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EUSD Digital Citizenship Resources

posted Aug 19, 2014, 11:04 AM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Aug 19, 2014, 11:20 AM by Tom Borer ]
I will use technology as a learning tool.
I will be responsible with technology.
I will keep my personal information private.
I will use technology to communicate respectfully.  

What is Digital Citizenship and why should I teach it to my students?
A good Digital Citizen is a person who uses technology as a learning tool, is responsible with technology, keeps personal information private, and communicates respectfully.  The majority of our students have access to technology; thus, we must make sure that our students are safe and appropriate when using technology.  In addition, the new Common Core State Standards require that we use technology in our curriculum.

Teaching Digital Citizenship is not only a mandatory part of the PBIS curriculum, but it's a best practice in all classrooms K-8 across the district.  Digital Citizenship is a requirement before students have access to computers, iPods/iPads, My Big Campus, Compass Learning, or any other technology tool.  EUSD has created resources for digital citizenship K-3, 4-5, and 6-8.  These resources include a presentation, lesson plans, windowpane, video, and posters.  All resources can be found on the EUSD homepage under "Staff."  For additional resources, check out our My Big Campus Digital Citizenship bundle.  My Big Campus and Common Sense Media have created student Digital Citizenship Pledges which you can display and review throughout the year.  Digital Citizenship should be introduced in the beginning of the year and needs to be frequently reinforced, monitored, and modeled throughout the year.  Teaching Digital Citizenship now will help you avoid problems later in the year, especially if students have already established bad habits.  Happy teaching!