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Get Ready for Digital Citizenship Week 2022

Digital Citizenship Week is coming up on October 17–21! The purpose of this week is to teach students to be safe and competent when using technology. Check out these ten resources you can use in your lessons to help your students become good digital citizens.  

Grades K-12

Digital Citizenship Resources

Every adult in a student’s life, including teachers in all subject areas and parents at home, has the responsibility of modeling and helping students learn about digital citizenship. This collection shares reviewed resources for all grades.

Grades 6-9

My Social Media Life

This 45-minute lesson provides guidance to middle-school students about the role of social media in their lives, especially the effect of social media on relationships. Don't miss the slide presentation, video, and student handouts.

Grades 5-9

Google Digital Literacy & Citizenship Curriculum

Explore this three-part, standards-based curriculum about digital literacy and citizenship. The three topics are evaluating the credibility of online information, maintaining a positive online reputation, and avoiding online tricks and scams.

Grades 1-6

Ruff Ruffman - Humble Media Genius

Ruff Ruffman is a comical canine who sets out to teach kids ages 6–11 about being responsible digital citizens. Short animated video clips answer questions about posting photos, texting, and searching and remind students to ask adults for help.

Grades K-3

Who Is in Your Online Community?

This engaging, standards-aligned lesson plan for elementary students includes a slide presentation, student handouts, and take-home resources that promote family understanding and engagement. Free registration is required to access the lesson plan.

Grades K-12

Digital Citizenship: Technological Literacy

It’s essential that students understand how to use technology properly and responsibly. These videos help students understand concepts such as the role influencers play on social media, editorial accuracy, and why people are susceptible to disinformation.

Grades K-12

Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens

This site contains curriculums for different grade levels that include lessons, slides, videos, and all the materials needed to teach the curriculum in its entirety. Copyright & Creativity also contains an on-demand teaching unit for professionals.

Grades 2-6

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a series of resources from Google that you can use to teach digital safety. One can’t-miss resource is Interland, an online interactive that allows students to practice skills to combat phishers, hackers, and cyberbullies.

Grades 4-12

Social Media Test Drive

Use this unique series of interactive modules to help students practice digital citizenship skills through a social media simulation. Each module includes tutorials, guided activities, and opportunities for reflection.

Grades 2-6

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew

Discover five cartoons for ages 7–11 all about being SMART online. Click on Teachers & Professionals and slide to resources to search for other activities by age or topic. Share these lessons in your class or as part of blended learning activities.

This Week at TeachersFirst

This week is the kickoff for Globetracker's Mission, a choose-your-own-adventure travel story that teaches geography skills and vocabulary to grades 2–6. In addition, our FREE OK2Ask virtual workshops continue this Tuesday. We're also sharing a related blog post and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Explore three ways to use screencasts in your classroom

OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencastify

Join us to learn how to use screencasts and Screencastify to support instruction by giving students activity instructions, helping parents support students who are struggling with an assignment, or even allowing students to make their thinking visible.

Plan for the instructional use of Screencastify »

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The story begins this week

Globetracker's Mission

Team up with our traveling teens, Geo and Meri, as they travel around the world to the seven continents, learn geography terms, find famous landmarks, and practice map-reading skills. Each week lets readers choose what happens next in the story!

Geography adventures for grades 2-6 »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Posts related to Digital Citizenship

Discover a collection of blog posts related to digital citizenship. Posts include “Teach Your Students to be Global Digital Citizens!,” “Digital Citizenship Week Resources for All Grade Levels,” “School Librarians and Digital Citizenship,” and many more.

Read about digital citizenship this week »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, “Do you plan to participate in Digital Citizenship Week?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

Will you recognize Digital Citizenship Week? »

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