Digital Citizenship at Burlington High School

All students at Burlington High School will be required to take a Digital Citizenship course as part of their graduation requirements. This pass/fail course is entirely online and is self-paced. Students will earn 1 credit upon completion of the course. All assignments will be distributed and collected through Google Classroom. 

The Digital Citizenship course curriculum was developed by Burlington High School Instructional Technology Specialist Jenn Scheffer and Burlington High School Librarian Susan DiSanto. Ms. Graham and Mr. Wong will be reviewing the work submitted by all students and notifying them if they have failed to complete the course.

To access the online digital citizenship course, students must be logged into their school issued Google account. Once they are logged in, students can begin the course by visiting classroom.google.com. 

To join the course, through Google Classroom students will enter the code:

- Class of 2020: sdokzz3
- Class of 2021: sdokzz3
- Class of 2022: sdokzz3
- Class of 2023: rd3qjzo


Suggested Time Line:

This is a self-paced course and students must complete all course assignments by the end of May. The Digital Citizenship course consists of 7 units with one assessment per unit. Each unit activity and the associated assessment will take students approximately 20 minutes to complete. 

To manage their time effectively and to complete the course on time, students are encouraged to complete two units and the associated assessment per term. This will ensure students complete all 7 units and all assessments by the end of the school year. A sample timeline of completion for each year is shown in the table below. 

 Grade 9 
 Term 1-
  • Information Literacy
  • Creative Credit        
 Term 2-
  • Internet Safety, Privacy & Security 
  • Digital Footprint & Reputation
 Term 3- 
  • Cyberbullying & Digital Drama
  • Relationships & Communication
 Term 4- 
  • Self Image & Identity 


The Digital Citizenship curriculum at Burlington High School is aligned with the following standards:

1.  Massachusetts Technology and Literacy Standards and Expectations   


Standard 2. Demonstrate the responsible use of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media at home, in school, and in society. (page 15)

Standard 3. Demonstrate the ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. (page 16)

2.  Common Sense Media

3. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards for Students


This curriculum also stems from the work found in author and educator Mike Ribble's Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship


According to Ribble, Digital Citizenship can be defined as 


"the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use." 

This includes: 

1. Understanding how to appropriately evaluate and use digital media
2. How to protect your online presence and privacy
3. How to communicate effectively using digital platforms. 

The video below, created by BHS alumni Xin Zhang provides an overview of how digital citizenship is a major part of our society and everyday lives. 

The essential digital citizenship questions for Burlington students include:

1. "How can I access and use digital information safely, appropriately, and ethically?"

2. "What are my rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen?"

3. "How can I use digital technology and social media to establish and grow my personal and professional network?"

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