It’s time once again to celebrate Digital Citizenship Week 2019. Each year, schools recognize the importance of helping students become great digital citizens.
Of course, before we begin thinking about digital citizenship, it’s important that we define that term.
According to TeachThought:
Well, first citizenship, which is formally defined as “the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community.” This makes citizenship far more complex than a simple legal matter, but rather one that consists of self-knowledge, interaction, and intimate knowledge of a place, its people, and its cultural history. So digital citizenship is nearly the same thing–“the quality of a response to membership in a digital community” would be a good first crack at the definition.
Really, digital citizenship is based in how we, and our students, interact with the digital world. But it’s also helpful to keep in mind that the things we know make individuals great citizens in the “real” world also allow them to become great digital citizens.
Our students are bombarded every day by poor examples of how to communicate and participate in the digital world. Social media provides an outlet for EVERYONE to share an opinion, whether helpful or harmful.
As teachers of students that live in a digital world, we can help them navigate their way to becoming successful and productive digital citizens.
Here are some activities that you can use in your classroom during Digital Citizenship Week 2019 (or anytime you like!)
Interland was created by Google as a game-based series of lessons on digital citizenship. Students work through different “lands” answering questions and playing games that reinforce.
These activities are free for everyone and are incredibly engaging and beneficial for students.
Students can access the lessons at the Interland website (https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland).
Digital Citizenship Kahoots
Kahoot is already one of the most engaging digital platforms available and they’ve partnered with Common Sense Media to create a number of Kahoots on digital citizenship.
Topics cover media literacy, social media, health effects of tech, and dealing with negativity online.
Head on over to Kahoot and try one of these engaging and exciting quizzes with your students.
Nearpod & Flocabulary Activities
Nearpod offers an entire curriculum for digital citizenship for their subscribers but they’ve made five lessons available for download to anyone.
Head to this page to download your free lessons or, if you school has access to Nearpod, check out their Digital Citizenship library.
Coding in the Classroom
While there is already an entire week in December dedicated to computer science, bringing coding to your students is a great way to introduce another digital citizenship topic.
Visit Code.org or HourOfCode.com to find activities for every grade level that require little no prep from the teacher to get students engaged in introductory coding activities that could spark their interest in coding.