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Digital Citizenship in a Time of #RemoteLearning

With more people than ever spending time and communicating online due to the COVID-19 virus “stay at home/shelter in place” orders throughout the country, it is important to remember basic media literacy skills and digital citizenship/internet safety guidelines when reading news articles, doing research, exploring new websites, apps and using online tools. Distance Learning Graphic

As we move into a time of #RemoteLearning, please keep in mind – and put into practice – the tips listed below:

  • Flex your media literacy muscles – Do not believe everything you read; fact check your sources before sharing articles or news stories online. Allsides, News Literacy Project, Politifact and Snopes are great starting points. Explore our curated Media Literacy Resources to learn more.
  • Protect your passwords – Do not share them with friends (not even with your best friend). 
  • Protect your personal information – Put on your “skepticals” before signing up for “freemium” offers for online apps – especially if they’re asking for credit card information.
  • Respect other people’s privacy, point of view, and intellectual property.
  • Contribute in positive ways to online discussions – Here are some sentence starters from ReadWriteThink: Writers… Written Conversation Sentence Starters.
  • Create a balance with your screen time and other activities. 

The need for kids to take control of and be mindful of their screen time is a huge concern shared by families, teachers, and administrators. Of course, kids will go through periods of both heavy and light media use, but it’s all about balance. #RemoteLearning should not be limited to digital resources, but rather a combination of digital and analog. Working together, we can help our kids maintain a healthy media balance.

#RemoteLearning should also be a balance between consuming content and creating content. As kids have more time to explore hobbies and interests, this is a perfect time to share their ideas, thoughts, and passions with family members, classmates, and friends through a variety of media (handwritten, texted, recorded, etc.). 

#RemoteLearning is also an opportunity for students to start building an awareness beyond their current world view. Many organizations offer students a safe venue for connecting to and sharing their learning with national and worldwide online communities. From our regional SECC’s Call to Action: Share Your Story to the Center for Media Literacy’s Mind Over Media Challenge, kids can use the Internet to share their voice with an authentic audience – transitioning in the process from a digital citizen to a global citizen.

We would love to showcase examples of how you have implemented any or all of our tips. We invite you to leave a comment with your examples – or perhaps additional tips you have found to be useful.

New Curriculum for Empowering Students to Protect Their Online Privacy

Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to attend the EdTechTeam Google Summit at Roseville High School, where we learned about Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum.

This newest project from the EdTechTeam has three big selling points: The lessons are correlated to ISTE Standards and Integrated with Google Classroom, with an emphasis on digital citizenship. The lessons address timely, relevant topics (e.g., from conducting research and writing a report – to creating a budget spreadsheet) and are easily adaptable to a range of grade levels (including adults) and subject areas.

So far, we have explored the If-Then Adventure Story unit, which fits beautifully into both English/Language Arts as well as History/Social Science. This weekend, during our What You Should Know Before Clicking “I Accept” Saturday Seminar session for EGUSD staff, we’ll be sharing the Technology, Ethics, and Security lesson.

Sample lesson from Google's Applied Digital Skills.

Sample lesson from Google’s Applied Digital Skills.

 

The lesson objectives begin with an emphasis on protecting student privacy:

  • Explore all sides of the topic they choose related to technology, ethics, and security
  • Explain technology’s risks and dangers, and consider solutions to keep users safe
  • Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
  • Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

We are impressed with the Applied Digital Skills Curriculum for both the digital citizenship connections and the real-life connections. If you pilot any of the lessons, we would welcome and value any feedback on the program. Please jump in with comments.


Did you Know?

Did you know that Monday, January 28, 2019 is Data Privacy Day“Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.” – Stay Safe Online, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

We are continuing our efforts to provide resources on this important topic and focus area (Protecting Online Privacy) of our digital citizenship program.  Stay Safe Online has some great resources, including an eye-catching, informative infographic. To see the expanded infographic, click on the image below.

Data Privacy Day Infographic

“Personal Information is like money. Value it. Protect it.”  – StaySafeOnline.org

It’s exciting to see a growing bank of resources that addresses a timely topic. We appreciate the work that Common Sense and Google have put into developing engaging lessons. Please let us know if you have additional resources to share.

 

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