Kiera Beddes
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Digital Citizenship Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship Lesson Plan


This lesson is designed to help high school students assess their current social media footprint and take steps to design a public digital portfolio as part of their understanding of digital citizenship.


This is a two or three 30 min session lesson for high school students about digital citizenship and culminates in students designing their own digital portfolio.

Student Prior Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what the internet can be used for.  I did a class starter where students completed the sentence, The internet is… on a sticky note, then as a class, we sorted the answers into Good, Neutral, Bad columns to get a sense of how the class feels about the internet. Most students have a complex understanding of the internet, but for those that don't, this is a good opportunity to discuss the possibilities (good/bad) with the internet and online behavior. 

Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria


  • Students will demonstrate digital citizenship by analyzing their digital footprint.
  • Students will be able to create a portfolio to enhance their online persona.

Standards from the CCSS:

  • Writing 12.8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and over-reliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
  • Speaking and Listening 12.5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
  • Reading Informational 12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Instructional Procedures

  • Step 1: Answer the question, the internet is. . . (class opener)
  • Step 2: Show the video clips about digital citizenship
  • Step 3: Go over ISTE Standards for Digital Citizenship
  • Step 4: Analyze your digital footprint. Go to this Google Slidedeck and follow the instructions on the second slide. Analyze your current digital footprint and create a visual representation of it. Insert it into your slide.
  • Step 5: Next, we are going to discuss being proactive about our digital footprint. Digital citizenship is more than just protecting your identity online. It's also knowing how to put your best foot forward, so that people in digital spaces get the best idea of who you are as a person. Therefore, we are going to create a digital portfolio next time, so you can control the narrative about you online!

Strategies for Diverse Learners

I would recommend making a screencast showing students how to use Google Drawings or how to screenshot on a PC. 

Assessment Plan

Students will be creating digital portfolios to take control of their digital footprint. We will use these portfolios throughout the rest of the year for self assessment and  to practice digital citizenship.