School-aged children spend a great deal of their day using digital media -- including computers, video game players, smart phones and tablets. At O'Dea, we're helping students learn Digital Citizenship: the norms for appropriate, responsible technology use. 4th and 5th grade students complete a multi-week Digital Citizenship unit in technology specials in the fall. They learn things like how to be safe online, how to keep their information private, and how to deal with cyberbullying.
We use the free Digital Citizenship curriculum offered at Common Sense Media. 4th graders will use the Digital Passport curriculum, which teaches Digital Citizenship ideas through games. 5th graders will participate in class and group discussions, and will use tools such as Padlet, Google Apps and Socrative in our discussions.
Mrs. Bak has also been certified as a Common Sense Media Certified Educator in Digital Citizenship.