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On teaching digital citizens

we the digital citizens pledge poster 11x17 188x300 On teaching digital citizensThis We the Citizens Poster is just one element of the new Introduction To Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, a collaboration between Edmodo and Common Sense Media.

Though the activities are specifically designed for students interacting on the Edmodo social networking platform, lessons are easily adapted for other online communities.  The kit includes five modules designed to help teachers establish norms and expectations for online participation and collaboration K-12.

Don’t miss the wealth of additional curricular materials relating to digital citizenship  offered by Common Sense Media, especially the nine CCSS-aligned videos and lessons created in collaboration with the Teacher Channel.

They include:

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Rework, Reuse, Remix (Understanding “Fair Use” in a Digital World)

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Identifying High-Quality Websites

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And, released earlier this year, Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World, is a very current, very relevant curriculum.  The creative collaboration between Harvard’s GoodPlay Project and MIT/USC’s Project New Media Literacies–is designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments and addresses five core online citizenship themes–identity, privacy, authorship and ownership, credibility, and participation.

Also take a look at Edutopia’s recently selected Five-Minute Film Fest: Teaching Digital Citizenship, intended to offer tools to make the case that it’s critical to teach this, and then launchpad videos to seed classroom discussions once you’ve carved out that precious time.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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