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Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 15-19th

Digital Citizenship

Top Tips to Engage Students, Staff, and Families

As teachers begin the school year, we often spend days, weeks even, building a supportive and positive classroom community.  We discuss, model and practice classroom expectations for everything from sharpening pencils to resolving peer conflicts.  We continue to nurture our community as the school year goes on, intent on developing the ideal school citizens.  But what about the online environment?  As a greater percentage of teaching and learning moves to online platforms, the necessity for intentional and ongoing digital citizenship education cannot be ignored or checked off a list at the beginning of the year.

One way to kickstart or amp up your digital citizenship game plan is to participate in Digital Citizenship Week (Oct. 15–19)!  Recognized on the third week of October each year, this initiative aims to build capacity for students and families to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world.

To help you engage all members of your educational community in this digital citizenship initiative, we’ve gathered a few ideas and resources.  Think about what elements you already have in place as well as ways you can level up your #digcit game this school year!

Students

 Staff

  • Devote a staff meeting to information and idea sharing around digital citizenship topics.
    • Invite teachers to map their digcit journey on this great infographic.
      • What is your current stage? Digital Aversion, Anxiety, Awareness, Action or Advocacy? Commit to taking steps toward growth.
      • Ask early adopters and teacher leaders to share successes with the group
    • Encourage staff to take the #digcitcommit pledge and share one way they’ll promote digital citizenship in their classrooms this year.

Families

  • Send routine messages and tips about digital citizenship through your school’s communication channels.
  • Host a #DeviceFreeDinner chat on Twitter. Encourage families to tweet photos of their meal sans devices.  Provide discussion starters on the topic of digital literacy and citizenship during the chat. 
  • Consider starting a Parent Digital Citizenship Academy like the one described in this article by teacher George Lopez-- https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/engage-your-community-with-parent-digital-citizenship-academies

Whether you’re taking your first #digcit steps or well on your journey towards advocacy, we applaud you! Every bit counts working together as students, staff, and families to build a positive, supportive community of digital citizens. 

 *Tweet us @TeachersRSmart or join our Techie Teacher Society Facebook page to share your videos, photos and #digcitcommit plans.

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