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'Digital' Citizenship: Building Capacity Across Your School, District and Community

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Sunday, November 29, 12:30–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Ben Cogswell  
George Lopez  

Learn how one district built digital citizenship awareness and leadership. Leave with the resources necessary to replicate the process in your own school district. As our district entered "shelter in place" due to COVID-19, the important topic became even more critical due to remote learning.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The current generation of students have grown up with pocket-size computers that are online 24 hours a day. Both families and schools give devices to students with very little thought or education on the benefits or dangers of the devices. Often, in our schools we value citizenship so much so that awards are given at the end of each year, yet there is little to no mention of “digital” citizenship. As a district we recognized this need and as a result we developed Digital Citizenship Academies. These Academies had three goals: 1) foster leadership on the topic of digital citizenship, 2) to teach students the positive and negative repercussions of their actions while online, 3) to educate and bring awareness on the topic to our families and community.

While there are various resources on the topic of Digital Citizenship, Common Sense Media has been a pioneer on this topic. In addition, Common Sense Media also has a recognition program for teachers, schools, and districts. Many of the lessons and activities that we presented to teachers, students, and families were directly taken or adapted from the Common Sense Media resources. Common Sense Media provides free access to a framework, scope & sequence, and lessons at all grade levels.

The Digital Citizenship Academies had three different components that addressed our three target groups:

Teachers attended a 4 to 5 2-hour sessions. Each session was scheduled 2-4 weeks apart, so that teachers could teach a lesson, address their colleagues at their respective sites, and gather artifacts to share at the next session (all requirements of the Common Sense recognition program). At each session teachers had the opportunity to reflect, collaborate, plan, and share their progress with colleagues.

Students: Students received a minimum of 2 digital citizenship lessons at their grade level. The lessons included all the elements of an effective lesson (e.g. anticipatory set, vocabulary development, assessment).

Families/Community: These events were facilitated in Spanish and English and were scheduled in the evenings. During these events, families learned about the different components of Digital Citizenship, tips to start discussions with their children, and parent resources from Common Sense Media.

We will know this session is successful if participants are engaged in the presentation and begin to ask questions about implementation at their sites or district. In addition we will have participants scan a QR code that leads to a Google Form to provide feedback on the session. Once participants have completed the Google form they will get access to all the resources we used, created, and/or adapted.

Supporting research

From Common Sense Media: Case Studies

Jurupa Unified School District:

PS1X Courlandt School:

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Ben Cogswell, Bardin Elementary School
George Lopez, Alisal Union School District

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