New Year, New Look for Our Scope and Sequence

Discover how our digital citizenship offerings work together to support your teaching.

September 03, 2015
Darri Stephens Senior Director, Education Content
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Common Sense News, Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy

You might have noticed the new look and feel for our Digital Citizenship curriculum interactive Scope & Sequence. Don’t worry -- we haven’t changed the number or order of the lessons. We simply refreshed the look to better show how all our offerings work together to support you in incorporating digital citizenship into your teaching.

Right at the top of the page, you’ll find a PDF of our Curriculum Overview and a chart of our K-12 lessons. Print and share these with your team or school administrator, then you’re ready to roll!

Let’s say you’re a sixth-grade teacher; just click on the 6-8 tab:

  1. Get Trained: First, if you’re new to Common Sense, take our professional development training, for which you can receive a one-hour certificate.
  2. Onboard Students: A great way to engage your students from the get-go is to introduce them to Digital Compass, an interactive way for middle schoolers to dive into the twists and turns of digital life.
  3. Teach Lessons: Next, teach the five lessons in Unit 1. Some teachers frontload the lessons at the beginning of the school year; others integrate them throughout the year (<4 hours in total). All of our lessons tie to Common Core, AASL, and ISTE standards. Many also incorporate videos! We suggest spiraling through the units by teaching Unit 2 in seventh grade and Unit 3 in eighth.
  4. Give Assessment: Follow up with the interactive unit-level assessment. Students can take the assessment and then share their table of results with you -- an easy way to document your efforts with regard to E-rate funding.
  5. Engage Families: We know it takes a whole-community effort to raise good digital citizens. Introduce your PTA to our parent-led program, where they can talk through some of the opportunities as well as challenges of raising kids in this digital world.
  6. Get Certified: Then, it’s time to get recognized! You’ve done all the work, so go get certified by Common Sense Education.

Finally, here are some other tips and tricks to know about!

  • You can filter by topic within a grade band by clicking on one of the topic buttons in the left-hand column (double-click to deselect).
  • You will find THREE ways to access our lessons on each lesson webpage: in printable PDF form, via iBooks Textbooks, and now via Nearpod (the device-agnostic way to deliver our lessons digitally!).
  • You can find materials in Spanish on each lesson webpage in the right-hand column. And all of our Unit 1 lessons are available in French-Canadian. If you go to our YouTube channel, you can view videos in French-Canadian, or you can use YouTube’s closed captioning option to subtitle all of our videos in almost any language. 
  • The "Library" lessons are no longer part of our Scope & Sequence. Although we've retired them, you can still search for the lessons by name to access them.
  • All of our education lesson content falls under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You can find more information about our site’s terms of use here.

Using the Scope & Sequence is just one way to integrate digital citizenship school- and district-wide. We encourage you to pick the lessons that best fit your students' needs. We all hope you have a great beginning to the 2015-2016 school year. Please let us know how it goes!