Digital citizenship is one who knows how to be safe online and who has all the skills and knowledge required to benefit from the opportunities of the digital age.
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- learn that cell phones are powerful, convenient tools for communication.
- identify situations in which using cell phones can be rude or distracting.
- reflect on the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly “private” or “erasable” online.
Privacy: Share Jumper
- reflect on the benefits of sharing online, while acknowledging that information can spread fast and far.
- classify information that should be kept private online.
- predict the effect that an online post or message might have on someone’s reputation.
Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to “evolve” into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
- compare different forms of cyberbullying and the roles of those involved.
- interpret scenarios that illustrate how targets of cyberbullying feel.
- identify ways to be an “Upstander” when cyberbullying occurs.
Search: Search Shark
Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.
- learn how keywords can help them find information online.
- evaluate keywords for their relevance and helpfulness.
- practice identifying the most effective keywords for different search scenarios.
Creative Credit: Mix-n-Mash
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.
- learn about copyright, credit, and plagiarism and apply it to their own creative work.
- reflect on the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.
- determine how to receive credit for their digital creations.
- Make sure your e-mail includes a greeting and closing. Make sure you spelled their name correctly.
- Spell check – emails with typos are not taken seriously.
- Use proper conventions and sentence structure. Type in complete sentences. Be sure to edit! Don’t use multiple !!! or ???.
- Make one last check that the address or addresses in the To: field are those you wish to send to.
- Be sure the Subject: field accurately reflects the content of your email.
- Keep emails brief and to the point. Save long conversations for the telephone.
- Always end your emails with “Thank you,” “Sincerely,” “Take it easy,” “Best regards” – something!
- Do not type in all caps. That’s yelling or reflects shouting. If you bold your type, you are bolding your statement and it will be taken that way.
Commenting on other blogs is a skill easily attained by following a few simple practices. Take time to talk about these practices with your students and refer to them as you review blog comments together as a class.
Be nice to each other. Don’t be mean to other commenters. Even bloggers have feelings. We’re putting ourselves out there for the world to read our thoughts.
Connect to the post. Have a point when you comment on someone’s blog. Don’t ramble.
Read the whole post before you comment. Don’t just comment on the comments. This will help you write a thorough and thoughtful comment.
White space is your friend. It’s hard enough to read from a computer screen. Use short sentences, and short paragraphs. Write in an active voice. At least try to be grammatically correct.
Here are a few comment starters that can help raise questions and provide useful feedback for bloggers.
- This made me think about…….
- I wonder why…….
- Your writing made me form an opinion about…….
- This post is relevant because…….
- Your writing made me think that we should…….
- I wish I understood why…….
- This is important because…….
- Another thing to consider is…….
- I was reminded that…….
- I can relate to this…….
- This makes me think of…….
- I discovered……
- I don’t understand…….
- I found myself wondering…….
– from Mrs. Casey
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