Empowered Digital Citizens

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Empowered Digital Citizens 
Guide for Educators
If we want to prepare students for the world in which they live, then life inside school should resemble life outside of school. The role of the modern educator is to ensure students understand how to use digital resources responsibly and effectively for college, career, and citizenship success.    
Social media and online platforms are uniquely suited to help students meet the International Society for Technology in Education standards. 
You can view the standards at
  • Ensure seating allows teacher to view student screens.
  • Use programs and techniques to help students stay on task.
  • Help students develop focusing strategies .
  • Use techniques and tools to help avoid distractions.
  • Select programs such as Classcraft to manage and/or gamify your classroom. 
ISTE Standards
  • Set up your digital classroom for success  
  • Techniques and tips to avoid distractions 
  • Classroom management apps and websites  
Consider management for a digital classroom  
    1 Empowered Learner
    3 Knowledge Constructor
    6 Creative Communicator 
ISTE Standards
    Ways social media improves writing
    NY Times
Youtube is an effective and popular platform for learning, creating, and publishing to an authentic audience.
  • Review with students what to do if they find inappropriate content. 
  • Ensure you have lessons on media literacy and how to validate quality content. 
If you are a Google school, G Suite enables you to create a "whitelist" of allowed YouTube URLs for staff and students.  
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Supporting students in the effective use of social media is crucial if our students are to develop news literacy, media literacy, and general literacy when it comes to reading and writing. 
This is the platform where they develop a digital image and encounter an authentic audience. 
Social Media 
(i.e. Twitter, Facebook, 
  • Review social media guidelines with students and families.
  • Refer to lessons in the teacher guide.
  • Attend digital citizenship training offered in collaboration with Common Sense Education and EverFi. 
Brush Up & Review
    1 Empowered Learner
    2 Digital Citizen
    3 Knowledge Constructor
    6 Creative Communicator
    7 Global Collaborator
ISTE Standards
    Personal Learning Network articles
    A guide for social media in the classroom
  Instant Messaging 
(i.e. iMessage, Yahoo Messenger, Skype)  
Instant messaging is a powerful tool for communicating and collaborating. From professor and linguist David Crystal:  
“What is texting? Texting is writing and reading. 
The more practice you get in writing and reading, the better writer and reader you will be.”  
Have clear guidelines  for communication i.e.  type of writing, purpose, audience, when appropriate to use standard/non-standard English.  
    Research and benefits of instant messaging
    1 Empowered Learner
    2 Digital Citizen
    7 Global Collaborator
ISTE Standards
    Txting: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal
    Video from linguist and professor David Crystal
    Research on texting positive effects on literacy
  Music (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music)  
Our students live their lives to a sound track. There is a significant body of research that indicates that students can continue to be productive with the right music in their ears. Not only that, but music has also been found to improve mood, productivity, and support collaboration.
  • Choice of material to support concentration needs to be taught. 
  • Ensure students have methods to determine if listening to music helps them learn better or is a distraction. 
  • Ask students to create a clean playlist that can be reviewed and approved by the teacher and/or parent.   
    Benefits of music for students
    1 Empowered Learner
ISTE Standards
    Study of benefits of music at work
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Lisa Nielsen
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   Eileen Lennon