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Hacking Digital Citizenship

Location: W192b

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 26, 2:45–3:45 pm
Location: W192b

Kara McFarlin   Michelle Thorne  
With the internet and technology resources immediately at our fingertips, delivering the message of digital citizenship to our students is more important than ever! Join us as we hack into digital citizenship, decoding creative activities, resources and lessons you can immediately bring back to your school!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Please bring a charged laptop or tablet to participate with activities and lesson example creations.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our goal is to expose teachers to the resources available for Digital Citizenship and assist them in building their own, so the topic isn't so intimidating, leaving them excited to begin this in the classroom.
1) Participants will identify the key elements of Digital Citizenship through an activity called the "Digital Citizenship Survival Guide," that has been blogged and created by Craig Badura.
2) Participants will participate in small group activities to model and build background knowledge on Digital Citizenship vocabulary.
3) Participants will explore digital citizenship resources available to educators through Google (Be Internet Awesome) and Common Sense Media.
4) Participants connect digital citizenship topics to grade level content as they look through example activities.
5) Participants will begin constructing their own lessons, centers or small group activities to incorporate Digital Citizenship into their own classroom.
6) Participants will share ideas within group using Padlet. Creating an idea bank that others can take and collaborate on.


1) Digital Citizenship Survival Guide by Craig Badura - participants will be presented with ziplock bags filled with toothpaste, a lock, toothbrush, and a permanent marker. Participants will discuss with small groups how this relates to digital citizenship. Using Flipgrid, groups will respond with a short video explaining the connection. (10 min)
2) Reflect on and discuss activity together with relation to the classroom (5 min)
3) Small group vocabulary centers ideas, modeling examples of classroom integration to build background on key vocabulary for today's focus. (10 min)
4) Discuss digital citizenship and what their experience has been in their classroom. Review Common Sense Media and Google Digital Citizenship lessons that are now available for classroom use. (10 min)
5) Lesson Construction Inspiration - Using an outline provided, participants will begin constructing a lesson/activity they can bring back to their classroom. They are encouraged to work with others, but can work independently. (15 min)
7) Exit ticket - participants will use Padlet during their lesson construction to brainstorm ideas and share with our group. This will help curate an idea bank that will remain open for ideas and sharing of activities. (5 min)

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Kara McFarlin, Orland School District 135

I love the way that technology has transformed education in my 20 years of teaching and training. My vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional technology coach. I enjoys collaborating with colleagues and learning new things. I look forward to sharing ideas and connecting with people during the conference. (@mrstechfarlin to connect on Twitter)

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Michelle Thorne,

I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation and also have experience as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in 1:1 classrooms. I am proud to be an Apple Learning Specialist, Apple Teacher for 2016 and a Google Certified Educator Level 2.

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