Technology and Engineering Education, Educational Technology, Technology
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Upper Elementary, Middle School
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    What is Digital Citizenship?

    What is Digital Citizenship?


    A lesson from Kelsey Hokanson.


    In this beginning of the year lesson, students will develop an understanding of what it means to be a digital citizen that can be referred back to and built upon throughout the year. This lesson should take about 30-45 minutes, face to face and students will need chromebooks or other devices.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    In this section, you will include the learning intentions and success criteria for students based on student data. Learning intentions are essentially the objectives of the lesson -- statements of what students are expected to learn. Success criteria define how students will show that they have met the learning intentions. They tie closely to the assessment portion of your lesson and the rubric students will use to gauge their success. The following sections, sentence starters, and examples can help you compose your own learning intentions and success criteria:

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to define what it means to be a digital citizen and will identify specific ways they can be a better digital citizen.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will participate in a dicussion about what it means to be a digital citizen. 
    • Students will write and sign a class pledge to be a good digital citizen 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    Students frequently utilize technology and have many skills when it comes to operating technology, but often times they need help doing so appropriately. Students will need to have a basic understanding of what people use technology for, and what it means to be a good citizen. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Students will be working with groups, so heterogenous ability groups are recommended to help students that may not be able to read and write independently. 

    Step 3 - Instruction


    Use the resources below to explore what it means to be a digital citizen. As you watch, read, and learn, write words or phrases that match each section of the notes page below.




    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    To assess what your students have learned, play the following Quizziz game. This will help you see what future lessons you can work on with your students because you will see which areas of digital citizenship are still unclear for them.


    Digital Citizenship Quizziz