Watch It, Try It, Share It: Digital Citizenship

As an online learning platform provider, we believe in the power of technology to increase educational opportunities for teachers and students alike. As access to devices and the internet both in and out of the classroom increases for children, so does the importance of digital citizenship. Digital citizenship is all about navigating our virtual world--how and what we communicate and share on social media and other websites. It combines safety practices with ethics, old-school common sense with  modern-day technology.  

Watch It: Common Sense Webinars

Common Sense is at the forefront of digital citizenship training for teachers. Their organization offers resources, workshops, online learning opportunities, and a curriculum for teaching digital citizenship. Their mission is to "work to empower students to harness technology for learning and life." Through their three sub-organizations, CS Media, CS Education, and CS Kids Action, the group not only teaches students and educators about digital citizenship, but is involved in advocating for positive policy changes for children.

Our partners at CUE offer a Common Sense training program--find out more here!

Common Sense Media's upcoming webinar,"How Games Can Be a Centerpiece for Student-Driven Learning" will be hosted on May 25, 2017 at 1:00PM PDT.

"In this edWebinar, Matthew Farber, Ed.D., social studies teacher and game-based learning author; and Steve Isaacs, video game design and development teacher, will discuss how games can create a shared experience for students, much like a field trip. In their game-based learning classrooms, students study games and then have an opportunity to mod (modify, change) as well as to design their own. In this session, Matthew and Steve will:

  • Review concrete examples of games across the curriculum, from humanities to STEM
  • Share free game-design tools and assessment strategies
  • Highlight student choice and voice

Click here to learn more or register for this free webinar. You'll be e-mailed a certificate of participation after the seminar.

Common Sense Media also hosts a collection of their past webinars, including sessions on device-free dinners, teaching digital citizenship to children with autism, project-based learning & digital citizenship, and more!

Try It: Apps & Games

Trace My Shadow Teach your students about their digital footprint and data access with the Trace My Shadow tool from Me & My Shadow. "Tactical Tech's Me and My Shadow project helps you control your data traces, see how you're being tracked, and find out more about the data industry." The site also provides step-by-step instructions in how to protect your information online by adjusting privacy and browsing settings.

Digital Citizenship Unplugged: ActivityWant to explore digital citizenship with your students but don't have enough devices for every student? No problem! has created a lesson plan with everything you need to open up the conversation around safe, responsible and respectful behavior online. Check it out here.

NOVALabs: Cybersecurity Lab "Take cybersecurity into your own hands. In this Lab, you’ll defend a company that is the target of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. Your task is to strengthen your cyber defenses and thwart the attackers by completing a series of cybersecurity challenges. You’ll crack passwords, craft code, and defeat malicious hackers." Watch the video intro or try it yourself here.

Share It: #digcit

Get inspired by other educators and leaders in the field of digital citizenship by exploring the #digcit hashtag on Twitter. From resources and articles to games and professional conferences, teachers from around the globe are coming together to discuss what digital citizenship means to them.

Check out the latest conversations below, or share your own insights.


Stay tuned next week for more information and resources on digital citizenship!

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