Free lessons for Digital Citizenship Week
What is Digital Citizenship Week?Every year, the third week of October is coined Digital Citizenship Week. Teachers use this time to teach about digital citizenship and support students in developing the skills they need to use devices safely, ethically, and effectively. Now more than ever it’s important to empower students to think critically and participate responsibly in the digital world through media literacy and social emotional learning skills.
Free lessons for Digital Citizenship WeekNearpod and Flocabulary have curated free resources for you for Digital Citizenship Week to teach about online safety, cyberbullying, and more. You can use these whether you are teaching virtually, hybrid, or in-person. There is also a helpful PDF below that you can download and share with your teacher friends! Here’s what we have planned. Tweet a picture of your classroom (virtual or in-person) using these lessons with hashtag #DigCitwithNearpod!
Day 1: Introduction to digital citizenshipNearpod Start the conversation with stand-alone gamified activity such as Time to Climb. Build awareness about dig cit week with these Time to Climb lessons:
- Coding 6-12 (Time to Climb)
- History of the Computer 6-12 (Time to Climb)
- History of the Computer K-5 (Time to Climb)
- Safe Online Behavior K-5 (Time to Climb)
- Computer Terminology K-5 (Time to Climb)
- Internet Terminology K-5 (Time to Climb)
- History of the Internet 6-12 (Time to Climb)
- Cyberbullying 6-12 (Time to Climb)
- Cyberbullying K-5 (Time to Climb)
Day 2: Navigate tech applications & the internetNearpod Help students apply digital citizenship skills to new technology with real-life situations that prepare for tech use in and beyond school. Use Matching Pairs and Draw It activities to balance tech use with regular instruction:
- Computer Vocabulary K-5 (Matching Pairs)
- Internet Vocabulary K-5 (Matching Pairs)
- Digital Citizen Frayer Model K-5 (Draw It)
- Digital Footprint Frayer Model K-5 (Draw It)
- Information Sources Venn Diagram K-5 (Draw It)
- Offline vs. Online Communication Venn Diagram K-5 (Draw It)
- Social Media Frayer Model 6-12 (Draw It)
- Cyberbullying Frayer Model K-12 (Draw It)
- Protecting Against Threats 6-12 (Draw It)
- Digital Privacy Laws 9-12 (Draw It)
- Trustworthy Resources 6-12 (Draw It)
Go back to the basics with this Flocabulary video, “What is the Internet?” to show your students how the internet actually works. Students will learn what the internet is and the importance of IP addresses, routers, and servers.
Afterwards, share the “Internet Safety” lesson with students to teach them how to create usernames and passwords, when to ask a trusted adult for help and how to keep their smartphones and computers safe from viruses.I'm participating in #DigCitwithNearpod by using #Nearpod and @Flocabulary's FREE #digcit lessons for #digcitweek! Click To Tweet Explore more technology lessons
Day 3: Evoke discussion and critical thinking with videosNearpod Build a safe space for discussion, collaboration, critical thinking, and student voice through Nearpod’s Interactive Video lessons.
Day 4: Balance media literacy and mindfulnessNearpod Address real digital challenges and dilemmas students face today so they become the digital stewards of tomorrow. Use these lessons to teach about social media behavior and cybersecurity:
- Social Media Behaviors and Cyber Bullying 6-12 (Classroom Complete Press)
- Cyberspace and Cybersecurity 9-12 Bundle (Council on Foreign Relations)
- What are Cyberspace and Cybersecurity?
- The Origins of the Internet
- The Internet by the Numbers
- The Internet and National Borders
- Data Protection
- The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks
- Cyberspace and Cybersecurity Assessment
Mindfulness is a practice and state of mind that involves noticing your thoughts and bodily sensations. Studies have shown that it can help increase focus, manage stress, and avoid conflict. Play this Flocabulary video, Mindfulness & Meditation to incorporate life balance.Play now
Day 5: Wrap up the week by checking for student understandingNearpod Nearpod’s DCL Collection includes 350+ ready-to-run interactive lessons covering topics like cyberbullying, coding, keyboarding, social media, media literacy, and more. Shape how your students participate in our interconnected digital world by using our sample lessons: Interested in unlocking our full DCL collection? Share these resources with an administrator to learn more.
Free Digital Citizenship posters!
Download these FREE digital citizenship posters to hang in your remote classroom, grade level hallway or teacher’s lounge. Also, If you have student devices, you can also use these posters as a tablet background to remind your students to be productive members of the online community, for all those times we aren’t watching.
What to do when the week is over:Continue the conversation about Digital Citizenship beyond this week. Nearpod has Digital Citizenship and Literacy supplemental curriculum to support instruction in computer science including digital citizenship, coding, applications of technology, and media literacy. Reminder: Tweet a picture of your classroom using these lessons with hashtag #DigCitwithNearpo
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