Lesson Plan

Intro. to Digital Citizenship in the 21st century (Duration: 1 class period)

Students will be introduced to the concept of digital citizenship and think about what it means for them.
Thea W.
Technology Teacher
Brooklyn Arbor Elementary
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Students will be able to explain and illustrate why it is important to be respectful and safe in the digital world as in the physical world.

Social Studies
Grades 3 - 5
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1 Connection/Link

Prequisite student skills: 

  1. Students know how to use tools in Google Drawing
  2. Students know how to copy & paste
  3. Students know how to use Read & Write Chrome extension
  4. Students know how to use Google Translate

Create a Google Drawing file for each of the classes you teach, change the sharing settings to "anyone with the link can edit", post the link for students to access on your class/subject area Google site.

Include a few images of safety and respect dues and don't in the physical world for students to choose from.

Student Instructions

Students will visit your class/subject area site to access the shared class Google drawing.

They will draw or copy & paste one of the provided images, use the text tool to type their name and share one way they try to safe and/or one way they try to be respectful in the physical world.

Students who have difficulty with typing or English proficiency can use the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension to help them.

Students will turn and talk to a partner about what they shared in the Google drawing and why it's important to stay safe and be respectful in the physical world, the real world we live in.

2 Mini-lesson

Have collaborative class Google Drawing up on the Smart board.

Explain to students that the ways they've shared of being safe and respectful are part of being a good citizen.

Explain that it is important that they also be good digital citizens.

Model for students how to access the Brainpop videos about digital citizenship.

Model for students how/where to access the shared class Google drawing on digital citizenship.

Model for students how to access The Noun Project website and copy images into the Google Drawing.

Show students a completed Google Drawing showing a lesson learned about digital citizenship.

Student Instructions

Students will watch the YouTube video titled " Introduction to Digital Citizenship", then turn and talk about what they think it means to be a good digital citizen and share ideas about what they think they can do to be a good digital citizen. 

Students will watch/listen during the rest of the mini-lesson.

Students will ask any questions they have at the end of the mini-lesson.




3 Guided Practice

Call on students to model the steps again that you just showed.

Student Instructions

Students can volunteer (or be randomly selected) to model the steps just shown.

4 Independent Practice

Prequisite student skills: 

  1. Students have used Brainpop before and know how to use it.

Have these links posted on class/subject area Google Site:

Another collaborative class blank Google Drawing file

  1. YouTube video on Introduction to Digital Citizenship
  2. Brainpop digital citzenship videos
  3. The Noun Project

Also, have this question posted for students to respond to in the Google drawing.
What does good citizenship look like for kids and what do you think you can do to be a good citizen?

Student Instructions

Students will choose a Brainpop video on a digital citizenship topic of their choice and watch it.

Students will add text accompanied by an illustration using images The Noun Project website showing a digital citizenship lesson learned from the Brainpop video they chose to watch.

5 Share

Prequisite student skills: 

  1. Students have used Google Hangouts before and know how to use it.

The teacher will choose up to 3 partners to share, who's posts show accurate/deep learning and good use of The Noun Project site.

Teacher screenshare throughout the hangout to show the class collaborative Google Drawing as different partners share/discuss what they posted and reflect on their learning experience.

Teacher will video record the Google hangout so the class can archive and refer back to it in Google Classroom in the future.

Student Instructions

Students will share what they've learned with a partner.

One student partner will join the hangout.

Up to 15 pairs (30 students total) will join the Google hangout.

Up to 3 partners (if time permits), chosen by the teacher, will be able to share their learning reflections.