Tamara Hardy
Career and Technical Education, College and Career Awareness, Family and Consumer Sciences Education
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Middle School
About Me, About Me Activity, Citing Sources, Digital Citizenship, Lesson Plan, Photo Credits, about-me, about-me-activity, citing-sources, creative commons, creative-commons, digital-citizenship, photo-credits
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Digital Citizenship: Using and Citing Sources

Digital Citizenship: Using and Citing Sources


This lesson will teach students about using and citing sources in their digital presentations.  They will demonstrate their understanding by completing a project that requires finding images online, and giving credit for those sources that are used.


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The goal of this lesson is to teach students about the ISTE Student Standards for Digtal CItizen: 2c - Students demonstrate an undertanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

  • Time frame: 1 (50-80 minute) class period
  • Format: In person or online

Lesson Title Image: 

Background for Teachers

The following resources can help you teach digital citizenship: 


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to find fair use images in sites such as Creative Commons, Pixabay, and Wikimedia.
  • Students will learn the importance of citing their sources.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will use what they have learned by completing a hands-on assignment such as a slideshow or poster made with Google Slides. 

Step 2 - Planning Instruction


Prior to this lesson, students will need to have basic computer skills.  For the assignment, it will be helpful if students are familiar with Google Slides, but it is not necessary.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

The class can view the videos and participate in a discussion together.  The assignment can be tailored to the individual needs of students.  For example, beginning students might find just one or two pictures in Creative Commons.  More advanced students can create a Google Slideshow with a variety of photos and sources.

Step 3 - Instruction

Discuss the following questions with students.  View the videos for answers.  Follow up by answering questions that students may have about the topic.

1. I found something on the internet that I want to use.  Are there any rules that I need to know about first?

2. What is Creative Commons, and how do I use it?

  • Using Creative Commons Content (2 minute video) -

3. How can I use Google to find copyright free images?

  • How to Use Google To Find Copyright Free Images (3:50) -

4.  More advanced students might benefit from resources in the following lesson plan:

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Students will use what they have learned by completing a hands-on assignment such as a slideshow or poster made with Google Slides.  It can be about digital citizenship, or a topic that they are interested in.  Teachers can require the students to do the project on a specific topic that goes along with their content area.