In today’s hyper-connected world, it goes without saying that it is important to be a good digital citizen. But what does that mean? Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, says digital citizenship can be defined as “the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use,” specifically with regard to these nine elements:
- Digital Access
- Digital Commerce
- Digital Communication
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Etiquette
- Digital Law
- Digital Rights & Responsibilities
- Digital Health & Wellness
- Digital Security (self-protection)
Broward County Public Schools takes digital citizenship seriously (Policy 5306 – SCHOOL AND DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY USAGE) and works with our teachers to provide professional learning opportunities and resources to help them educate our students in the rights and responsibilities of being a good digital citizen.
The District has purchased Nearpod for all K – 12 teachers to use to teach students about digital citizenship and literacy. The Nearpod module empowers students to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively with Nearpod’s Digital Citizenship and Literacy supplemental curriculum. Literacy skills are taught through a partnership with Common Sense Education with over four hundred learning experiences.
- Classroom teachers can click Nearpod on their Canvas course navigation or click the Nearpod icon on the Clever dashboard.
- Students can click the Digital Student Resources icon on the Clever dashboard to access an open Canvas course with Nearpod activities.
If you feel like your location has a specific need for Digital Citizenship training, please reach out to the Innovative Learning Department at (754) 321-2620.