Activity 2: Digital Citizenship Curriculum

I explored the following digital citizenship resources.

I decided to take a closer look at K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum by Common Sense Media and Our Space: Being a responsible citizen of the digital world by the GoodPlay Project. Both cater for students in years 9 to 12 so are suitable for my situation as a Teacher Librarian in a senior school.

K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum from the United States of America has units aimed at different year levels, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. I focussed on the resources for years 9-12. The aim of the curriculum is to empower children in a world of media and technology in a positive way. The core curriculum is based on research by Dr Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at Harvard School of Graduate Education.

The curriculum offers three different ways of delivering the curriculum using downloadable PDFs, Nearpod lessons and an iBook textbook. There are four units that cover different areas of digital citizenship with five separate lesson plans. The lesson plans are very detailed and include relevant multimedia, worksheets, activities, discussion points, assessment tools and background information. Teachers with limited knowledge of digital citizenship are well supported by the lesson plans and additional support material on the website. Flexibility in how lessons are delivered is provided by the different formats, the Creative Commons licensing and the ability to pick and choose topics within the four units. Common to all lessons is that students are learning by doing and there is room for discussion. The real world scenarios and media rich activities make the curriculum worthwhile considering however some adaptations would be necessary for an Australian audience.

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Our Space: Being a responsible citizen of the digital world from the United States of America is a collaboration of the GoodPlay Project and Project New Media Literacies. It is aimed at years 9-12 but some aspects could be used at years 7-8 to promote social skills and cultural competencies required to engage with participatory culture. They have taken a low-tech approach so that lessons can be used in classrooms without an internet connection. Supplementary material allows for a more high-tech approach if required. Our Space is a set of resources for educators and adults to use with young people to discuss digital ethics. Educators can pick and choose from lessons and are free to remix them using Creative Commons Licensing. Most lessons involve reflective exercises, role playing activities and small group discussion using realistic scenarios. Teachers are not expected to be frequent users of social media or Web 2.0 technologies to deliver the lessons. The facilitators guide and detailed lesson plans provide adequate support for educators. While realistic scenarios are used, the pen and paper approach may fail to engage some students. The involvement of Harvard Project Zero would be well received at my school. The American context would require changes to be made to lessons, such as those dealing with copyright, for it to be suitable for Australia.

While acknowledging the challenges and negative aspects the internet can bring, the above resources take a positive approach to digital citizenship and can be embedded into the curriculum or used for just in time lessons.

 

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