One of the big responsibilities of teachers is to teach our students digital citizenship. Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education defines a digital citizen as someone “who uses technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.” One great resource that educators can use when teaching their students about digital citizenship is Common Sense Education. Their free curriculum has lessons on media balance, privacy & security, digital footprint, relationships, cyberbullying, and evaluating sources. Learn more on my blog. When I was a classroom teacher my students participated in literature blogs. Students used Kidblog as their platform to share about their books and connect with other classes in the United States. In the beginning, we did several lessons on how to set up digital profiles, what information to share, how to interact with others online, and how to leave encouraging and helpful advice to others about their work. I believe it is vital that we take the time to teach our digitally literate students how to safely and responsibly navigate in a digital world. I am excited to continue to work with teachers on how to incorporate more digital citizenship lessons into their daily curriculum.

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Works Cited

ISTE Standards for Coaches (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches