As I've mentioned in a previous post, teaching digital citizenship is a big goal for Stuart Mesa Elementary this year. One of the many hats that I'm wearing, as a site-based EdTech TOSA, is to model lessons and support classroom teachers as they present Digital Citizenship lessons to their students. I created a bulletin board in my STEM Lab that is all about the Digital Footprint, as a way to remind students that they should pause and think before posting anything online. I'm super happy with the way the bulletin board turned out, and wanted to share all of the pieces that I've created with all of you!! I cannot take complete credit for the bulletin board idea. I found some great inspiration on pinterest for this board, and put several of those ideas together with some of the excellent resources from common sense education.
All of the pieces that I created for this bulletin board can be found in this Google Folder. The giant footprint was traced on black butcher paper, using a google image of a footprint projected on my whiteboard. Feel free to use these resources for your own classroom and share the link with colleagues too! Add a photo of your own Digital Citizenship bulletin board in the comments, or share it with me on twitter @mrslovefleck. Good luck on your Digital Citizenship journey this school year!
Although I haven't begun to see students in the STEM Lab yet, I've been visiting classrooms to talk about digital citizenship. This year, Stuart Mesa has set the goal of becoming A Digital Citizenship certified school. Woohoo!! Basically, this means that students will receive lessons that focus on various areas of digital citizenship. So, why is digital citizenship so important? Watch the video below to get a better idea of the amount of time tweens and teens spend online.
So, excluding the time spent using media for school or homework, tweens (age 8-12) spend about 6 hours and teens (age 13-18) spend about 9 hours online each day. It is important that students are learning about what it takes to be a good digital citizen! We will be providing lessons on digital citizenship and handing out literature to parents as well. Join Stuart Mesa in our effort to create good digital citizens, one student at a time.