CCSS and Digital Citizenship

Across the District (and state and nation), teachers are delving into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and in the process, raising questions and joining conversations on how the Common Core will change past instructional practices and inform current ones. The role of technology within the Common Core is definitely on the list of teachers’ frequently asked questions. In response, the EGUSD Digital Citizenship Task Force continues to review the CCSS, the ISTE NETS (technology standards), and current legal mandates (such as CIPA requirements for E-Rate funding) in order to provide the skills students will need to thrive in today’s global marketplace and society.

Supporting students as emerging multimedia writers is central to Common Core. A tour of the English Language Arts Standards » Anchor Standards » College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening shows that during the school day students must have access to key components of digital writing: digital tools, digital sources, digital media, and digital text. For example, Common Core: W.7.6. “Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.”

As a district, we applaud the CCSS emphasis on digital writing and online collaborations, essential skills for digital/global citizens. We also recognize that with the new standards comes our responsibility to embed digital citizenship skills into the core curriculum. The resources posted to this website are intended to help teachers teach and model digital citizenship in a multiplicity of ways, in alignment with the Common Core, so that all EGUSD students understand both the rights and responsibilities of (digital) citizenship.


Common Sense Media – All Common Sense Media lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Teachers are using CSM lessons both as digital citizenship stand-alones (e.g., Advocacy, computer lab classes) or as part of the core curriculum (e.g., English Language Arts, Social Studies).

ISTE Position Statement – International Society for Technology Educators (ISTE) presents the role of technology in helping all students “meet and exceed the rigorous learning goals embedded in the Common Core State Standards.”