Educational Technology
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Middle School, High School
Digital Citizenship, Lesson Plan, Online Footprint, Online Presence
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Being Good Digital Citizens

Being Good Digital Citizens


This lesson is about digital citizenship following the ISTE standards for students. In this lesson students will learn to engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

This lesson will take about 45 minutes in a virtual asynchronus setting. Students could also do it along with you in a face-to-face situation.


Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson you will need a general understanding of good digital citizenship and general guidelines for students being good digital citizens when sharing information online. Some articles or websites that may help guide you are:



Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate good digital citizenship by practicing how to leave comments to others that are ethical and kind.
  • Students can identify bad digital citizenship

Success Criteria:

  • Students will identify unethical behavior when using technology and social media 
  • Students will effectively communicate ethical thoughts and comments to others.


Step 2 - Planning Instruction


Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of basic digital citizenship, how to speak kindly to others, how to identify unethical comments and interations and appropriate things to post when involved in online activities.

Step 4 - Assessments

For the assessment, the students should be able to demonstrate that they can interact ethically online with their peers. The nearpod above has them do a checklist of whether things are appropriate or not, which reflects them being able to identify ethical decisions. 

A Canvas discussion board will help the students show they can interact ethically. Students will get on a Canvas discussion board and add a GIF comment of an "unpopular opinion" and explain their GIF ( using this website or another appropriate website. Students will then be required to comment on 2 of their classmates comments whether they agree or respectfully disagree.