Module 4: Digital Citizenship, Literacy & Responsible Learning Practices


This module will introduce you to the importance of incorporating digital citizenship and information literacy in the classroom. You will learn about student digital activity data, technology standards for students and teachers and the importance of copyright and fair use. Many of the resources in this module originate and are sourced to Common Sense Media, who is currently the leader in education technology literacy.

Learning Objectives

In this module, participants will:

  • Understand how to weave digital citizenship practices into their curriculum.
  • Identify the importance of digital and information literacy.
  • Recognize the relationship between social media and civic engagement.
  • Understand the importance of teaching creative credit and copyright.

Module Assignments

  • 4.1 Discussion: Are your instructional materials engaging our digitally connected students?
  • 4.2 Portfolio Assignment: Promoting Digital Citizenship & Information Literacy in the Classroom
  • 4.3 Reflection: Promoting & Modeling Digital Citizenship & Responsibility

Academic Vocabulary

Digital Citizenship: the responsible, safe and respectful use of technology

Information Literacy: Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively.

Cyberbullying: “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices”

Creative Commons: These licenses are designed to give copyright holders a range of permission options for digital intellectual property and in most cases allow educational uses. Particularly if you would like to alter an image or incorporate elements of it into a new art work, you should examine the license for details of how you are allowed to use the image. To see the license, click on the Creative Commons logo or the Creative Commons License link. Learn more about Creative Commons.

Fair Use: (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

Copyright: the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.