4 Tools for Teachers and Digital Citizenship

Digital literacy or digital citizenship has become a hot-button issue in education today; however, how do you teach the fundamentals of digital citizenship to students? Many educators are confused on what to teach and how to teach it.

I believe that effective digital citizenship training for students begins with effective digital citizenship training for adults. How are we supposed to teach our students if we don't understand the fundamentals ourselves? A formal digital citizenship curriculum is nice, but teachable moments are even more effective. If you have a sound understanding of digital citizenship, you are more able to address student needs when the time comes. Here are four resources to help you get started!

1. Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an excellent resource with a formal digital citizenship curriculum. Educators can use lesson plans and resources from the site, view interactive materials, or check out the latest issues in digital citizenship through the site's blog.

2. Digital Citizenship.Net

I just came across this website the other day. I found the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship and the to Jason Ohler’s REP’s Model be a great resource for understanding how each aspect of digital citizenship relates to one another.

3. Vicki Davis' Location Safety Guide

Are you setting your home up to be robbed? Vicki Davis explains how to protect yourself when using photos and social media. I learned so many important lessons from this guide!

4. Google's Training Center

Google Education's Training Center now has a Digital Citizenship course that educators can go through. It is a self-paced course filled with valuable resources and materials for getting a better understanding of how to survive in a digital world.

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