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10 Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom, Part 3

10 Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom, Part 3

Welcome to the third article in a series devoted to facilitating proper student internet interaction in the classroom. This classroom might be 1 to 1 or might be using technology to leverage student centered learning. In this post I would like to explore resources that are available for facilitating proper digital citizenship in the classroom.

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In the last two posts I have been providing ideas and reflection regarding the use of the internet in the classroom. You can explore these posts in the links that follow this paragraph. With the opening of classroom walls allowing for virtual journeys on the worldwide web comes the need to provide classroom educators and students with resources regarding proper learning and citizenship on the internet. I believe this is essential to the success of any e-learning, blended learning, and on-line learning program. It is important that educators teach and model proper digital citizenship. It is equally important that the school curriculum has digital citizenship standards embedded in the curriculum. Many of the free resources listed below provide some wonderful possibilities for educators committed to the amazing learning opportunities the internet provides. Please note that the first four areas to explore come from Common Sense Media, an amazing education resource site! Enjoy exploring and sharing all of the resources, and come back for the next post providing even more! Also, feel free to explore the past two posts of this series in the immediate links below.

The Ten Resources

Common Sense Media Student Video Library
The Common Sense Media Student Video Library has more than 20 videos that are each 2-4 minutes long. Use them in conjunction with their corresponding lesson plans, or use them to jump start a conversation with your students

Digital Citizenship Classroom Posters
Download these from Common Sense Media colorful POSTERS to remind your students about digital citizenship and device care and maintenance. These posters could be the perfect addition to any classroom.

Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence
Use Common Sense Media’s Scope & Sequence tool to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curricular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. You can download a PDF of the Scope and Sequence (english) (en español).

Free Cyber-bullying Tool Kits For all levels of teachers
Click link for what you might need: Elementary…Middle School…High School
Every day, you see how Cyber-bullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school’s culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world? Common Sense Media has created these free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against Cyber-bullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right.

PBS Webonauts Academy
Webonauts Internet Academy is a web original game for PBS KIDS GO! that gives kids 8- to 10-year-old an opportunity to have some fun while exploring what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused‚ information-rich world. It is an engaging experience on its own but becomes all the more powerful when parents and teachers use game play as a springboard for conversations about media literacy and citizenship in the 21st Century.

Netsmartz Teens was created through a partnership between Sprint® and the Internet safety experts at NetSmartz® Workshop, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. Through animated videos, short films, games, and interactive comics, NSTeens teaches tweens and teens about making safer choices online. Teaching materials are available for intermediate, middle school, and high school educators so they can bring these engaging lessons right into the classroom. All resources on are available free of charge. Check out the how to use page….

Netzsmarts Workshop
Check out the workshop page where you will find material for different groups. NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, and educators. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Here you will find a goldmine of wonderful resources with some great suggestions for working with kids of all ages. Examples:

Digital Education Revolution
This Australian Website asks the question, Do you use the internet to share information about yourself or others, communicate with friends, comment on what you see online, play games, get material for an assignment or buy stuff online? If you answered YES to any of these, you are a digital citizen. Why is digital citizenship important? Do you want to get the best out of using the internet and keep yourself and others safe and healthy in an online world? Use these materials to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen

Media Education Lab
The Media Education Lab from the University of Rhode Island is one of the leading providers of multimedia curriculum resources for K-12 media literacy education. Take advantage of our extensive collection of free resources. You will be amazed at tall of the digital and media education possibilities.

Thanks for joining me on this wonderful journey of 21st century digital citizenship resources and be ready for ten more resources next. Join me in future weeks as together we continue to explore several more posts devoted to the Flipped Classrooms, Project Based Learning, Assessing 21st century skills, technology integration, web resources, and digital literacy. I enjoy learning from all of you. Also remember to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and follow me on twitter at mjgormans. I also appreciate your sharing of this post and any retweets. Keep up the amazing work, have a great week, and enjoy the resources! – Mike Gorman

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Michael Gorman oversees one-to-one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning and is on the National Faculty for The Buck Institute for Education. His awards include district Teacher of the Year, Indiana STEM Educator of the Year and Microsoft’s 365 Global Education Hero. Read more at