EDTC: Digital Citizenship

This week in our EDTC class we focused on Digital Citizenship. As an educator and mother of 3 I am especially interested in this area and how to model and teach it to my students and children. My 3rd grade students are at an age where they may be able to explore the internet freely at home, but in class is it still a very directed activity. I do not allow them to do open searches or navigate freely to websites. Many times they have questions about this and don’t understand why they can at home and not at school. I have struggled to explain this in the past, but this week’s class has really helped me to see that I am to be modeling and teaching the highest standards to them in all academic areas including technology. As with all that we teach it is with the understanding that they will take that knowledge and apply it to the next year of school and beyond, building on and expanding their learning. Then into life as we hope that they will continue to learn and apply that knowledge outside the classroom.

The ISTE NETt #4 states –

Promote and Model Digital Citizenship  and Responsibility Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in  their professional practices. a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers

I see in this standard that digital citizenship is something that needs to be modeled by myself and the other adults around them, but it is also a topic that as a teacher I  need to be explicitly teaching. Many times when we think of digital citizenship I believe we focus on social media and the dangers surrounding that for our children, but there are many other aspects which we can begin to teach that will lay the foundation for the future conversations regarding social media. I plan to focus on part A of the standard with my students this year, while modeling and/or discussing the other areas when appropriate.

ISTE NETS 5 for students states – Digital Citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior: a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for  lifelong learning d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students

In my focus on  teaching my students  about copyright and intellectual property they will be reaching standard 5. To structure their learning, I plan to use the site we researched in class, Common Sense Media.


I will teach  what copyright and intellectual property is and why it is important to my students. We will then put into practice this information during our cultural project where the kids are researching and using different resources. At that time I will teach them how to cite information using Easybib or another citation generator so they can put what we have learned into practice.

Finally, I will be a good model of this information by citing and pointing out my citations to my students using discussion to guide their learning and understanding of the why’s and how’s around copyright and proper citing of another person’s work.

Some related information I found was that digital citizenship week is coming up in October. I am going to use that week to launch this teaching to my students and do more research using these related articles. I would also like to bring this site, Common Sense Media, to my staff for their review. I believe that the 3-5 graders should all be getting this information. Of the 5 lessons on DC on the site, I will focus on one at 3rd grade. Two more lessons would be appropriate at 4th, and finally the last two would good for 5th. This would be an easy way to teach this to our intermediate students and bring consistency to the instruction they receive.


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