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B.Y.O. Digital Citizenship: Hands-On Pathways to Drive Change

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Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: 115B

Gail Desler   Mike Jones   Dr. Marty Park   Dr. Mike Ribble   Dr. Kari Stubbs  
Explore the thoughts and ideas on how to prioritize digital citizenship in schools with engaging, student-focused examples and resources from BrainPOP, Common Sense Education and the Digital Driver’s License. Be prepared to think, discuss and engage with digital tools that allow kids to discover, play and create.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: https://www.brainpop.com/digitalcitizenship/
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Career and technical education, Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Educators:
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Perhaps Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE, said it best in his passionate plea to #ISTE18 attendees at the opening keynote in Chicago! “Digital citizenship, it turns out, is not a list of ‘don’ts’ but a list of ‘dos’,” Richard Culatta says. “And never has it been more important than it is now.”

What was once seen as an optional topic to “check off the list” during advisory period or during back-to-school season, Digital Citizenship is now an essential element of the fiber of a good school. The latest research by Pew Internet identify that 54% of students realize that they are spending too much time on their Smartphones. In this same research 7 in 10 parents believe that their child is distracted by their cellphones. Having an understanding of the issue is a beginning but we need to educate students early to these issues and how to address them. This is where Digital Citizenship can help.

The focus of this session looks at Digital Citizenship through the lens of instructional activities and strategies to be woven into the everyday classroom. The goal of any good educational program today is how it can be embedded into the curriculum to support the course without increasing the workload for the educator. This session goes beyond recognizing that Digital Citizenship is an important addition in the classroom, and offers strategies for seamlessly infusing it into the instructional day. Anchored on rigorous research and thought leadership from working with educators in the field and a decade worth of referenced and reinforced themes, including updated strategies of the nine elements of Digital Citizenship, this session will challenge your thinking! It will also examine opportunities within the classroom for implementation of technologies both for the student and the teacher.

Come prepared to engage at a very hands-on level too, as this BYOD session will pull in digital tools provided by BrainPOP, Common Sense Education and the Digital Driver’s License allows attendees to go from the theory of digital citizenship to a more practical reality of teaching it in the everyday classroom. The session will go beyond the discovery of digital content to empowering students to create their own digital content to show how they’ve internalized the themes and importance of digital citizenship including the opportunity to create their own movies, text- and block-based coding projects, and personalized concept maps Attendees will also leave with access to a newly released white paper on the need for digital citizenship to help students advance in the classroom.


This session intentionally includes a combination of whole and small group dialogue with ample opportunities to take advantage of the BYOD session format.

Content featured includes:
Digital Citizenship Warm Up Activity (Small Group)
Focus on the Changing Classroom - infusing digital citizenship into the curriculum.
Research from the Field - a decade worth of referenced and reinforced themes from working with educators in the field

Hands-On Part I - opportunities within the classroom for implementation of technologies using the DDL (Digital Driver's License). Students will show how they use the DDL in the classroom.

Hands-On Part II - opportunities within the classroom for implementation of technologies both for the student and the teacher including student-facing BrainPOP content and creation tools including the opportunity to create their own movies, text-and block-based coding projects, and concept maps.

Hands-On Part III - How to integrate and implement Common Sense Education into your school/district.

Wrap-up - Share Digital CItizenship Toolkit

Supporting research

McLemore, Caitlin and Passeport, Fanny (2018) Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice

SEG. (2009) A Study of the Effectiveness of BrainPOP. Retrieved on September 18, 2017 at http://www.brainpop.com/educators/community/effectiveness-study/

Digital Citizenship in Action – Kristen Mattson
Social LEADia – Jennifer Casa-Todd
Screenwise – Devorah Heitner
Digital Citizenship: A Community Based Approach – Susan Bearden
Digital Community, Digital Citizen - Dr. Jason Ohler
4 Big Ideas - Dr. Jason Ohler
Digital Citizenship in Schools, 3rd Edition - Dr. Mike Ribble
Raising a Digital Child - Dr. Mike Ribble
Digital Citizenship in Action - Dr. Kristen Mattson
http://www.jasonohler.com/index.cfm - Dr. Jason Ohler Website http://www.digitalcitizenship.net - Dr. Mike Ribble Website
Ribble, M. (2018). Use the key elements of digital citizenship. EdTech: Focus on K-12 Education Magazine. Q3 2018.
Ribble, M. (2017). What type of digital citizens do we want students to be? Blog article for BrainPOP.
Ribble, M. (2017). Digital citizenship: Respect, protect, educate. Blog article for BrainPOP.
Ribble, M. (2017). What is digital citizenship? Blog article for BrainPOP.
Anderson, M. & Jiang, J. (2018). Teens, social media & technology 2018. Retrieved on September 24, 2018 at http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/
Common Sense Media (2018). Privacy matters: Parents and teens share attitudes and opinions. Retrieved at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/

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Gail Desler, Elk Grove Unified
Mike Jones, Illinois State University- Lab School
Dr. Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education
Dr. Mike Ribble, Manhattan-Ogden School District
Dr. Kari Stubbs, Stages Learning, ISTE Board alumni

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