Our favorite resources for teaching digital citizenship


It's Digital Citizenship Week (#DigCitWeek, #DigCit) and Connected Educators Month, so in today's post we're focusing on how connected educators can teach digital citizenship. (Phew, is that enough buzzwords for you?) One of the best resources for teachers is the internet. And with the increased prevalence of mobile devices in education, internet access is expanding. We know that "too many resources" can also be a problem, and there are more than enough helpful sites to guide Digital Citizenship lessons. Here are some of our (FREE) favorites:

  • Common Sense Media: This site has loads of content for all grade levels, from posters to music videos to a full curriculum of digital literacy lessons. This is a great place to start any digital citizenship lesson.
  • YouTube: To say that YouTube offers a plethora of video resources is a severe understatement, as it currently facilitates the viewing of 6 billion hours of video every month ("an hour for every person on Earth", their site notes). They also have YouTubeCurriculum, a channel that offers videos on staying safe on YouTube, guarding your reputation and staying legal on copyright issues, to name a few. YouTube is often victim to blanket bans in schools, as there are many not-safe-for-school videos on the site, so this digital citizenship lesson is definitely useful.
  • Pinterest: Curating your own board of resources is nothing new to teachers. Pinterest's social nature enables easier discovery of tried and true educational resources, and teachers can easily see pins of many thought leaders in the digital citizenship space. Searching Pinterest can lead to new lesson plans, websites, and ways to reach students. We've started a digital citizenship board. Do you have one? Let us know, and we'll follow you!
  • Edudemic: You'll find resources for teachers and students, almost all of them with a focus on keeping everyone legal, safe, and informed. There are many useful guides and blog posts we've found, and almost all of them highlight an aspect of digital citizenship.
  • Teachinctrl: Provided by Cable in the Classroom,  this site offers lesson-oriented information under several digital citizenship sub-topics (such as privacy and media literacy), each with a video and supporting lesson materials.

So what are your go-to resources for teaching digital citizenship? Which blogs, pinterest boards, twitter handles, and hashtags are most helpful to you? Comment, or Tweet @ us @SASEducator!

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About Author

Jamie McQuiggan

SAS Technical Writer and Author

Jamie McQuiggan is a Technical Writer specializing in education topics. She recently published Implement, Improve and Expand your Statewide Longitudinal Data System: Creating a Culture of Data in Education. McQuiggan is currently working on a new book, to be published in early 2015: Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators and Learners.

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