"Digital citizenship is not about creating a list of things to do or a stagnant curriculum that you can use for the next 10 years. It's about transforming yourself into a professional who can effectively research technology trends, monitor the uses of technology in your school or district, avoid the fear factor that can easily paralyze you, and empower student-centered learning to create vibrant, exciting learning projects." Vicki Davis & Julie Lindsey
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The teacher-created lessons posted to this page represent a sampling of what we anticipate to be a growing, dynamic list of core curriculum connections to digital citizenship themes. It is our hope that these resources will help teachers to weave this important life skill - the 5th C of 21st century skills - into subjects they are already teaching.

If you are weaving digital citizenship into your curriculum, we would love to include your resources and projects! For ideas on how teachers are making cross-curricular connections, check out our presentation from the 2012 K12Online Conference.

We have designed the graphic organizer listed below to help structure and facilitate student discourse on the common threads that connect current issues of digital citizenship to themes, events, and characters students will encounter in grade-level curriculum, adopted textbooks, and mandated school programs.

Digital ID Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer - Word Doc

Digital ID Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer - PDF


Focus 1: Stepping Up

Unit Connections
Elem
Mid
High
I'm American Too - U.S. History/ELA lesson on constitutional rights and responsibilities - Gail Desler

8th

Beyond Anne Frank - U.S. History Unit on Holocaust - Erin Goldman


11th
The Circuit - English/Social Studies - Karen Larsen

8th

Stand Up, Speak Out! - English - Bob LeVin


11th
While the World Watched - U.S. History - Dawnielle Black


11th
World War II Internees & To Kill a Mockingbird - English - Gretchen Henry


9th-10th
Gallery of Heroes - English - Natalie Bernasconi Prezi of our Work

7th-8th



Focus 2: Building Online Identities

Unit Connections
Elem
Mid
High
From Summary Writing to Blogging & Podcasting 5th grade teacher Rudy Alfonso
5th


Tracking Your Digital Footprint from Verena Roberts, a free 6-week online course beginning
July 5, 2012. This course is an invitation to students, student-and-parent teams, parents,
teachers, administrators- anyone who would like to explore and examine their digital footprint!
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Focus 3: Respecting Boundaries

Unit Connections
Elem
Mid
High
The Long Distance Email Race, Part 3 - What Is Plagiarism? 6th grade teacher Karl Mansfield
6th


Digital Citizenship - Motion Movies - Scenarios for and from Vermont teachers
6th
7th-8th


Focus 4: Protecting Online Privacy and Security

Unit Connections
Elem
Mid
High
Kids Book Blog 5th/6th grade teacher Denise Phillips
5th-6th


Multi-Foci Lessons:

The Collaborative Digital Citizenship A-Z Glossary is a K-12 method for students to develop their digital vocabulary by collaboratively creating a Glossary of A-Z Digital Citizenship Terms

Using PSA Creation as an Accountability and Reconciliation Tool provides a way to use PSAs to help students (Gr 4-12) learn consequences of their inappropriate use of technology that goes beyond punitively taking away their access.
Lessons Learned PSA features 6 student actors telling about real events in which students used technology inappropriately, but learned from the experience. Sharing these stories provides a way to help students (Gr 4-12) recognize the consequences of their poor choices in an empowering, not punitive way. It is our hope that viewers can benefit from listening to their "Lessons Learned."