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Empowering Digital Citizenship: Navigating the Dark Corners of the Web

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom Lobby, Table 3

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Marcinek Learning & Technology
Andrew Marcinek is the Chief Digital Officer at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. Before his role at BB&N, Andrew recently served as the CIO at Worcester Academy and the first Chief Open Education Advisor for the US Department of Education. Andrew has been a MassCUE Board member since 2019 and is the chair of the Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee.

Session description

Drawing insights from Marcinek's book, participants will discover strategies for addressing issues such as digital ethics, online relationships, screen time balance, and fostering a responsible digital mindset. Practical features, including Pause & Reflects, Teachable Moments, and ready-to-use classroom activities, make this session applicable across content areas and grade levels.

Purpose & objective

This session aims to empower educators with the knowledge and tools to teach students how to navigate the darker corners of the web responsibly. Objectives include:
Exploring strategies for teaching digital ethics, online relationships, and screen time balance.

Equipping educators with classroom activities and lesson plans for immediate implementation.

Fostering a new digital mindset among students to promote responsible online behavior.

Encouraging educators to reflect on their teaching practices and embrace teachable moments.

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Introduction to Digital Citizenship Challenges (10 minutes): Explore the challenges students face in the digital world.

Strategies for Teaching Digital Ethics (15 minutes): Discuss practical approaches to teaching digital ethics, including real-world examples.

Navigating Online Relationships (10 minutes): Address the complexities of online relationships and provide guidance for students.

Screen Time Balance and Mindset (10 minutes): Discuss the importance of screen time balance and fostering a responsible digital mindset.

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans (15 minutes): Explore and share ready-to-use activities and lesson plans.

Reflection and Q&A (10 minutes): Encourage participant reflection and address questions.

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Supporting research

This session is grounded in research on digital citizenship, ethics, and online safety. Key resources include:

Common Sense Education - Access a wealth of resources, lesson plans, and articles on digital citizenship and online safety.

ISTE Digital Citizenship - Explore ISTE's collection of articles and resources on digital citizenship, including best practices for educators.

Edutopia - Teaching Digital Citizenship - An article highlighting resources and strategies for teaching digital citizenship in the classroom.

These research sources provide a strong foundation for understanding the importance of digital citizenship education and the strategies to navigate the darker corners of the web responsibly.

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Session specifications

Digital citizenship
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.