What Is Digital Citizenship?
The term Digital Citizenship refers to the responsible, safe, ethical, and legal use of technologies and digital media.
In order to assist school districts in meeting the E-Rate requirement to address online safety, sexting, cyberbullying, and social networking in their curriculum, Education Service Center, Region 20 has compiled three curriculum modules on Digital Citizenship - grades 3-5, 6-8 and high school, plus an educator course.
For questions or additional details, please contact
Susanna Clavello Garza
Preview of HS Student Booklet
Click on the image below for a full-screen 5-page preview of the high school booklet. Note: The actual booklet has 60 pages.
How Can I Access the Digital Citizenship Curriculum?
This is how it works:
1) Go to iLearning. If this is your first time using ESC-20's online catalog, you will first need to create a profile. If you forgot your password, click on the Forgot Password link to retrieve it.
2) Once inside iLearning, search for "digital citizenship" in the Search bar.
3) Click on the option of your choice and then click on the shopping cart. Follow the on-screen directions.
4) When you get to the payment page, Educational Resources coop members will see $0 under price. Click to complete registration.
Non-coop members must enter the code that was provided via email.
ESC-20 Educational Resources Coop members may access the curriculum at no cost. Non-coop members may access the resources at a small per student fee through ESC-20's DKC program.
Curriculum for Grades 3-5 and 6-8
The Digital Citizenship curriculum for grades 3-5 and 6-8 is available online and includes lesson plans plus student activities. Vocabulary, materials, suggested activities, and rubrics are included.
The curriculum addresses the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Digital Citizenship as well as the Technology Applications TEKS in grades 3-5 and 6-8 (Note: Students are considered to be technology proficient when they show mastery of all grade 8 content).
High School Curriculum
The high school Digital Citizenship curriculum -Digital Citizenship: Understand Your Rights and Responsibilities- includes a teacher guide and a downloadable 60-page student digital booklet (see bottom of page 1). The booklet can viewed on any computer screen, opened as an iBook on the iPad, or printed.
The content addresses the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Digital Citizenship as well as the Technology Applications TEKS in grade 8 (Note: there are no Digital Citizenship student expectations beyond grade 8; students are considered to be technology proficient when they show mastery of all grade 8 content).
The curriculum includes the following sections:
- Your Online Identity = Your Digital Footprint
- Keeping Your School Safe
- Ethical Use of Digital Information
- Look Your Best Digitally
The teacher guide follows the student booklet and includes background information, vocabulary, activities, guiding questions, and extension activities.
A link to the Digital Citizenship IQ quiz is given to the students at the end of the course. The teacher guide incudes directions on how to download and administer the quiz. Results are compiled in a spreadsheet format and can be used for documentation purposes.