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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship program at Twin Hills

What is Digital Citizenship?
Teacher Therese LaLonde and school counselor, Hannah Goldman are collaborating to teach a digital citizenship program for all grades with the goal of fostering positive online behavior for students in the digital age. You may ask, what is digital citizenship? Digital citizenship generally refers to the behaviors, choices, and ethics a person applies when using technology. A more formal definition is presented in California's Education Code:

"An understanding of the ethical, legal, and safe use of information and technology.Respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources including the ability to differentiate between legal and illegal uses of information and sources so that students learn to apply responsible research practices. An awareness of local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture, digital etiquette, and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information."

As educators, we recognize the need to teach children about this as we see young people spending increasing amounts of time using the Internet and social media. State and federal law makers have passed legislation requiring that public schools with  Internet access provide students with a digital citizenship learning curriculum. Now that we are developing a greater understanding of what digital citizenship is, the next step is to provide age-appropriate learning activities tailored to the needs of each classroom. 

"The notion of 'digital citizenship' is so messy. All the more reason educators have to be in on these conversations with students."

- Tweet by George Couros, author of "The Innovator's Mindset"

Twin Hills Digital Citizenship Syllabus 2017/18

  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Fall Semester Digital Footprint - Trillion Dollar Footprint Which Me Should I Be? Fake vs. Real - Critical Thinking and Identifying High Quality Sites
Spring Semester Cyberbullying - Crossing the Line "Netiquette" - Copyrights, Plagiarism, Fair Use, Rights of Creators

Chart It - How to Judge the Aim and Impact of People's Words and Actions Online.

8th grade bonus class: Oops! I Broadcast It on the Internet

 

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