Real Talk - Digital Citizenship Focused on Teens

Engage students in thinking about their own digital selves through game-based lessons focused on the technologies that they use.

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Updated 3/18 - Was at a great tech conference this weekend (CUE 18) and had an idea for another DigCit project, this time about social media influencers and are they a good or bad influence? I think a lot of students follow certain YouTube and Social Media channels without really thinking about what who they are following says about them. Would love suggestions on what to do about this. 

Updated 3/10 - Got an exciting opportunity to lead a short training on digital citizenship and got some good feedback on the lesson I have shared previously. Will be revising it within the next few days to share what I learned. 

Updated 3/6 - Trying to figure out where the intersection of digital literacy and digital citizenship is. There was a suggestion that I expand this project to include important digital skills and literacies, but not sure if anyone has a list of  "core digital literacy skills" Here is what I have;

-social media savy, information evaluation, powersearching, media curation and creation, publishing/sharing content, communication, computational thinking. 

Not ready to put "coding" up there, but that was suggested. Not sure all digital learners need to be code monkeys so long as they understand logic-based though. 

Updated 3/2 - Got a great resource on social media and teens from a fellow contributor that I had to share!

Great information on tech and teens!

Updated - 2/28

Here is a sample of the curriculum I've put together. It is a lesson on the importance of thinking before you post/text and the problems with online communication.

Enjoy! Please post comments or applaud my idea if you like what you see and want more!

Updated - 2/26

I've been tasked by my school to put together a presentation about the current state of Digital Citizenship at a national level. Will be putting the presentation up in the next few days for folks who are interested. Stay tuned or comment if you have suggestions for the content! 

Updated - 2/22

Someone asked for a topic list for my unit. There are the first four lesson topics. Would be interested if anyone else wanted more details or had ideas regarding one of them?

- Effective Online Communication

- Digital Footprint: Representing your Best Self

- TL;DR: Understanding License Agreements

-  Think Before You Post: Digital Empathy


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As more and more schools and teachers come to understand the importance of digital citizenship, the need for engaging and student-centered lessons will become more and more apparent. But how do you get a teenage, who may not be interested in anything sometimes, to be interested in issues surrounding digital citizenship? With Instagram of course! 

By creating lessons based around technology and media platforms actually used by students, digital citizenship is put back into their sphere instead of it being just something that "teachers have to tell us" They can use their own devices, their own accounts, and their own information during the lesson, bridging the gap between the simply theoretical and authentic. By the end of the lesson their actual digital profile becomes stronger and more well-understood. 

Having already created three lessons for ages 6-12, issues around digital footprint, online communication, and privacy are addressed at their level using actual examples from things they use every day. In this way, digital citizenship is relevant and immediately helpful, and not something they dread any longer. 



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