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Digital Citizenship

You can’t talk about digital citizenship without talking about Common Sense Media. They have a website for parents, educators, and advocates.

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CSM has plenty or resources for the classroom including lessons, videos, and games. And best of all,  you can choose the appropriateness level by age group. I use the Digital Passport resources because they are geared for grades 3-5. Once a week, I play a short video from their library. Topics include oversharing online, thinking before posting, being a super digital citizen, and leaving a digital footprint.

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Throughout the year, we do several research projects in my class, and also our weekly Genius Hour (see previous posts). I always ask the kids to cite their sources. Most fourth graders will write: http://www.google.com and http://www.wikipedia.com. I use this analogy with my class: Saying you got your information from Google is the same as me saying I got my information from the library. Where in the library? What section? What book or magazine? I need more information than just “google” including a direct url. Common sense media has a lesson on citing sources designed specifically for grades 3-5. I do not ask nine-year-olds to use MLA format, but listing their sources at the end of their projects is age appropriate.

This is also a great time to bring up copyright and plagiarism. This cute PowToon video was created by Rocky Creek Elementary but is a great introduction to the topic.

 

Finally, common sense media has a page devoted to setting up your digital classroom including management strategies and apps/websites to use.

 

 

 

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