Teaching Students to be Upstanding Digital Citizens
Submitted by Natalie C., one of our fabulous librarians:
Today, Thursday May, 19th from 7:30pm-8:30pm, TDSB will be hosting a Twitter chat on digital citizenship, a topic that is becoming increasingly important as students are spending more and more of their time online.
The internet can sometimes feel like the wild west — a space where educators and parents can’t always track what their students and kids are doing to make sure that they’re safe. The classroom can be an important space to discuss internet etiquette and outline consequences for online actions.
Compared to math and language arts, digital citizenship is a relatively new subject — and it’s constantly evolving. Sharing tips and tricks with other educators can help you stay ahead of the curve. Join the conversation this Thursday to find out how your colleagues are approaching digital citizenship. In the meantime, we’ve compiled some resources that might be useful:
- Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy: This excellent website features resources that reflect provincial curriculum related to digital literacy and includes games, educator guides, lesson plans, and tip sheets.
- Ontario Educational Resource Bank: This multidisciplinary resource bank contains some useful lesson plans related to digital citizenship for a range of subjects and grade levels. To find them, search for digital literacy. See your teacher librarian for a Learnmark with the password required to log in to OERB.
- OSAPAC Digital Citizenship: OSAPAC has compiled curriculum-driven resources for elementary and secondary grades related to four digital citizenship learning objectives: critical thinking; creation & credit; presence & communication; and health & protection.
- Cybershaming: Retribution in the Virtual World: This educator guide produced by CBC Curio’s News in Review includes questions to guide student viewing of several Curio videos that promote digital citizenship. See your teacher librarian for a Learnmark with the password required to log in to Curio from outside TDSB.
- #digcit on Twitter: Follow #digcit on Twitter for the latest news and resources on digital citizenship.
Reading from the Professional Library
- Barnes, M. (2015). 5 skills for the global learner: What everyone needs to navigate the digital world. Thousand Oaks: CA: Corwin.
- Bearden, S. (2016). Digital citizenship. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Guerry, R. (2014). Creating a mindset that our digital actions are public and permanent. Chapin, SC: Youthlight.
- Lindeen, M. (2016). Digital safety smarts: Preventing cyberbullying. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner.
- Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools: Nine elements all students should know. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.
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Natalie, Reference Librarian