The BEAPRO Digital Citizenship Toolkit from iKeepSafe is chock-full of Digital Citizenship resources that cover topics like balance, ethics, online reputation, privacy, relationships and security. You’ll find “Detailed Presenter Guidelines” to guide and help you effectively teach Digital Citizenship topics. Additionally, I love the curriculum section that is divided into 3 sections: Teacher Professional Development, Elementary School Curriculum and Middle/High School curriculum.
Microsoft offers a free collection of Digital Citizenship resources to run your very own event. With this kit you’ll be able to educate students, parents, and teachers about, “computer security, data privacy, and online safety issues, prevention, and remediation.” The 7-page “A Guide to Planning an Online Safety Event” is a must have, as it thoroughly covers all the logistics to running an effective event. Also, the posters allow you to easily enter information to make them your own!
Here you’ll find another excellent example of how a teacher, Kim Cofino, brought a Digital Citizenship event to her International School in Japan. The Digital Citizenship Week focused on the choices we make online and how they affect us in the areas of balance, responsibility, and safety. The article demonstrates how the one-week event was run and covers the schedule, student activities, and curriculum. This article is chock-full of excellent ideas!
An effective way to bring a Digital Citizenship event to your school is to review what other schools are doing. This blog is a real-world example of a month long Digital Citizenship event at a middle school/high school. Be sure and visit the “Project Details 2016” page where you’ll see how Digital Citizenship topics were allocated per grade. Also, included on the blog are examples of student created blogs, artwork, and photos from the culminating Digital Citizenship showcase.
As an educator I want my students to understand concepts like Cyber-bulling, Digital Literacy, and Staying Safe Online. When organizing a Digital Citizenship event where do you locate effective and useful resources? The group at Cyberwise does an excellent job of helping administrators, teachers and librarians discover useful resources and become an advocate of Digital Citizenship. The Cyberwise website has both free and paid Digital Citizenship courses to help get you started.