Information Technology Education
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Lower Elementary
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    Education Standards

    Teaching Digital Citizenship


    This lesson plan covers standard 1.2 d : managing their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.


    A lesson plan to aide students in understanding digital Citizenship. In particular this lesson focuses on the ISTE Standard : 

    • 2d Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.

    Students will become familiar with digital citizenship concets through the use of videos and disscussions. In the end the students will collaborate with their groups to decide on a norm to use in the classroom and at home to rememeber to keep their information safe. 

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Outcome:

    Students will create an online norm for Standard 1.2 d managing their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.



    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of what digital citizenship means, and why it is important. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    •  Students will be strategically placed into groups where there is a mix of diverse learners. 
    • -Vocabulary will be visually shown and discussed using aides. 

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Intro: Begin the lesson by activating the students background knowledge. Start with a discussion over ways that we keep ourselves safe at home, school, and out and about. Guide the students into a discussion about what digital citizenship is, and why it is important. Discuss the importance of keeping our digital selves safe, just like we keep ourselves safe in other contexts. Intorduce the idea of norms and how they can be helpful in reminding us of important ideas.  

    Video: Watch the video 'what is personal Information'. 

    Discussion: Seperate the students into groups of 4. Ensure the groups are organized in a way that supports and scaffolds the discussion. Have the students jot down ideas as they discuss. As you circulate ask questions to help guide the discussion:

    • What is personal information?
    • What are examples of personal information? 
    • What is a safe way to handle personal information?
    • What is an unsafe way to handle personal information? 

    Reflection: Have the students return to their seats. Have them reflect for 5 minutes on the discussion. Have them identify key points from the discussion and have them start brainstorming a norm to handle personal information. 

    Assignment: After 5 minutes have the students return to their groups with their ideas. Have them work together to come up with a norm for keeping their personal information safe on the internet.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    • Questioning
      • During the discussion the teacher will circulate the room and stop by different groups, and ask questions to guide the learning deeper, and assess if students are on the right track. 
    • Student Self Reflection
      • After the discussion the students will spend time reflecting on the discussion, and brainstorm rough drafts of norms. 
    • Assignments
      • The students will return to their groups with their ideas, and they will work together to finalize their norm for protecting their personal information.