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 common sense education
 
Students in all grades K-5 will participate in a series of lessons related to Digital Literacy throughout the school year.  We follow the Common Sense Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.  The lessons include activities and videos to make the information appropriate and relevant.  We are excited to have these conversations with students to prepare for the present and future as digital citizens.  Be sure to talk with your child about what he/ she has learned!  Please consider checking out the Common Sense Media Site.  This site is full of informative resources and strives to "rate, educate, and advocate for kids, families, and schools".
 
2016-2017 digital literacy topics :
 
 
    
Grade  Topic  Description
1st Show Respect Online 
 1st Staying Safe Online 
2ndMy Online Community Students explore the concet that people can connect with one another through the Internet.  They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community.  Students discuss the nature of the Internet, and understand that while it is not a "real" physical place, it is made up of real people.  They use a graphic representation to explain the different in-person connections they have with their family, friends, and community.  Students then use the same graphic model to represent how they could connect to others on the Internet by creating maps of their potential online community.
 2ndStaying Safe Online Students understand that they should stay safe online by choosing websites that are good for them to visit, and avoiding sites that are not appropriate for them.  First, students learn about the similarities of staying safe in the real world and when visiting websites.  Next, they learn about the website traffic light and complete an activity where they match statements about websites to the correct safety level of the site.  Then they plan an interactve game and consider how to determine which websites are just right for them.
 2nd Keep it PrivateStudents learn that many websites ask for information that is private and discuss how to responsibly handle such requests. Students review what information is private and should not be shared without a trusted adult’s permission. They view an online form that asks for private information and understand that they should never share this kind of information online. Students then view sites that ask them to create usernames, and they learn rules for safeguarding their private information when they create usernames. 
3rd Going Places Safely Online Students learn that they can go to exciting places online, but they need to follow certain rules to remain safe. By taking a virtual field trip, students experience the power of the Internet to take them to places they might not be able to visit in person. They learn that they should follow safety rules when they travel online, just as when traveling in the real world. 
3rd  Private & Personal InformationAs students visit sites that request information about their identity, they learn to adopt a critical inquiry process that empowers them to protect themselves and their families from identity theft. In this lesson, students learn to think critically about the user information that some websites request or require. They learn the difference between private information and personal information, distinguishing what is safe and unsafe to share online. 
3rd Screen Out the Mean Students learn that children sometimes can act like bullies when they are online. They explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it. Students first read a scenario about mean online behavior. They then discuss what cyberbullying is, how it can make people feel, and how to respond. Then they use their knowledge to create a simple tip sheet on cyberbullying. Students recognize that it is essential to tell a trusted adult if something online makes them feel angry, sad, or scared. 
4th Rings of   Responsibility
 
Students explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens.
 4th Super Digital Citizen Students explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning how to be good digital citizens. Students create digital superheroes who exhibit exemplary attributes and are able to solve digital dilemmas responsibly. 
 4thThe Power of Words Students consider that they may encounter online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. They explore ways to handle cyberbullying and how to respond in the face of upsetting language online. Students discuss all the ways they use technology for communication, put themselves in the shoes of children who are cyberbullied on a kids’ game website, and explore both the similarities and differences between in-person versus online communication. Students then brainstorm ways to respond to cyberbullying. 
5th Rings of ResponsibilityStudents explore what it means to be responsible to and respectful of their offline and online communities as a way to learn how to be good digital citizens. 
5th Super Digital Citizen Students explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning how to be good digital citizens. Students create digital superheroes who exhibit exemplary attributes and are able to solve digital dilemmas responsibly.  
 5th  Talking Safely OnlineStudents learn that, while people can develop rewarding friendships online, they should be cautious with online-only friends and never reveal private information without asking a parent or trusted adult for permission. Students discuss the difference between online and in-person friendships, explore an online chat scenario, and complete and sign a checklist for safe online chatting. 
   
 Private and Personal Information
 
How can you protect yourself from online identity theft? Students think critically about the information they share online.
  How to Cite a Site
 
Students reflect on the importance of citing all sources when they do research.  They then learn to write citations for two different types of online sources in MLA style, and practice doing so.
 The Key to Keywords
 
Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their keyword searches and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies.
 Whose Is It, Anyway?
 
 Students learn that copying the work of others and presenting it as one’s own is called plagiarism. They also learn about when and how it's ok to use the work of others.
 
 Show Respect Online Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful emails.
 
 
 Below are some family tip sheets about digital citizenship topics to help facilitate digital literacy at home.  Our number one goal is to keep students safe online!
 
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