Don't Miss These Google Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching Digital Citizenship

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September 25 , 2014
Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum is a great resource from Google to help teachers educate their students on the importance of digital citizenship and the different ways and strategies to use to keep themselves safe while using the net. This work is a fruit of a partnership between Google security team and experts from iKeepsafe and it provides some interesting lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms. The purpose of these lessons are to :

  • Enable students to think critically 
  • Properly evaluate online sources
  • Help students understand how to protect themselves from online threats ( e.g bullies and scammers).
  • think before they share
  • Be good digital citizens.

Here are the three major featured in this resource:

Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth

In this class, students will identify guidelines for evaluating the credibility of content online.
Students will be able to answer the essential question: Why is it important to be alert and check sources while exploring online?
This class includes pre and post-assessments and several activities for students.

Class 2: Manage your Digital Footprint

Students will be empowered with the information to make safe and appropriate decisions online by learning the importance of online citizenship, how to manage and create a positive reputation online and how to always explore the Internet and other digital communication in a safe manner.
This class is divided into three lessons: Protect Your Stuff, Be Respectful to Yourself and Others, and “Street Smart”.
Each lesson includes pre and post-assessments, guidelines, and several fun activities for students.

Class 3: Identify Tricks and Scams Online

In this lesson, students will learn how to avoid online tricks and scams, and learn best practices of how to conduct themselves online.
Students will be able to answer the essential question: How do I protect myself against online tricks?
This class includes pre and post-assessments, tips on spotting scams, and an activity to reinforce guidelines on avoiding scams and cyber tricks.

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