What is Digital Citizenship? Most often people think of cyber bullying or other forms of malicious online behavior. But Digital Citizenship goes beyond social behavior to include ethics and attitudes toward all uses of technology. The International Society for Technology in Education identifies Digital Citizenship as the following:
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
- Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
- Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
- Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
- Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
Digital Citizenship lessons should be embedded in any teacher-led use of technology. Students should be routinely reminded to secure passwords, act with integrity, and to communicate kindly and appropriately. They should also be reminded of what to do in the event they come into contact with inappropriate content.
On the first day of school all students in grades 6-12 will be provided the lessons listed on the right. Each class will be one hour long.
At the end of the first day, the students will be given a quiz that will cover all the material. When that test is passed with an 80% or better AND the school has the parent/student signed Chromebook policy in hand, the middle/high school student will be given his/her Chromebook for the year.
The Lesson Modules included in the Digital Citizenship section were designed and developed by the Pewamo-Westphalia School District and have been incorporated into the St. Patrick School Digital Citizenship instruction program with their permission.