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"To Be, or Not To Be, A Digital Citizen? That is the Question!

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Keywords: Digital Citizenship, Collaboration, Digital Citizen, Collaboration Tools, videotaped, community, online, responsibility
Subject(s): Information Skills, Video, Technology, Writing, Music, Reading
Grades 4 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: George W Long Elem School, Skipperville, AL
Planned By: Charisse Snell
Original Author: Charisse Snell, Skipperville
Question: What would our online experience look like if we did not have the nine components of Digital Citizenship?

Teacher Input:
The teacher will explain the project to students, giving the details for what is expected and guidelines on completed project.

Guided Practice:
The teacher will assign nine groups in accordance to the nine components of Digital Citizenship:

Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, Rights and Responsibilities, Health & Wellness, Digital Security.

The students will work together to research information about their component. A full understanding will be essential for the final outcome of the project. They will use a collaboration tool in and out of school with their group members.

The teacher will require the students to submit, in writing, the important aspects of their component. When the writings have been approved by the teacher, students will then begin working on writing a skit about their component.

The teacher will be a facilitator for encouraging creativity for the project. The teacher will introduce students to a collaboration tool to be used. Some suggested tools are listed below:

Entri, Wunderkit, Scribblar, ZohoWriter, iNetWord, Showdocument, Crocodoc, AnswerGarden, Google Apps for Education

Group Work:
The students will need to use the collaboration tool for writing the skit. They will also need to write the skit, in such a way, of comparing and contrasting the importance of the nine components. Skits should include what it would look like if we did not have the components and what it looks like with the components.
Props and costumes (optional) can be created by students or obtained by people within the community.

The skits can be videotaped and made into DVDs to be placed in the school library for future viewing by individual students or classrooms wanting to learn/teach about digital citizenship. Another option would be for the students to put the performance on for the entire school.
Allow students to be creative in writing the skits. There can be some humor, but overall the message should prompt students to think about the importance of online responsibilities and how it affects not only their lives, but everyone's life.
Project can be adapted for 2nd and 3rd grade, with adult involvement.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Skills learned can be used to create DVDs to be placed in school library on other 21st Century issues or how-tos.
Materials: DVD Camcorder, Video Tools, Tripods, CDs and DVDs, LCD Monitors, Keyboards, Writing, Word Processor