I currently teach 2nd grade. I feel it is important to start teaching digital citizenship to students at a young age. There were a lot of lessons on Common Sense Media that start as early as Kindergarten (and maybe even preschool). It might start out very juvenile and simple to us, but each lesson builds a healthy digital citizen. In an article by Vicki Davis, she mentions that she wants her students to know the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship. I would have to agree with her on these . They are: 1. Passwords, 2. Private information, 3. Personal Information, 4. Photographs, 5. Property, 6. Permission, 7. Protection, 8. Professionalism, and 9. Personal brand. Even though I would not teach all of these in my second grade classroom, I could start by picking some that my students would benefit from.
I know my students pretty well by now and I know my students really enjoy playing games online. Sometimes they do not even realize they are learning by playing these games. So one way I would teach digital citizenship would be to use Google's "Be Internet Awesome." After playing around a bit on it. I really like that the students could use the games to help them learn about digital citizenship. I would also use the lesson plans that they have created on there. Another way I would make it personal for my students is to use Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. I have used a couple of the videos on that website that talk about digital citizenship. My students really love Brain Pop videos and the activities can be used with them also. Lastly, I would like to see what parents think I should teach students when it comes to the internet. I think since they will be using the internet mostly at home, they should give me feedback on what they think is important to teach their children. I could send home a survey asking them for input on the digital lessons and also give them resources. It think it is important to have these lessons continue at home so getting the parents involved is important to me.
This week I really enjoyed Common Sense Media and Google's Be Internet Awesome. I can not wait to try some of these lessons within my own classroom.
2/3/2018 07:18:30 pm
It is so interesting to read your blog and learn about how you could teach digital citizenship to your second graders. I think why it is so striking to me is because I am coming from a place where I am always thinking about how my older students use apps and games to communicate with each other. I think teaching our students to make good choices about how they treat their digital footprint is one of those things that should be taught from the moment they begin using any type of technology. I imagine for you, the change in mindset would be interesting as well.
2/4/2018 09:31:54 am
I agree I think it is so important to teach those keys P in digital citizenship. I don't know if you are having the same struggles as I am with teaching students the importance of keeping information private as I am. My 3rd graders are having a difficult time making the connection to how their digital footprint can affect them. To them it seems so far in the future that they think they need to think about these sort of things. Just like your students mine enjoy playing games online as well. I am hoping exposing them to these digital citizenship games with help plant the seed on safe online practices.
2/4/2018 09:39:45 am
I agree with you about the source of lesson plans on Common Sense Media and uisng Brain Pop Jr. I like Brain Pop Jr. with not only the videos, but it offer games and assessment tools. I pulled my lesson from Common Sense Media and noticed that there are Family Resources to be used for sending home and informing parents. This might be a premade source for you.
2/4/2018 10:27:02 am
Thank you for pointing out the Brain Pop resources and Vicki Davis's post about the 9 P's of digital citizenship. I really should include those in the iCARE as well. Do you think the 9 P's are an easier way for kids to grasp digital citizenship than ISTE's 9 standards that we discussed in class? Do you think the Brain Pop videos are more accessible to your students than the Common Sense Media ones?
Mayra Cindy De la Torre
2/4/2018 10:42:46 am
I really liked the idea of using Google's Be Internet Awesome, especially for the younger kids. 2-4 graders would really love the games and most importantly can learn about digital citizenship. Including the parents is such a great idea this way parents are involved and can input what they think is most important.
2/4/2018 05:33:52 pm
I too am looking forward to trying some of the digital lessons this next week. We have so much testing required between writing task writing, STAR test, SBAC training, this is going to be a welcome change for my kidos. I am so pleased that they have added the gaming aspect. Also the spring weather is causing my students to really need some behavior reminders. I would love to hear about how you implement the lessons.
2/6/2018 07:32:24 pm
I really liked what you said about starting teaching students digital citizenship at a young age. I was thinking that these kids have a unique opportunity to have digital citizenship be as second nature to them as "normal" citizenship is to us. We really are in this crucial time period where new norms are being created and we, as teachers, can't fall back on the way its always been done. That being said the more accessible and fun we can make these types of lessons for little ones, the better! That way they will always associate making positive digital citizenship choices as fun!
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