As students and staff settle into the school year, it’s time to review new resources for teaching digital citizenship. I’m lucky to share this annual task with Kathleen Watt, co-director of our district’s digital citizenship program.
Every September, we send out an email to our school site #DigCit coordinators with a link to a Google Form for them to submit their Digital Citizenship Implementation Plan, an overview of specific lessons to be taught, along with any school events (assemblies, rallies, Parent Nights, etc.) they will be hosting.
The email also includes recommended resources for students, teachers, and parents. So far, our 2019-2020 list of #DigCit resources includes:
From the #ISTE19 Conference:
- Everyday #digcit – High school librarian and ISTE DigCit PLN leader Nancy Watson developed this app so that, across grade levels and subject areas, in a single sentence or question, teachers could integrate digital citizenship tips into any class topic.
- Digital Driver’s License (DDL) – Thanks to Chief Digital Officer Marty Parks’ vision, teachers and students in Kentucky school districts must complete the DDL requirements before signing out a school laptop. I’m excited to learn more about the collaborative efforts of Marty Park and Mike Ribble to seamlessly integrate digital citizenship into the school day and subject areas. I’m also proud to have an autographed copy of Mike and Marty’s The Digital Citizenship Handbook for School Leaders.
- Fact VS. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News – I’ve also added an (autographed) copy of Darren Hudgins’ book to my digital citizenship library.
- Deep Fakes – Thank you to ISTE DigCit PLN colleague Tim McGuire for recently sharing UC Berkeley Digital Forensics professor Hany Farid’s excellent video. Just released last week, it is geared toward grades 5 and up and includes basic information on digital fakery (#DeepFakes), including image, voice, and video editing.
From Common Sense Education – Common Sense also led digital citizenship sessions at #ISTE19, sharing their completed set of new or updated K-12 lessons, which all open in Google Docs and Slides, and are integrated into Google Classroom:
- Hoaxes and Fakes – One of the lessons Common Sense highlighted was a new lesson for 9th grade … created from the ideas and resources Kathleen and I originally shared during our 2016 Saturday Seminar and then went on to share and present with Rob Appel and Common Sense’s Kelly Mendoza at Spring CUE. Like many of the new Common Sense lessons, Hoaxes and Fakes can be taught as a stand alone or better yet, integrated into a science, English or history/social studies class to bring an awareness to media literacy as an essential skill for today’s research projects.
- 2019 Digital Citizenship Curriculum Crosswalk – The best way to view all the changes and updates from Common Sense is to click on the link and explore the new content, which, in their words, “includes lessons and resources easier to use and more relevant for teachers and students today.”
- Parent Resources – Common Sense continues to create wonderful resources to bring parents into digital citizenship conversations. I love the new Tech Balance app for parents of 3-8 year-olds, which sends parents weekly tips and resources. Common Sense’s Research section is continually updated with “reliable, independent data on children’s use of media and technology and the impact it has on their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.”
A few more #digcit challenges:
- Factitious – A fast-moving game, players swipe left when they think the article in front of them is fake, and right when they believe it’s real. The game was developed by American University Game Lab.
- Which Face Is Real? – Game challenges you to see if you can tell a real face from an A.I. fake. Developed by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom from the University of Washington.
- Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda – A “user-generated content website” for teaching and learning about propaganda. Media literacy advocate and author Renee Hobbs developed and hosts this site. Students and teachers are invited to upload and share samples of propaganda from their own communities.
We’ll be sending out the email by the end of next week. If you have #DigCit resources to add to our list, please jump in and leave a comment.
Wishing everyone a great start to the new school year.