Many people inquire about how we teach Digital Citizenship to our students. Of course, there's a time and a place for some explicit instruction on the very important topic. However, I've come to realize that the best bang for our buck comes when it's seamlessly embedded into the other instructional work that the kids are doing.
A recent lesson reminded me of the power of authentically teaching Digital Citizenship to our kids. Students were annotating math work in order to reflect on their problem solving skills. Labeling their work involved inserting images, symbols and text bubbles (see the previous post titled "December Portfolios- Analyzing Math" to learn more). The 4th and 5th graders were introduced to the AMAZING resource, The Noun Project, to find and download symbols from a library. If you haven't checked it out- you must! In order to do so, they had to create an account. Therefore, We were able to talk about:
All of these pieces totally fit with what we were doing but also definitely resonated with our students. If we can teach them early about safe internet behaviors and such, it could make a big difference for them as they grow older and engage in the scary world wide web. Embedding Digital CitizenshiP into our daily teaching and the daily learning for students is the way to go!