        











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  1. Thanks for sharing this lesson. I will be developing and delivering weekly 25-minute lessons for K-6 on topics such as digital citizenship, information literacy, website reliability, plagiarism, citations, and more. I am also a fan of Common Sense Media, and I look forward to reading more about your lessons.

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