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Every October, we look forward to showcasing how EGUSD students are celebrating Digital Citizenship Week. This year, students at Joseph Kerr Middle School got a head start on #DigCitWeek with a guest speaker. Students from Roy Herburger Elementary School attended the annual Stand Up, Speak Out Against Bullying Rally.

Joseph Kerr Middle School – Social Media Safety Assembly

JKMS Activites Director, Chris Perris, invited us to attend a parent night assembly organized by Principal, Zachary Cheney. Principal Cheney responded to a need to address social media issues with the Kerr community.

“In searching for information we could share with our student and parent community about social media safety, I came across Ed Peisner and AB 1542 (Jordan’s Law) and am glad I did.  I invited Ed to come speak to our parent community and was so pleased with his presentation and the positive response from our parents that I asked him to return to speak to our students.  Ed’s message is personal, moving, and timely as we seek to teach our young people the implications and ramifications of their actions on social media and using digital devices like smart phones.  We are in a social media crisis in our schools and people like Ed help to equip students to better understand how to navigate and respond to it.” – Zachary Cheney, Principal

As a follow-up, we reached out to invite students from JKMS to share takeaways from the recent assembly with Ed Peisner, Organization for Social Media Safety (SMS). 

Photo: JKMS student assembly with Ed Peisner

8th grade student Hadlee Gray stepped up as our guest blogger to recap the assembly: 

Most of the students at our school thought the assembly was just going to be a long lecture, but Ed Peisner’s assembly was different. Mr. Peisner started with a personal story about an attack on his son Jordan – that kids posted all over the internet to be “popular.” He shared his son’s tragic story because he wants students, not just at Joseph Kerr, but students all around the country to know how destructive online acts can be. He shared stories, gave percentages, and connected with many students as to why these acts aren’t right. 

Mr Peisner went into great detail about the law that he wrote that is now known as California – AB 1542 – AKA Jordan’s Law. He explained that the law states if you record a fight, then you can get in trouble with law enforcement. Many students at Kerr did not know of the law and now understand the possible consequences of posting student fights online. 

I asked students and teachers how they felt about Ed Pesiner’s assembly. Here are some of their thoughts: 

“I think kids now have a better understanding that there can be legal consequences for filming and posting student fights online. As teachers we need to continue to teach responsible use of social media.” ~ Chris Perris, teacher/Activities Director

“The most meaningful part of the assembly was learning about the dangers and what can happen using social media wrong.” ~ Adam B., student

“I left the assembly with lots of information about social media I didn’t know before.” ~ Stella D., student

“After listening to Ed Peisner speaking about being addicted to our phones, I did not use my phone for a day. I learned that phones aren’t just for pleasure, we also need them for communication.” ~ Isabella L., student

As you can see, Ed Peisner’s story affected many students at Joseph Kerr. We hope that students at other schools will also be able to attend his assembly. He made a very positive impact and students are starting to think about what he said before using social media. 

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Thank you, Hadlee, for capturing the event through your write up.

For our recap of the JKMS parent night with Ed Peisner, visit our May 2019 post.


Roy Herburger Elementary School – Students Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally

Photo: Students from EGUSD, SCUSD, SJUSD and NUSD listening to guest speakers. 

We had the opportunity to attend this past Wednesday’s 7th Annual Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally at the California Museum’s Unity Center with 6th grade students from Roy Herburger.

Stand Up Speak Out Against Bullying Event - Lieutenant Stephen Moore, Sacramento Police Department

Photo: Lieutenant Stephen Moore, Sacramento Police Department

The Unity Center is a dedicated space for celebrating California’s “diverse people, customs and cultures.” The annual rally has been a long-time priority for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. His coalition brings together Sacramento school districts to educate students on the importance of taking a stand against bullying/cyberbullying and all forms of intolerance.

Photo: Students interacting with one of the Unity Center exhibits.

Through the center’s interactive media exhibits, advocacy tools and educational programs, students are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others.

Below are a few takeaways from the day shared by Herburger students:

“At the anti-bully rally, hearing the stories of people who got bullied really changed my perspective about bullying.” – Nathaniel P.

“My favorite part was hearing the rapper and all the other speeches about people’s lives.” – Anthony L.

“I loved the speeches and performances. The stations we got to go to were also really fun!” – Sophia C.

“What really stood out to me was when the people were talking about how bullying does not make you cool.” – Zachary A.

“The speeches were my favorite part because they were inspirational!” – Neha B.

Thank you, Herburger teachers, for sharing your students’ thoughts.


When students step up to confront bullying in all its forms, online and in person, they can change the culture and climate of their schools and communities, and, in the process extend Digital Citizenship activities and lessons from a week-long event to a year-long commitment.

Digital Citizenship Week is followed by another important annual event: Media Literacy Week. Because media literacy is an overarching and integral component of digital citizenship, we wanted to share some resources and a challenge from KQED

Media Literacy for Elementary Students

Medial Literacy for Middle and High School Students

Media Literacy for Teachers:

If you have #DigCitWeek or #MediaLiteracyWeek activities or events from your school to share, please leave us a comment.

 

Digital Citizenship Week 2019 – So Many Possibilities…

Mark your calendars: Digital Citizenship Week 2019 is October 14-18.

Digital Citizenship Week

All of our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Site Coordinators have been busy submitting their site implementation plans for the 2019-2020 school year, and we are encouraged to see that there have been some big changes over last year’s plans. We asked the question – If your site has not yet shifted from teaching digital citizenship as a stand-alone to weaving it into subject areas, how do you plan to make that transition?

We invite you to explore some of the below resources, which may inspire you to try something new during Digital Citizenship Week.

How will your students, staff and families celebrate this annual event? We would love to showcase #DigCit activities happening at our schools. From lessons, to activities, to guest speakers – please keep us in the loop with whatever you are planning.

If you are looking for ideas, Common Sense is always our first go-to resource. Checkout their Digital Citizenship Week 2019 page, which highlights new lessons and resources to help ignite classroom conversations during Digital Citizenship Week and throughout the school year. Note: If you don’t already have a Common Sense account, it will take you only a minute to set one up. You will need to be logged in to download their lessons.

Ask your primary students to share one takeaway from We the Digital Citizens.

Empower your middle school students with ideas for dealing with Digital Drama Unplugged.

Challenge your high school students to confront Hate Speech Online.

Bring your teachers and administrators into a conversation on digital citizenship as a stand-alone topic vs. digital citizenship as an integral part of the core curriculum. We love a recent question raised by Rocklin USD’s Ryan O’Donnell (@creativeedtech) and PLESD’s Brian Briggs (@bribriggs): Is Digital Citizenship like teaching Family Life?

Many parents are not well versed on ever-changing digital citizenship issues and topics and all things social media. There is an absolute need for a home-to-school partnership in educating our students in what it means to be positive, contributing citizens in all the communities to which they belong – both face-to-face and online.  Digital Citizenship skills go well beyond competency in using a Chromebook. We all need to learn how to navigate a variety of topics and this can’t be done in a single lesson. It makes sense to integrate Digital Citizenship focus areas into core curriculum lessons. Below are some examples:

All Subjects:

  • Media Literacy – How do we check sources for credibility when doing online research? Sample lesson: Hoaxes and Fakes 
  • Digital Footprint – How can we ensure that our online lives are leaving a positive digital trail? Sample lesson: Our Online Tracks

Health: 

History/Social Science/Current Events:

We’ve come to realize that we all need digital citizenship and media literacy skills along with tips for protecting our online privacy. We appreciate all the resources Common Sense offers parents. We would also like to acknowledge several other organizations for their invaluable #digcit resources for adults:

  • Cyberbullying Research Center – Researchers Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin continually update their findings on cyberbullying. Their resources for educators range from creating a positive school climate to understanding the alarming rise in sexting.
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) – A year ago, ISTE CEO Richard Culatta made an on-going commitment to keep digital citizenship at the forefront on technology integration via #digcitcommit. ISTE has also woven digital citizenship into their Technology Standards.
  • iKeepSafe – The Internet Keep Safe Coalition© (iKeepSafe) certifies digital products as compliant with state and federal requirements for handling protected personal information.
  • The Privacy Project – From the New York Times, this is a great online newsletter for updates on a variety of privacy issues.

If you are available on Wednesday, October 16, we hope you can join the EGUSD team for the 7th Annual Stand Up, Speak Out Against Bullying Rally. This event is sponsored by the OCA and the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance and will be held at the California Museum’s Unity Center. This year, 6th grade students from Roy Herburger Elementary will participate in the youth rally.  Click here to see highlights from last year’s event.

Stand Up Speak Out Event

Stand Up Speak Out! 7th Annual Youth Rally
Wednesday, October 16, 2018
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CA Museum – Unity Center
1020 O Street, Downtown Sacramento


We are looking forward to showcasing what our schools are doing, including how they celebrated Digital Citizenship Week, part of National Bullying Prevention MonthPlease add to the conversation and resources by leaving a comment below.

“Digital citizens think critically about what they see online, understand the benefits and risks of sharing information, and balance screen time with other activities. But digital citizens aren’t born—they’re taught by teachers like you!” Common Sense

#DigCit in the 2019-2020 School Year

As students and staff settle into the school year, we thought we’d share some of the new resources we’ve gathered over the summer, from attending the ISTE 2019 (International Society for Technology Education) Conference, to Common Sense releasing their new curriculum. Once again digital citizenship is brought to the forefront.

We are honored and excited to have played a role in the development of media literacy resources via our connection with Common Sense Education. An example would be Hoaxes and Fakes – a 9th grade lesson that pulls from our 2016 Saturday Seminar – Digital Kids, Digital Classrooms session on fake news.

While this lesson can be taught as a stand-alone, it can also be integrated into a science, English or history/social studies class to bring an awareness to media literacy as an essential skill for today’s research projects.

Fact vs. Fiction

Fact VS. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News includes examples from a variety of educators (elementary through higher ed) who demonstrate how to tackle fake news with students and colleagues. We’ve added an (autographed) copy of Jennifer Lagarde and Darren Hudgins’ book to our digital citizenship library.

We would also like the share a recent video on #deepfakes from U.C. Berkeley Professor Hany Farid:

Farid created this eight minute crash course on detecting “fakery” in photos and videos as a resource for grades 5 through adult.

You might enjoy putting the skills and tips Farid has shared into action by playing the below games:

  • Factitious – A fast-moving game, players swipe left when they think the article in front of them is fake, and right when they believe it’s real (Developed by American University Game Lab)
  • whichfaceisreal.com – Game challenges you to see if you can tell a real face from an A.I. fake. (Developed by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington)
  • Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda – A “user-generated content website” for teaching and learning about propaganda. Students and teachers are invited to upload and share samples of propaganda from their own communities. (Developed by Media literacy advocate and author Renee Hobbs)

When is your brain ready for social media? – Common Sense, KQED and PBS have collaborated on a video to bring awareness to what rights students are giving up when they “Accept” the terms of use for 13+ apps, games, etc. The video could be a great conversation starter on privacy issues.

Common Sense continues to create wonderful resources to bring parents into digital citizenship conversations. We love the new Tech Balance app for parents of 3-8 year-olds. Parents can receive free text message tips about how their family can practice healthy media habits at home. Common Sense’s Research section is continually updated with “reliable, independent data on children’s use of media and technology and the impact it has on their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.”

Tech Balance

If you’ve found any new resources over the summer for us to take a look at, please reach out via comments below.

Wishing everyone a great start to the new school year.

Social Media, Cyberbullying and the Role of the Bystander – Change Is Coming

Throughout history, the role of the bystander has been attributed to inciting countless bad things. Today, bystanders are involved in most cyberbullying incidents – with no consequences for their actions or lack of action. Change is coming. We recently attended a Parent Night presentation at Joseph Kerr Middle School (JKMS) from the Organization for Social Media Safety (SMS). We were happy to meet some of the parents, PTA members, JKMS staff and leadership students in attendance.

Joseph Kerr Middle School Social Media Safety Parent Night

Ed Peisner, a father, who founded SMS in 2017, opened his presentation with a short video to explain the organization’s mission.

In response to the 2017 vicious, debilitating attack on his son Jordan, which was filmed by the attacker’s friend and then uploaded to social media (Snapchat), Ed took action. In addition to forming the SMS, he dedicated himself to working with public policy. Within the year, and in collaboration with California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, Ed spearheaded the passing of AB 1542, AKA Jordan’s Law. The law makes it a criminal offense to deliberately record an attack for the purpose of posting it on social media, and, in some cases, the person filming and posting the video (bystanders) could also be charged.

Ed Peisner from The Organization for Social Media Safety

Peisner views AB 1542 as a step forward for change. But he’s not stopping there. He is currently working on “groundbreaking social media safety legislation at the state level and with local school boards on enhancing social media safety policies.”

In Jordan’s case, only the perpetrator, who did not even know Jordan, was charged with a crime.  The bystanders, including the young woman partnering with the perpetrator to film the attack, were not charged. Typically the perpetrators commit the act of bullying/cyberbullying and recording/posting to social media for the purpose of gaining “likes”, more important to them than the consequences of their actions.  Without the bystanders, the attack on Jordan would likely not have happened. It is because of bystanders that history all too often repeats itself.

We recommend visiting the SMS website and signing up for their newsletter. We’re also following the organization on Facebook and Twitter to help keep on top of the ever-changing social media issues that impact the lives and safety of our students and their families.

We look forward to next year’s student rally at JKMS with Ed Peisner and enthusiastically support the work and goals of SMS:

SMS is the nation’s first non-profit that serves as a consumer protection organization focused solely on social media safety. SMS protects families from all social media-related dangers including cyberbullying, violence, hate speech, human trafficking, and propaganda through innovative educational programming, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and technology development.” 


Cyberbullying Prevention – 5 Things Parents Can Do
  • Help your child be an upstander — not a bystander. Children are hesitant to get involved, in case the bully turns their sights on them. But there are ways to allow your child to work behind the scenes to reach out to the victim, get an adult involved, and prevent more cruel behavior.
  • Teach your child empathy. Nothing drives home a point faster than walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. If children truly understand what someone else is going through, they’re less likely to bully someone — or passively witness others being bullied.
  • Help children understand the line between funny and cruel. Children’s online communication is often purposely ambiguous or accidentally cruel — both of which can lead to misunderstandings. If drama starts brewing, ask your child to call or speak face to face with his/her friend to clear it up.
  • Make sure they talk to someone (even if it’s not you). As children enter the middle school years, their circle of friends and trusted adults widens. Children need a responsible adult to confide in — their school counselor, their music teacher, even the parent of a friend. Talk to your children about who they can go to if trouble is brewing.
  • Show your child how to stop cyberbullying. Tell children not to respond or retaliate. Not feeding the bully can stop the cycle. And — if anything does happen — save the evidence.

Source: Common Sense

Top Social Media Safety Tips
  • Keep your social media pages on private. Double check they are on private.
  • Turn off geo-tagging on your social media posts.
  • Do not let your teen “friend” people they do not directly know. Teens should NEVER make plans to meet someone they met on social media.
  • Report inappropriate content (bullying, hate speech, obscenity) to the social media platform AND block the poster, while still saving the evidence.

Source: Organization for Social Media Safety (SMS)

For more cyberbullying and social media information and resources, please visit the cyberbullying  and social media 101 pages of our website.

#CUE19 – A few #DigCit takeaways

Attending a CUE conference is always worth the 9-hour drive from Elk Grove, CA to Palm Springs, CA. Last week’s #CUE19 three-day conference delivered on the promise to provide “dozens of workshops – hundreds of sessions – countless memories” – along with a number of digital citizenship/media literacy takeaways:

Got DigCit? 

As the co-directors of EGUSD’s Digital Citizenship Program, we really value opportunities to learn about ways other districts are weaving #DigCit into the school day, so we were excited to attend Ben Cogswell and Norma Gamez’s session.

If you check out their presentation, you will see that in addition to pulling lessons and resources from Common Sense and other organizations, they even create their own:

They also brought up a good point on the two ways we need to be rolling out digital citizenship – Explicit: Planned Lessons and Emergent: In the Moment:

planned lesson vs. in the moment

We’re looking forward to attending Ben and Norma’s session at Monterey Bay CUE’s May 18 DigCit Summit in Salinas, CA.

Session 5: Thinking Critically about the (Fake) News

It’s always a privilege to join Rob Appel and Kelly Mendoza for a #DigCit/#MediaLiteracy presentation. We were excited to present to a packed room full of educators enthusiastic about gathering new resources for this rapidly changing topic.

Thinking Critically Presentation

Over the past year, we have continued to update and add to our media literacy resources, with the goal of providing tips for helping students (and ourselves) step out of “filter bubbles,” use effective search skills, and become fact-checking pros (and lateral readers).

If you didn’t make it to our session, here’s the link to our session resources. We hope you can join us at the May 18 #DigCit Summit.

Can I Use That? Exploring Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons 

If you were one of our participants, thank you for your great questions and your interest in the topic. We wish this had been a 90-minute session. It’s always a challenge to pack all the information into an hour.

As essential as this topic is to media literacy/digital citizenship programs, we are finding that educators are still not feeling fully confident of their understanding of copyright, their ability to flex their fair use muscles, and their understanding of Creative Commons best practices. It was exciting at the end of our session to have a number of participants ask if they could use our presentation … the following Monday.

In addition to offering our sessions at national conferences, making sure Elk Grove Unified teachers and administrators have options within the district to attend our workshops is a top priority. We will be updating the ERO schedule soon with our next round of workshops and will also post the dates, times, and locations here on the website.

“I think the classroom teacher has a unique opportunity to introduce media literacy concepts and critical thinking questions every time they teach with images, film, video, news, advertising and the Internet.” Frank Baker, Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Online Challenges and Social Media

The purpose of this post is to inform you about the student “challenges” being shared throughout social media. Our student’s well-being and safety remains a top priority, and as a Common Sense Media certified district in digital citizenship, we want to make you aware of specific “challenges” noted in an article published by commonsensemedia.org that have caused concern in many school districts.

According to the article, specific “challenges” are trending among teens, going viral on social media and, “these stunts range from harmless to horrifying.” Below are some of the “horrifying challenges” that you should be aware of: (Article: 13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About, written by CSM’s Senior Editor of Parent Education, Christine Elgersma.)

Frightening Challenges

  • Momo Challenge
  • Choking/Fainting/Pass-Out Challenge
  • Tide Pod Challenge
  • Blue Whale Challenge

What to Do About Addressing These Challenges with Your Child

  • Talk about it.
  • Get them to think.
  • Acknowledge peer pressure.
  • Stay (somewhat) up to date.
  • Model responsible online habits.

Besides the resources available here on our Digital Citizenship website, the following District PBIS resources are available for you to use to assist you in speaking with your child about maintaining healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy learning:

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your school or reach out to EGUSD Student Services (916) 686-7780.

How Can a Distracted Generation Learn Anything? – An Interview with BBC

Two weeks ago, thanks to a referral from Common Sense, we received an email from Nicholas Mancall-Bitel, a freelance writer, working on an article for BBC Capital about the challenges of teaching Gen Z (ages 10-24) and Gen Alpha (ages 0-9) students.

On the topic of teaching to a “distracted generation,” Mancall-Bitel’s focus was on how teachers can engage young digital natives who grew up with apps, videos, screens, social media and other digital platforms on a daily basis. He was looking to identify particular obstacles teachers face today in teaching digital natives, as well as the ways teachers have integrated digital citizenship and new educational media into classes in order to engage Gen Z and Gen Alpha students.

Mobile phone with apps

We connected for an interview on February 11; on February 20, How Can a Distracted Generation Learn Anything? was posted to the BBC website.

We are always looking for opportunities – like Nicholas Mancall-Bitel’s request – to showcase the work of EGUSD teachers who develop innovative, meaningful ways of meeting their students’ needs. We immediately reached out to several teachers for their thoughts, which we in turn shared during our phone interview.

Cathe Petuya – Computer Resource Teacher, Herman Leimbach Elementary School shared the following:

“Yes, our students today are distracted. They are used to fast-paced programming without time for reflection or even polite debate.  This practice has left them with a strong desire to bond with others on a more personal level but without the skills to do it in a healthy way. My teaching is all about the relationships I build with my students. Nothing matters until they know they matter to me.

Today’s students have been fed a steady diet of “fast food” in every facet of their lives. The gift of time has been cast aside for the misguided goal of accomplishing more sooner.  We have to realize that children’s physical and emotional development can’t be rushed, but it can be derailed. And that is what is present in my classroom every day.  

Deeper learning occurs during periods of reflection.  More information is retained when it is connected to a story.  It is how humans are wired.  So I try to embed opportunities for students to talk often, listen to others, and respond with a personal connection.  By focusing on these needs, I know I can create an environment where students trust me and their classmates so they feel safe to take risks and try again when they stumble.

VoiceThread and Seesaw, the Learning Journal, are my top go-tos  for getting students to reflect and respond. They work perfectly for any age group and on any topic and on any device. The point of those options is for students to tell their story and connect with others beyond the classroom.  It is the perfect way to expand their vision of what could be and practice kindness and consideration for others – a key component of learning digital citizenship. Adding in video production reveals many more layers of skills to be built through collaboration, planning, and performance. Kids want to do and share and be known.  Tech used in the right way can make all that happen and so much more.”

Conrad Bituin – 6th Grade Teacher, Maeola Beitzel Elementary shared the following five suggestions:

  • Most important thing for me is to try to incorporate their “outside” interests into assignments, or even just into the class discussion. This starts with relationship building, and ends with authentic differentiation.
  • More technology related – I use what some would call “app smashing” (See https://k12technology.weebly.com/app-smashing.html). I try different combinations of technology tools to create an experience for the student. YouTube is great, until you get to the 10th video – then it’s “just another YouTube video.” Combining various tools and technologies allows the student to experience content in different ways.
  • I try to keep in mind that just because many of our students are digital natives that have only known life with a device, this doesn’t translate to being successful in every aspect of technology. We still have conversations about appropriate use, class expectations, and effective use of technology (just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should). I also keep this in mind when introducing new applications – many students still need to be instructed on how to use the system, and when.
  • The old educational adage “voice and choice” can also be harnessed in limitless combinations through the use of technology!

Erica Swift – 6th Grade Teacher, Herman Leimbach Elementary School spoke directly to Mancall-Bitel and was quoted in the article several times.


Building relationships and cultivating a culture of kindness was a common thread. When both of these factors are in place, student engagement is likely to happen and schools witness positive digital citizenship in action.

Teaching to a “distracted generation” is a reality and an ever-changing challenge. We are pretty sure if you read the BBC article and the additional insights shared in this post, you will start the week with new ideas to best engage your easily distracted students in whatever topic or subject you are addressing. It is our hope that this post will lead to an ongoing discussion on tips and best practices for building and maintaining student engagement. Please share any insights or resources you might have in the comments below.

EGUSD Educators #DigCitCommit for #DigCitWeek

Educators throughout Elk Grove Unified guided and supported students through numerous #DigCitWeek activities. Some of the activities represent projects that students will continue their involvement in throughout the school year, while other activities were specifically inspired by the October 15-19 Digital Citizenship Week timeframe.

As you can see from the samples below, elementary, middle and high school students and staff celebrated this national event.

Harriet Eddy Students attend SF Google Headquarters

Harriet Eddy and Katherine Albiani Middle Schools – #ICANHELP

At many of our middle schools, students have attended or will be attending, #ICANHELP rallies. #ICANHELP is a national organization dedicated to helping tweens and teens use social media for good. At Harriet Eddy MS, a team of students recently traveled to San Francisco Google Headquarters to participate in a day where “world changers, transformation seekers, and positivity makers” met to celebrate student voice and digital leadership. #digital4good

“During my time at the #digital4good workshop, I learned many new things and was inspired in different ways.  I learned that it’s extremely important to be smart and have a positive presence online… During our gathering I thought to myself on how I could bring the positivity kids have brought to their schools, to mine. One example I thought about was sticky noting teachers cars and doors with positive things along with starting a club at our school to overall just spread #digital4good.  This workshop also inspired me to bring good to my school because when I saw all the amazing things kids have done to create a better environment, I believed that if they did what I never imagined possible,  I must be able to do it too.  Overall the gathering for #digital4good was an amazing experience and showed me many different stories.” – Beck, 8th Grade – HEMS


Roy Herburger and Sierra Enterprise Elementary SchoolsStand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally

We had the opportunity to attend this past Wednesday’s 6th Annual Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally at the California Museum’s Unity Center with students from Roy Herburger and Sierra Enterprise Elementary Schools.

The Unity Center is a dedicated space for celebrating California’s “diverse people, customs and cultures.” The annual rally has been a long-time priority for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. His coalition brings together Sacramento school districts to educate students on the importance of taking a stand against bullying/cyberbullying and all forms of intolerance.

EGUSD Students line up to get into the CA Museum Unity Center

Students are greeted by Museum docents as they enter the Unity Center. 

Through the center’s interactive media exhibits, advocacy tools and educational programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others.

Sierra Enterprise Students at the CA Museum Unity Center

Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally

Students from Sierra Enterprise Elementary shared their takeaways from the day…

“It doesn’t matter whether you are black, white, Asian, Arab, Hispanic, gay, straight, bi, Christian, atheist, Muslim, Jewish, skinny, fat, tall, short, male, female, where you live, who you live with, what you like to do, or anything in between – I don’t care, as long as you’re a good person, we’ll get along just fine.”  – Miricah, 6th Grade

“The most important thing I learned was that anyone and everyone can make a difference.” – Teresa, 6th Grade

“I learned how important it is to stand up and speak out against bullying. Be kind and treat each other with respect.” – Faith, 6th Grade

“Being there made me think that I’m lucky to be in the school I’m in because in my school they teach all of us how to be kind. I’m glad my school is bullying free.” – Karol, 6th Grade


Markofer Elementary Mustang News – Video Creation

We’ve long recognized that the most powerful teaching method is students teaching students, especially around issues of bullying/cyberbullying. The 6th Grade Morning News Team at Markofer Elementary have stepped up, focusing on digital citizenship themes, to produce a set of videos available to their classmates and beyond via their YouTube channel. Although Markofer teacher Tammy Null is a master at making the best of what equipment she has gathered, her in-classroom studio was given a needed upgrade this year with a SEVA grant through SECC – Our local Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium.

One of the topics Markofer students addressed for #DigCitWeek was the importance of building a positive digital footprint.


Joseph Kerr Middle School – #DigCitWeek Daily Discussion/Action Starters and Video Creation
Joseph Kerr Middle School students participated in daily discussions based on digital/global topics provided by Activities Director Chris Perris.

  • Monday – The Power of a Positive Post: Take a minute to tell us why #JKMSRocks
  • Trustworthy Tuesday: Take some time and do legitimate research online on something that interests you or one of your friends. Use a reliable news source and tell someone about it.

Fake News

  • World Wide Wednesday:  Learn about a problem going on in the world currently and think of ways you could contribute to ending it and if possible put that idea into action.
  • Think It Over Thursday: Take only 5 minutes out of your day and learn about some of the positives and negatives of social media to help keep you out of trouble.
  • Fab Friday: Leave one of your friends a message telling them how good of a person they are and what they mean to you.

JKMS Leadership students, under Chris’s supervision, took things one step further. They decided to take on rumors and fake news as a topic for their upcoming short film. Below is a behind the scenes photo – we will be posting a link once their editing is completed.

JKMS Leadership Students


Herman Leimbach Elementary – VoiceThread
The Make Your Mark VoiceThread is from a group of 2nd graders, who reflected on the Peter H. Reynolds’ award-winning story The Dot by creating their own Dot stories, using Google Slides as their drafting board and then importing the slides into a VoiceThread – and in the process, began building a positive digital footprint for their ePortfolios. The students also put into practice, with no prompting from Computer Resource Teacher (CRT) Cathe Petuya, how to respectfully comment and add to an online conversation.


Maeola Beitzel and Irene B. West Computer Labs – Student Activities
CRT Ken Lagomarsino taught Betizel students grade-level appropriate “Quick-Start Activities” from Common Sense, providing every student the opportunity to earn – and proudly display – their  “Digital Passport and Digital Compass” badges.

Fourth grade students at Irene B. West had the opportunity to participate in Google’s Interland Challenge during CRT Uyen Villa’s computer lab sessions.  

Every student in grades 3-6 explored the four interactive worlds in Interland and earned their certificates, proving themselves to Be Internet Awesome Each land focuses on a fundamental skill that is key to becoming good digital citizens.

  • Kind Kingdom – It’s Cool to Be Kind
  • Reality River – Don’t Fall for Fake
  • Mindful Mountain – Share with Care
  • Tower of Treasure – Secure Your Secrets

Uyen’s students shared a few thoughts about what they learned in the Interland Challenge.

“In Interland, I learned to be kind to everyone and help make the internet a better place by reporting bullying or teasing.  I also learned to stay safe online by not telling private information to strangers and to watch out for scams, fake messages, and other suspicious looking games and websites online.”  – Leiann May, 4th Grade

“I have learned it’s important to have a strong password. The Kind Land also taught me it’s important to be kind and not a bully.”– Bao, 4th Grade


Monterey Trail High School – Media Literacy
Media literacy was the focus over at MTHS for #DigCitWeek, with librarian Karin Ledford leading the charge. Each day of the week, she provided teachers with links to lessons and resources by sending out a daily template with a media literacy Word/Phrase of the Day, an Article of the Day, a Video of the Day, a Fake Website of the Day and a Fake News Story of the Day for teachers to pull from to use in their classrooms.

Media Literacy at MTHS Google Doc


Las Flores – Staff Training/Copyright
An email from teacher Joan Siddens reminded us that it’s not just students who need to be aware of digital citizenship issues and resources. Teachers also need training. With fake news being front and center, and cyberbullying on the rise, we all need to be teaching and practicing good digital citizenship. Joan reached out to us for permission to pull some content from our copyright/fair use and media literacy resources to use in her presentation for an upcoming staff meeting.

Las Flores Staff Training on Copyright


We at Elk Grove Unified celebrated another successful Digital Citizenship Week. We were happy to share (boast about) good things happening at our schools during a recent national webinar sponsored by EdWeb, Common Sense and ISTE that we participated in as presenters. As we shared specific examples of #DigCit in action, people from all over the world joined in the chatroom, leaving very positive comments and praising our teachers for the work they do. Participating in the Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying Youth Rally was the high point of #DigCitWeek for us and reinforced our #DigCitCommit for the 2018-19 school year.

Digital Citizenship Week: Oct.15-19

Digital Citizenship Week

All of our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Site Coordinators have been busy submitting their site implementation plans for the 2018-19 school year. We are looking forward to showcasing what our schools do to celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, part of National Bullying Prevention Month. We are also excited by a recent invitation from EdWeb, Common Sense and ISTE to participate in their national webinar highlighting digital citizenship week activities.

We invite you to explore some of the below resources, which may inspire you to try something new during Digital Citizenship Week.


California Department of Education

The California Department of Education, in collaboration with Common Sense Media and the California State legislature, will celebrate Digital Citizenship Week: October 15-19, 2018. This celebration will continue to emphasize ongoing efforts to empower students in the areas of critical thinking, online safety, and responsible use of technology at school and at home.

This year’s topics include:

  1. Online Privacy
  2. Media/Online Literacy
  3. Anti-Bullying
  4. Positive Online Communities/Digital Leadership

The CDE’s weekly plan of events for Digital Citizenship Week provides links to Common Sense Media Lessons for educators and family resource/activity links in both English and Spanish. You can download the Digital Citizenship Weekly Plan from their website.
Note: The CDE’s weekly plan links to the old Common Sense lessons for grades 3-5. The pages have warning messages letting users know that they have updated their curriculum for grades 3-5, with links to the new lessons. Be sure you use the new/updated lessons. The updated curriculum addresses these six topics: Media Balance & Well-Being; Privacy & Security; Digital Footprint & Identity; Relationships & Communication; Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech; and News & Media Literacy.


Common Sense Media – Digital Citizenship Week

What’s New?
In the eight years since Common Sense launched their K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, they’ve responded to educator needs and concerns related to the rapidly changing digital landscape. We’re pleased to announce a significant update to their curriculum built on new research with Harvard’s Project Zero to make sure educators have the best resources to prepare today’s students for success. “Whether you’re new to our curriculum or have been using it for years, we think you’ll be excited to learn more.” – Common Sense Media

The updated Common Sense K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum will be released in phases over the course of the 2018–2019 school year. Here’s when you can expect the lessons to launch.

  • August 15: Grades 3–5 lessons are available now
  • January: Grades 6–8 lessons launch.
  • Fall 2019: Grades K–2 and 9–12 lessons launch.

Learn more about the new updates to the curriculum on CSM’s website.

Digital Passport:
September 25, 2018 – The Digital Passport™ update is here! CSM’s award-winning suite of interactive games for grades 3–5 is now easier to use and even includes Mix-n-Mash, a great resource for a lesson on copyright/creative credit.

Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

Students will:

  • Learn about copyright, credit, and plagiarism and apply their knowledge to their own creative work.
  • Reflect on the ethical importance of giving credit to others for their work.
  • Determine how to receive credit for their digital creations.

Twitter

Educators – Are you following #DigCit on Twitter?

Following Twitter hashtags such as #DigCit will bring up collective resources and conversations. If you would like to delve into digital citizenship issues via a Professional Learning Network (PLN), Twitter is a great starting point.


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

At ISTE 2018, ISTE CEO Richard Culatta challenged every educator to commit to doing one thing to push digital citizenship to the forefront for every student by sharing their commitment with #DigCitCommit. Many educators took up the challenge and shared their plans on social media. Be sure to follow the #DigCitCommit hashtag.

ISTE Article (September 28, 2018) 4 ways to fuel your #DigCitCommit – By Lauren Villaluz and Vanessa Monterosa


Stand Up Speak Out! Against Bullying

Stand Up Speak Out Poster

In 2011, OCA Sacramento and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (now Mayor Steinberg) founded the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance. The Coalition’s signature event is the Stand Up Speak Out! Annual Anti-Bullying Rally during National Bullying Prevention Month (October).  Elk Grove Unified students from Roy Herburger Elementary and Sierra Enterprise Elementary will participate in the youth rally.  This year’s event takes place at the California Museum – Unity Center.

Stand Up Speak Out! 6th Annual Youth Rally
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
CA Museum – Unity Center
1020 O Street, Downtown Sacramento

Download the Flyer


We’ve included lots of great resources for you to explore. As always, if you have additional resources to share, please leave a comment below.

Digital Citizenship in the 2018-2019 School Year

As a district, EGUSD has long recognized the importance of teaching and modeling positive digital citizenship. Other districts have even reached out to us for guidance in implementing a K-12 program and working towards Common Sense District certification, which EGUSD has earned for another year.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of the Elk Grove Unified School District for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education. The Elk Grove Unified School District deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.” – Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education.

Common Sense District Banner

Three main steps that have helped us to achieve our Digital Citizenship Initiative goals include:

Step 1: Require every school site to designate a Digital Citizenship Site Coordinator.

Step 2: Require every site, at the beginning of the school year, to submit a Digital Citizenship Implementation Plan (via a Google Form) stating how the site plans to teach digital citizenship (i.e., identifying lessons per grade level, determining when and where each will be taught: within the core curriculum, during Advocacy, through various school events, parent outreach nights, etc.).

Step 3: Require every principal, at the end of the school year, to sign and submit to the district coordinator(s) a Digital Citizenship Verification Form stating that digital citizenship has been taught at his/her school .

We truly appreciate and want to acknowledge the efforts of our Site Coordinators (Step 1) in building impactiful digital citizenship programs for their schools, and in facilitating Steps 2 and 3.

Hello, world, we are digital citizens. Students embracing each other

Source: Common Sense

With so many of our sites tapping into Common Sense lessons and resources, we’re pleased to announce a significant update for the 2018-2019 school year to their curriculum, built on new research with Harvard’s Project Z. The curriculum materials are now available as Google Docs, including lesson quizzes in Google Forms. Besides being able to download, edit, and add lesson materials using Google Drive, teachers can also share student videos and interactives to Google Classroom. The updated curriculum is being released in phases over the course of the school year:

  • August 15: Grades 3–5 lessons are available now!
  • January: Grades 6–8 lessons launch.
  • Fall 2019: Grades K–2 and 9–12 lessons launch.

To learn more about the updates, visit CSM’s website. We’ve also posted the CSM lesson scope and sequence on our Digital Citizenship Curriculum SiteNote: Access to the Digital Citizenship Curriculum Google Site is limited to EGUSD staff only. You must use your district Google account to login.

Across the district, EGUSD students are putting their #DigCit skills into action to make a difference at their schools. It’s exciting to find a Facebook post or a Tweet showcasing school-based examples, such as KAMS students kicking off the new school year with their “3Be’s focus.”

Albiani Middle School students kick off the 2018-2019 school year.

How are students flexing their digital citizenship muscles at your school? We would love to showcase their stories! Please leave a comment if you have examples to share.

P.S. For a little #DigCit inspiration, here’s a short video from two high school teachers in Plano, Texas: #DigCi Rap.

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