In this day and age, our digital world is everywhere. The impacts are large. In fact, "The IRL Fetish" highlights the changes that technology and digital citizenship has had on students in terms of exchanging face to face communication for online interactions, and even intermingling our real and online worlds. There are no longer two separate spaces.
Due to this reality, the importance of addressing all aspects of digital usage is imperative, in and out of schools.
Already, the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship play a large role in Saskatchewan's digital citizenship initiatives, but specifics of how to incorporate digital citizenship in with the Saskatchewan curriculum is imperative to plan for.
Here is the suggested Digital Citizenship Continuum for K-12 as it aligns with the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship.
And, here are my suggestions, specifically for grade 7 in accordance with the Saskatchewan Curriculum.
For ease of use, I've included each of the nine elements, a question that explains the corresponding element and curriculum connections for most of the elements. I’m open to hearing what suggests you have to connect these pieces!
Is this really a good time to use technology?
DM7.8 Examine and demonstrate personal commitment in making health decisions related to blood-borne pathogen information, safety practices, harmonious relationships, food choices, interpersonal skills, and morality.
a. Determine the benefits of using a decision-making process.
Students can weigh the pros and cons of using technology at appropriate vs. inappropriate times and describe each type of situation.
Where is the digital divide regarding access to internet and technology?
IN7.3 Analyze the relationship of technology to globalization.
c. Develop an argument that addresses the impact of technology and globalization on
Students can research areas of Saskatchewan, Canada, and internationally that do not have access to internet or technology. The digital divide can lead into conversations and further research of under developed areas in our world, and the affects this has on globalization.
How do you contribute to a positive digital footprint?
DM7.9 Examine health opportunities and challenges to establish personal commitment goal statements related to... safety practices, harmonious relationships... interpersonal skills, and morality.
a. Propose health opportunities and challenges related to each unit of study.
Encouraging students to use social media and other online platforms to post positive pieces can contribute to a positive digital footprint. Using real examples of students who misused their online platforms and experienced negative after affects may put the importance of this element into perspective.
Misinformation vs. Disinformation - what's what?
CR7.4 View and demonstrate comprehension and interpretation of visual and multimedia texts with specific features (e.g., circle graphs) and complex ideas including the visual components of media such as magazines, newspapers, websites, reference books, graphic novels, broadcast media, videos, and promotional materials.
b. View critically to understand and analyze opinions and messages presented in visual and multimedia texts.
Students can use their learned skills to analyze various texts online to determine what is misinformation vs. disinformation. This will help them to make more informed decisions in their future.
In what ways are students being manipulated online by marketers?
CR7.7 Read independently and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of specialized information texts including non-fiction books, grade-level instructional materials, articles, reports, reference materials, instructions, advertising and promotional materials, and websites.
Digital Rights and Responsibilities
Digital Health and Wellness
What platforms are causing negative effects on students' well-being?
USC7.1 Establish and use strategies to commit to and act upon personal standards (see grade 6) for various aspects of daily living over which an individual has control.
d. Examine factors (both positive and negative) that influence one's commitment to
Digital Safety and Security
What online platforms are safe? How do we ensure students are safe when they are online?
Hackers, student data protected, vulnerability - what not to do to be hacked
Free things online don't exist - marketing tactics - Facebook, Google
DM7.9 Examine health opportunities and challenges to establish personal commitment goal statements related to... safety practices.
c. Determine strategies of commitment necessary to meet individual goals.
Students may choose a goal related to keeping themselves safe online. For example, educating their parents about tips for safe digital use, or setting and protecting strong passwords.
Outside of the curriculum, parent digital citizenship could also be a potential idea for school boards to consider hosting. As we know, students do not only use technology at home or only at school, therefore, our students' experiences online, posting or otherwise, are not forgotten at the classroom door.
How do/would you achieve teaching the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship in your classroom?