BFA Elementary and Middle School Students Collaborate to Learn Digital Citizenship

Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step –  Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences.

Indicator of Success  –  Learning outcomes will be expanded to encourage curiosity, communication, and digital citizenry.

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Last week marked the beginning of three sessions of collaboration between elementary and middle school students about Internet safety. 

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Middle school students took a leadership role in working with small groups of elementary students to answer three essential questions: 

  1. How do I go places safely online?
  2. What Information is Appropriate in a Digital Footprint?
  3. How does the Internet connect you to others?

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Materials for these learning activities were modified from resources found at Common Sense Media. The lessons allow students to make connections by learning that they can visit exciting places online, but need to carefully follow certain rules to remain safe.

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Students also understand how the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or trail. This trail can be big or small, helpful or hurtful, depending on how they manage it.

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Technology is an amazing tool that comes with great responsibility. Students learn the importance of using technology appropriately.

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Finally, students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet. They discover ways that people can communicate online and unite a community.

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We are excited to see middle school student-leaders collaborating with young elementary students to become responsible citizens in the Digital-Age!

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