• Susan Hefley

#DigCit Mini Lessons

Rainy day recess, morning meeting or community circle, the last 10 minutes of the day, as a center during ANY subject, there are SO many places where elementary teachers can find a little time for Digital Citizenship lessons. While most elementary students need to hear about many of the same things: Netiquette, Cyber Bullying/Being an Upstander, How to Responsibly use Tech, etc. There is no prescribed curriculum or order in which these lessons should be presented, and nor should there be. Build relationships and get to know your students, talk about what is going on in their lives, both IRL and ONLINE. Make it a deliberate point to ask about what is going on, what they are doing, what challenges they are facing, even celebrate their online successes! This is a BIG part of our students lives, and we should not let it go by without care. Based on this knowledge of your students you can better determine their needs. Sometimes individual students, small groups or the whole class can benefit from mini #DigCit lessons on demand. Based on these students you might share these lessons and resources at the teacher table, at a center, through Google Classroom, through See-Saw, or just as a whole group in front of the board.

For my school I have created a badge program, because kids love STICKERS! They collect these stickers, reflect on their learning and display the collection in their Leadership Notebooks. I also encourage TEACHERS to keep a copy of the badges they have presented to their class, because this shows their own growth with technology.

Over the past two years I have been slowly building my badge collection. Each badge is based on topics I know our students have needed but framed with Digital Leadership in mind. I continue to add to the collection based on student and teacher needs. I will be honest, the first two years I, as the school librarian/Media Resource Specialist, have been presenting these on a weekly basis to our students. Not the ideal situation, but it allowed me to get these lessons in front of students and allow my teachers time to grow. I know the teachers are ready this year to integrate it more fully into the classroom (or they will be after I present this as PD before school starts :-D) Giving them these badges gives them the resources they need to teach these topics. Each badge includes the image which can be printed on sticker (or label) paper and then the lesson itself. I use Google Slides to create a student view and teacher notes below. The resources are NOT mine, I just remixed what was out there! There are so many valuable resources that you could use to create your own badges or write your own mini-lessons (or just use theirs). Check out my favorites below the image.

Favorite #DigCit Resources for Elementary:

#1: Common Sense Media: the best resource out there for #DigCit.

#2: Google's Be Internet Awesome : they have added full lessons, basically badges like mine!

#3 NearPod: NearPod and Commons Sense partnered up and made lessons that are really POLISHED versions of my badges. These are great, sign up here for a free month to TRY it out. The downside is that they are not 100% free for all teachers.

Other resources to consider:

Brainpop: The AMAZING BrainPop has made their Digital Citizenship resources FREE!

NetSmartz: Online safety tools for parents and educators it offers videos, lesson plans and resources for kids and tweens.

Digital Education Revolution: Not the best organized website but there are some great videos and resources especially for VERY young students.

MediaSmarts: Canada's website for digital citizenship resources.

Digizen: Another cool website with great resources.

Follow @digcitkids on Twitter

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