it is more important than ever for all educators to include messages of Digital Citizenship and take mindful steps to ensure student safety and privacy are at the forefront of our educational practices. As you engage students in remote learning through the use of Ed Tech Tools, know that the VVSD Instructional Technology Team is here to provide support and guidance. Please utilize the information shared on this page to help you embed critical Digital Citizenship lessons into the work that you do. If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Instructional Technology, your building adminisrator, or your builting technology support staff (BTSS).
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Digital CitizenshipDigital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it’s a way to prepare students for a society full of technology and continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use. The VVSD Instructional Technology Team has selected Common Sense Education as the primary source of digital citizenship curriculum, resources & certification opportunities for VVSD educators.Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Their innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. Schools everywhere rely on their free curriculum, expert advice, and edtech ratings to help kids thrive. Their vision: Students thriving as learners, leaders, and citizens in the digital age.
Media Balance & Well-being
We find balance in our digital lives.
These lessons give students the space to reflect on their own media use. Plus, they'll get the tools they need to think critically about how digital media affects our communities and society overall.Privacy & Security
We care about everyone’s privacy.
These lessons introduce students to the concept of online privacy and the potential implications of sharing personal information with a range of people: friends, the public, app providers, and more.Digital Footprint & Identity
We define who we are.
These lessons prompt students to consider how sharing information online can affect them and others and will support them in learning to reflect before they reveal, as well as encourage others to do the same.Relationships & Communication
We know the power of words & actions.
These lessons allow students to reflect on how they can use intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to build and strengthen positive online communication and communities.Cyberbullying & Digital Drama
We are kind & courageous.
These lessons will teach students about the effects of digital drama, cyberbullying, and hate speech on both themselves and their larger communities.News & Media Literacy
We are critical thinkers & creators.
These lessons help students develop a critical lens of the current world of news media, but not by disavowing the knowledge and experiences that they already bring to the table.
Become a VVSD Common Sense Educator!
Earn a badge that publicly affirms your commitment to helping students think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Build your confidence teaching digital citizenship and integrating technology into your classroom, school, or district. Also, address immediate needs and concerns in your digital 1:1 classroom and school. Follow these steps to get certified!
There are several ways to learn about digital citizenship before integrating into your curriculum:
(a) Attend a Digital Citizenship training with the Instructional Technology Team.
(b) Complete the Digital Learning Center online tutorials on digital citizenship.
(c) Complete lessons or webinars on the Common Sense Educator Training website.
Throughout the school year, select lessons & materials from Common Sense Education (or other digital citizenship educational platforms) to use in your classroom or school. The suggested goal of time spent teaching digital citizenship is 5+ hours for the entire school year - this can be done in short 5-10 minute segments to supplement existing lessons, or as an entire classroom lesson. Keep track of your lesson plans and materials - you'll need to use these as evidence in the application!
At the end of the quarter, semester or year, complete the VVSD Common Sense Educator Application!