Digital Citizenship

As students today have access to a wide range of information at their fingertips, we need to prepare them to navigate the Internet safely and productively. In order to do this, each year Rowland Unified students will participate in digital citizenship 3 lessons from the following domains: Media Balance & Well-Being, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech, and News & Media Literacy.

RUSD Requirements for Educators

Review the Rowland Unified Responsible Use Policy in class with your students

Teach 3 Digital Citizenship lessons

Submit 3 pieces of documentation by October 30, 2020

RUSD's 3 Lessons per Grade Level

Updated Common Sense Education DigCit Lessons

All lessons can be found in the RUSD Nearpod District Library (make sure that you are logging into Nearpod with your district Google account in order to access the Nearpod district library). If you need help accessing the District Library, check out this quick video.

TK-2 grade: Teachers can choose between using Nearpod to deliver the lessons or using the Common Sense Education lesson materials and having students complete Seesaw activities to support their learning.

3rd-12th grade: Teachers will use the Nearpod lessons for digital citizenship.

TK-6th grade Spanish dual language: Materials are available in Spanish and can be found in this Google Drive folder (organized by grade level).

Submit your Documentation

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Follow-Up Activities

Remember that digital citizenship is not something to be checked off at the beginning of the year; it is something that should be continually referred to as students are using technology in and out of the classroom.

To aid in this, here are some follow-up activities you can provide for your students:

Also, if you're looking for more ideas follow #DigCit on Twitter

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we teaching digital citizenship?

As students today have access to a wide range of information at their fingertips, we need to prepare them to navigate the Internet safely and productively.

Why do I need to register with Common Sense Education?

Registering will allow you to have access to lesson plans, resources, and professional learning opportunities available through Common Sense Education. It is also needed to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator, Common Sense School, and Common Sense District.

What does the training consist of (OPTIONAL, but required if pursuing site recognition)?

The 1.5 hour training will review the requirements that educators need to be aware of in order to teach the 3 lessons each year. During this training, you will also participate in an online tutorial from Common Sense Education which introduces the curriculum and resources available to teach the lessons. You will have the opportunity to submit the Certificate of Completion that you receive after completing this tutorial to the Google Form that will be used to submit documentation of the 3 lessons that you will teach. Finally, we will explore the digital teaching resources and ideas available from Common Sense Education.

Where can I find the lessons?

All lessons can be found in this Google Drive folder. You can also access them on the RUSD EdTech Website.

How can I submit documentation that I have taught the 3 lessons?

Documentation will be submitted on a Google Form which you can access here and on the RUSD EdTech Website.

When should I submit documentation for the lessons I have taught?

Please submit your documentation after you teach each lesson.

Do I need to submit an artifact for each student?

No, please only submit 1 artifact for each lesson. This can be a photo of students participating in the lesson, an item students created during the lesson, a copy of the lesson assessment, etc.

How long will each lesson take?

Each lesson will take between 45-60 minutes to complete.

When will I teach the lessons?

All 3 lessons need to be taught by November 1, 2019. You can choose to teach them whenever you would like as long as you have completed them by this date. Individual sites may determine when lessons will be taught.

Who will teach the lessons at the secondary level?

This determination will be done by individual sites. A specific department may teach the lessons, the librarian or computer lab tech may teach the lessons, or a combination of educators. Please work with your administrators to determine what will work best for you and your students.

Who should I reach out to for support?

Your Technology Teacher Lead can support you with any questions you may have. You can also reach out to Brandi Miller (bmiller@rowlandschools.org) with questions.

What do I need to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator?

All of the requirements for RUSD are needed in order to be recognized as a Common Sense Educator. Additionally, you will need to join the Common Sense Educator Facebook group and write a short reflection on your work with digital citizenship. If you are interested in becoming a Common Sense Educator, please visit the Common Sense website.