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Digital Citizenship Week – October 19–23, 2020

Digital Citizenship Week

Common Sense Media sums it up in one sentence…

“This year more than ever, we are all digital citizens.”

While the transition from in-person learning to distance learning has been challenging for everyone, EGUSD teachers have already shared that online learning has led to impactful conversations about digital citizenship in the online classroom communities they have created. 

Digital Citizenship Week starts on Monday, October 19 and there’s no better time for teachers and parents/guardians to help students learn how to participate safely and responsibly online. 

All EGUSD schools are getting ready to submit their 2020-21 Digital Citizenship Site Implementation Plans to explain how they will incorporate digital citizenship into their core curriculum, Zoom and Google Meet sessions. 

If you are looking for resources to help support your students/children, Common Sense has created a wonderful web page for Digital Citizenship Week. It includes activities for elementary, middle and high school students and families. You can also follow @CommonSenseEd on Twitter to participate in all of the Digital Citizenship Week fun through social media.

Nearpod and Flocabulary have also curated free resources for Digital Citizenship Week.

On top of Digital Citizenship Week, October is also National Bullying Prevention and Character Education Month. EGUSD and the California Department of Education (CDE) have many bullying/cyberbullying prevention and character education resources available online that tie all three events together. We encourage you to check them out.

Our EGUSD Curriculum and Professional Learning Department has also created some ready to use Character Education lesson plans for EGUSD staff that include Common Sense lessons aligned to each pillar of character. Students will have the opportunity to share their ideas through word clouds.  As students complete lessons, each letter below will be updated using the words of students and classes from across our district. We are a diverse community working together to be trustworthy, caring, responsible, fair, and respectful citizens.

EGUSD Word Cloud

We encourage you to continue challenging your students/children to practice digital citizenship in their daily lives – whether it be for class assignments or while hanging out with their friends through online gaming or social media. 

As always, if you have any questions, comments or resources to share, please leave a comment below. 

Navigating Election News/Media – Preparing Students to Become Informed & Engaged Voters

On Sept. 1, 2020 the EGUSD Board of Education passed Resolution No. 15 – High School Voter Education Weeks declaring September 14‐25, 2020, as High School Voter Education Weeks – encouraging schools throughout EGUSD to participate in programs and activities that help get eligible students registered to vote, while encouraging others to become informed and passionate citizens committed to being active voters once they reach voting age.

Just as the act of voting is such an important part of civic life, so, too, are the traits that make for an educated voter so critical – traits such as discernment, thoughtful deliberation, fair assessment, and the desire to be fully informed on the issues before casting a ballot.

In a recent survey of young voters conducted by Common Sense, they found that only about a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds say they know where to get unbiased information about issues and candidates. 

From deepfakes and misinformation campaigns to political ads and biased news coverage, it’s difficult to cut through the noise to find the facts. And with social media platforms allowing the spread of false information to go unchecked, it’s harder than ever to know what’s true—especially about the upcoming election and key issues.

We are excited to share that Common Sense just launched the Young Voter’s Guide to Social Media and the News: to help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage. This new comprehensive guide provides everything from conversation starters to lesson plans to help parents, students, teachers, and community members:

  • Get inspired to make a difference
  • Consider all the ways you can make an impact this election.
  • Browse lesson plans to help your students make sense of social media and the news.
  • Get tips for talking to your teen about voting and the election process

“Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.” – Media Literacy Project

Please also check out our EGUSD Digital Citizenship Media Literacy page for additional resources. As always, if you have additional resources to share, please drop a comment below. 

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


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)
  • – 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.

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.”  –

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.


PBS: We’ll Meet Again – Reiko Nagumo Reunited With Her Upstander

Thanks to an email from Julie Thomas, Library Archivist for California State University, Sacramento, we made sure to be home last Tuesday by 8:00 p.m.

Julie’s subject line was a grabber for us: Reiko Nagumo “We’ll Meet Again.” Her message was short:

“Here is the link to the We’ll Meet Again website and Reiko’s story is highlighted further down the page. I encourage you to tune in at 8:00 (EST and PST) and 7:00 (CST) on your local PBS station. It’s an amazing story about an amazing woman.”

We'll Meet Again TV Show Promo Graphic

We’ll Meet Again is a new PBS series produced and hosted by veteran journalist Ann Curry. The six-part series documents reunions between people whose lives were suddenly disrupted by historic events such as war. Episode 1 features Reiko Nagumo and her childhood friend Mary Frances, who, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, became and upstander for Reiko.

As part of our EGUSD Time of Remembrance oral histories project, we had the privilege of interviewing Reiko 12 years ago. Her interview is one we often share with elementary students. We especially want them to know about Reiko’s friendship with Mary Frances (clip 2, 04:52). It’s a beautiful example of what can happen when a single person takes on the “upstander role” by crossing the line (or playground) to extend a simple act of kindness to someone in need.

The high quality of our interviews is the result of our continued partnership with the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC). We are incredibly grateful to the talent and project dedication of SECC videographer Doug Niva.

Several years ago, following a 3-day trip to the Manzanar internment camp, Doug suggested that we make a short documentary to introduce people to our growing collection of oral history interviews. I’m American Too – A Story from Behind the Fences (16 minutes) includes snippets of Reiko’s interview, along with other internees, whose lives were also overnight and forever changed by Executive Order 9066.

Today, our Time of Remembrance project also includes a Vietnam War section, in which we’ve attempted to capture a little known story: the Secret War in Laos. For a quick overview, watch our 4-minute introduction:

Based on the impact of Reiko’s interview, and in every interview since hers, we always end with the same question: Can you think back to a time in your life (facing exclusion and forced removal, surviving in internment and refugee camps, starting the first day of school in a new country, etc.) when there was someone who stood up for you, making whatever challenges you were dealing with a little easier to cope with?

We are firm believers in the power of a single upstander to make a profound difference in someone’s life – or even change the course of history – and that “it is small things that allow bigger things to happen” (Sam Edleman, Holocaust historian).

The last few months have been painful in our district and city due to a number of hateful, racist incidents, which have been widely publicized through local and national media. To ignite classroom conversations on the exponential negative impact of bystanders, be it face-to-face or online, we invite students across the district, nation, and globe to contribute to our Upstanders, Not Bystanders VoiceThread. We started this VoiceThread a few years ago, and have had an amazing range of contributors, from kindergarten students to humanitarian Carl Wilkens. And, yes, Reiko Nagumo has already shared on our Voice Thread.

Note: A VoiceThread is like a visual podcast. Once you register with VoiceThread for a free account (a process that takes only a couple of minutes), you will be able to post a comment via voice, text, or webcam. Your comment will go “live” as soon as we approve it. If you are in a school district, like ours, that is a GSuite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) district, you already have an account, as VoiceThread is now integrated into your district Google account. Head to your Google Apps launcher (waffle) and scroll down to the More section to find the VoiceThread icon.

We look forward to hearing your students’ upstander stories – and yours too! Besides the VoiceThread, you can also leave a comment on this post. We’d love to showcase any projects or programs you are implementing in your schools to promote tolerance, respect, empathy, inclusion and global citizenship. If you need lessons or resources to begin conversations on the role of the bystander vs. upstander, Common Sense Education is a great starting point.

In the Classroom: Lessons/Resources
Be Internet Awesome – Itʼs Cool to Be Kind: How can I be an upstander? (Primary Grades) – Google | iKeepSafe curriculum – scroll to page 39.
Be an Upstander (Primary Grades) – Video by the NED show, gives four tips that help kids go from bystander to upstander. 
Hero in the Hallway (Elementary) – Video created by a team of high school and college students to empower younger students to take a stand against bullying and exclusion.
Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (Grades 6-8) – Common Sense Education (must create or have account to download the lesson PDF)
Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (Grades 6-8) – Common Sense Education (must create or have account to download the lesson PDF)
Breaking Down Hate Speech (Grades 9-12) – Common Sense Education (must create or have account to download the lesson PDF)
Who is an Upstander (Grades 8-12) – Video created by Facing History and Ourselves

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” ~ Albert Einstein


Teaching Digital Citizenship in 2017-18

We wanted to share a couple of noteworthy resources for the new school year. 

Common Sense Media has created a guide for all teachers: Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning. The guide contains a set of digital dilemmas that students may face at some point in their lives. Sample scenarios, such as the one below, are bundled with discussion questions, digital tools and extension lesson resources.

Erin was home sick from school watching a movie when she looked down at her phone and saw her screen filled with text messages written in capital letters and punctuated with exclamation points. “I HATE YOU!!!

Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship and Social and Emotional Learning

Each discussion question will get students’ thinking and talking about character. Resources within the guide include digital citizenship lesson plans and suggested digital tools for building strengths –  like empathy and perseverance. Extension resources include digital citizenship lesson links that follow CSM’s scope and sequence for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Topics explored include:

  • Social Media & Body Image
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting & Nude Photographs
  • Digital Footprints & Photo Sharing
  • Privacy, Surveillance & Self-Disclosure
  • Sexual Imagery & the Internet
  • Distraction, Multitasking & Time Management
  • Digital Drama
  • Video Games & Violent Content
  • Selfie Culture

Digital citizenship continues to be the fastest changing subject we teach and we appreciate having quality/timely resources to share with our teachers. 

Google has introduced Be Internet Awesome. We had the good fortune to be invited to Google on August 14 to join a team of Googlers and Google Certified Innovators to explore the Be Internet Awesome program and to participate in panel and group discussions on the critical need to be teaching digital citizenship skills –  including media literacy (i.e. “Don’t Fall for Fake”)  – in the 2017-18 school year. As you can see from the video below, the importance of including parents in the conversations is central.

At the heart of the Be Internet Awesome curriculum is Interland, a “playful browser-based game, intended for grades 3-6,  that makes learning about digital safety interactive and fun.” 

Be Internet Awesome - Interland

Award-winning YA author John Green, has even joined the Google team and recorded messages for the Be Internet Awesome Challenge, a video series aimed at igniting conversations in the classroom and at home too on what it means to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online; in other words, how to #BeInternetAwesome. 

The Global Digital Citizenship Foundation is also promoting John Green’s Be Internet Awesome Challenge. The program has also gained recognition from The International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) by awarding #BeInternetAwesome with their Seal of Alignment for Readiness for the 2016 ISTE NETS.

We look forward to showcasing how our teachers and school’s are engaging in impactful discussions stemming from these two resources.

Teaching About Intellectual Property – #Hyperdoc Style

Can I use that? Hyperdoc

We love the many ways teachers in the district are guiding student-centered conversations about building positive digital footprints, protecting online privacy, and confronting cyberbullying. A shout out to Common Sense Media, iKeepSafe, and Netsmartz for the wealth of free resources and lessons you provide to schools on these key digital citizenship topics.

EGUSD’s 4 digital citizenship themes – BY NC SA

There is a fourth digital citizenship topic that many teachers are increasingly recognizing the need to address: intellectual property. By 5th grade, most students have been warned about the consequences of plagiarism, a conversation that is typically repeated throughout their middle and high school days. While plagiarism is certainly an important topic, in a digital age, copyright,  fair use, and Creative Commons also need to be included in the conversations. Given how easy it has become to download, copy, remix, and upload online content, students need to have an understanding of both their intellectual property rights and responsibilities.

Digital ID Project’s 4 digital citizenship foci – BY NC SA

Digital ID Project’s 4 digital citizenship foci – BY NC SA

As a co-directors of the district’s Digital Citizenship initiative and co-curators of the Digital ID project, we are always seeking teacher-friendly/student-friendly resources on intellectual property. We also facilitate district-wide and national workshops ( e.g., CUE and ISTE) to help teachers understand that copyright is different from plagiarism and that fair use and Creative Commons are also options for our students.

Based on questions from workshop participants, two years ago we created Can I Use That? A Guide for Teaching about Creative Commons. We always review the guide prior to a workshop to check if we need to update any information or add new resources. This year, in preparation for the March CUE Conference, we’re adding a #HyperDocs* lesson that invites students to delve into copyright, flex their fair use muscles, and license their own creations via Creative Commons. So here it is: Can I Use That? Exploring Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.

If you have questions about the lesson or suggestions for updates to the Guide, please respond with a comment below.

*#HperDocs is a term invented by @LHighfill. Lisa Highfill was our featured keynote speaker for our EGUSD January 28 Digital Kids, Digital Classrooms Saturday Seminar.

Elementary Digital Citizenship Pilot Program

Common Sense Media announced in August that they had teamed with Nearpod to offer a more interactive version of their digital citizenship curriculum. In partnering with Nearpod, they are able to offer a whole new level of engagement and features for teachers and students. Through open-ended response questions, instantly graded quizzes, interactive polls, homework assignments, videos and the ability to add customized presentations, teachers can interact and respond instantly to teachable moments on all issues of digital citizenship. Teachers can also see the results of their students in real-time and can run post-lesson reports.

Several EGUSD computer resource teachers showed an interest in wanting to explore Nearpod as a way to deliver the already-in-use Common Sense Media lessons,  so we reached out to Nearpod to set up a hands-on training/tour of the lessons.

Nearpod Google Hangout

A small group of computer resource teachers/digital citizenship coordinators volunteered to attend a Google hangout session with Nearpod to tour the app’s features. We will be piloting (at no cost) the fee-based Common Sense Media/Nearpod digital citizenship curriculum at five of our elementary schools over the next several months:

  • Edna Batey Elementary School
  • Helen Carr Castello Elementary
  • Elk Grove Elementary
  • Elliott Ranch Elementary
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary

Click here to view a sample Common Sense Media/Nearpod lesson – Grades 3-5 – Super Digital Citizen

At the close of the program, we will post feedback from our pilot teachers.

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