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It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Digital Citizen Superhero!

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Keywords: Digital Citizenship, Cyber Safety, Technology, Superhero, Internet Safety
Subject(s): Art, Animation, Social Skills, Technology, Writing
Grades 1 through 6
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: New Market Elementary School, Sophia, NC
Planned By: Betsey Beasley
Original Author: Betsey Beasley, Sophia
--Students will learn what it means to be a digital citizen.
--Students will learn how to conduct themselves online while continuing to keep themselves and others safe on the Internet.
--Students will learn what type of information is safe to put online and what type of information is not safe to put online.
--Students will be able to portray digital citizenship both inside and outside of the school setting.

Step 1: Discuss with students what it means to be a digital citizen. (Relate this to what it means to be a citizen of the community with younger ones.) Create graphic organizer representing what is safe to do online and what is not safe.

Step 2: Brainstorm ways that we could help others become digital citizens and stay safe online.

Step 3: Explain to students that they are going to become Digital Citizen Superheros! Their mission is to use their super power to promote cyber safety and help others learn what it means to be a digital citizen.

Step 4: Student brainstorm either in groups or individually what cyber safety problem they want to solve and what type of super power they could use to solve it. (This should only take about 10-15 minutes.)

Step 5: Using a website provided by the teacher (http://marvel.com/games/play/31/create_your_own_superhero) students are directed to create a superhero. Once their super hero is created and named, students then print them and write about how their super hero helps to promote digital citizenship and keep others safe on the Internet. (Younger students write 2 or 3 sentences on sheet provided by teacher while older students could create a story about cyber safety using their hero.)

Step 6: Students then share their superheros with the class.

To close, students can discuss as a class how they can be digital citizens and why it is important to practice cyber safety on the Internet.
Students could create comics involving their superhero portraying how they would promote digital citizenship and help keep others safe on the Internet.

Students display their superheros and writing outside the classroom for others to see.
Links: Link to Marvel Website
Materials: Printers, Power, Keyboards, Mice, Word Processor, Art Tools
Other Items: 1 Digital Wish's IT Curriculum-Digital Citizenship Unit, $199.00 each, total of $199.00