Digital Citizenship Calendar

Dedicating time for students to define and display best practices of digital citizenship.

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This idea builds off the digital citizenship Code of Conduct produced by the education division of KQED, the Bay Area's public media outlet. KQED's Code of Conduct is concise and compelling, with 5 statements summing up recommended student behaviors in online spaces:

  1. Be a good ambassador for your school and community
  2. Welcome perspectives different from your own
  3. Be positive and assume positive intent by others
  4. Respond thoughtfully using evidence and cite your sources
  5. Use respectful language at all times

There are two key components to this idea: defining these practices and displaying them. One way to implement the idea is for teachers to break up their class into five groups, with each group assigned to one of the codes of conduct. Over the course of the week, students focus on proactively demonstrating that behavior online as well as looking for examples of that behavior demonstrated by others. At the end of the week, student groups share out examples of their own and others' behaviors aligned to their assigned code, and an open discussion can be had about whether the student-identified behaviors are accurate illustrations of their assigned code. Some type of student incentive or badging system for personal demonstrations of the assigned code might go a long way here.

Each week, the student groups rotate assigned codes such that, by the end of five weeks, all students in the class will have had a chance to focus on each of the codes of conduct, and display and identify behaviors associated with them.

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KQED Learn - Digital Citizenship Code of Conduct

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program.pdf

Young Writers Program - Digital Code of Conduct


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the 5 statements are great as they tackle a lot of modern issues and cover a lot of ground. By developing sensible, good habits, we can avoid a lot of online wars.

I once taught at a school in which 8 core virtues were foundational to the culture at the school: filiality, fraternal respect, loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, incorruptibility, and a sense of shame. Because there are so many to focus on in terms of a lesson, they are emphasized each week, one at a time. So teachers would incorporate that virtue into their lessons for the week. Though these virtues are emphasized in the daily routines of student life and campus culture, it was a great way to help the students evolve into each virtue. Perhaps this method will trigger some new and exciting approaches for the areas covered by the 5 statements, which seems like a lot of ground to cover.

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