Digital Citizenship Week
What is Digital Citizenship Week?Digital Citizenship Week is a time to engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online. It's a great time to jump-start, renew, or double down on your school's commitment to engaging students in learning important digital citizenship skills.Every day, students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Do they connect with like minds or spill too much information? Do they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Do they respect relationships or inadvertently damage reputations?
Texas Digital Citizenship Day 2013 was held March 5, 2013, to raise awareness of digital citizenship as a set of defined, teachable skills, and to engage parents, educators, students and lawmakers across the state as key stakeholders in making sure kids navigate the online world safely and responsibly. TASA partnered with Common Sense Media for the event.
As part of Texas Digital Citizenship Day, Common Sense created a comprehensive online Digital Citizenship Day Toolkit, which provides educators with valuable resources, including lesson plans differentiated by grade, school-based activities, and materials to engage and educate parents and caregivers. Our goal was to have as many Texas districts use the toolkit as possible.
Texas Digital Citizenship Day 2013 was supported by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).
Digital Citizenship Certification
Being named a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified District is an official stamp of recognition from Common Sense Education. It will not only strengthen the reputation of your district in your community (and beyond!) but may also will inspire other districts to get involved in teaching digital literacy and citizenship. Requirements include:
- Developing a digital-citizenship vision for the district.
- Providing in-person or online professional development to teachers on how best to implement digital-citizenship instruction.
- Engaging families.
Plus, prior to submitting an application, 75 percent of schools in the district must already have applied and been accepted as Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified Schools. To learn more, download the criteria and FAQ. Or, download a presentation to share with district staff and faculty.Common Sense also offers free Digital Citizenship Certification programs for educators and schools. Sign up today!
Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free, research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. The K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Common Sense Education's revolutionary educational rating system helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.