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8 Digital Citizenship


Digital Law – my greatest weakness

Upon reading the 9 themes of digital citizenship, I realized I am particularly weak in the area of digital law.  I never thought I was breaking any laws as a citizen in the digital community.  Through further research, I learned about using images and copyright laws.  I honestly often just do a google image search when I am in need of a picture for a document or my classroom webpage.  I have now learned how to do a proper google image search that takes usage rights into account.

  • Step one – complete a google image searchgoogle image search
  • Step two – click on search tools
  • Step three – click on usage rights
  • Step four – select appropriate choice from the menugoogle image search 2
  • Step five – choose an image that is labeled for reuse

I am thankful that this is fairly simple to do and will make sure to search for images appropriately in the future.  When I instruct students on how to add images to their documents and online projects, I will be sure to go over these steps and the importance of following digital law to protect ourselves and others.

Digital Citizenship for Families

To communicate the importance of being a good member of the digital community to parents, I added a section about internet safety under the resources for parents tab on my classroom webpage.  It includes links to tips for families and a link to a kid friendly search engine.  Click here to see this page on my classroom website.

Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Classroom

In looking for lessons to do with my kids this fall, I discovered The Power of Words on Common Sense Media.  What a powerful lesson to touch on internet safety and cyberbullying.  I would like to use this lesson with my students before I introduce blogging.  I want students to understand the importance of making comments that are positive and constructive.

While continuing to search the internet for resources, I found this incredible activity about leaving a digital footprint.  Thank you to Tales from a Tidy Teacher for sharing! I definitely see myself trying this with my kids this fall.  I want them to understand that everything they post online stays with them for years to come.  The lesson also incorporates Tagxedo to give them an interesting way to show what they would want connected to their name in 10-15 years. I look forward to seeing what words and ideas my students come up with.

CITW and ISTE Standards

I feel that thing 8 is closely linked to cooperative learning.  In order for my students to participate in blogging and the use of collaborative learning tools, they need to completely understand digital etiquette, cyberbullying and their digital footprint.  They need to be able to use these tools in an appropriate, kind and respectful manner.  It also clearly supports ISTE Standard 4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility.  By implementing lessons from Common Sense Media, I will be promoting digital citizenship in my classroom on a regular basis.


3 Visual Learning

3 Visual Learning

Oh man! I had way too much fun with this one! There seems to be endless possibilities with the graphic organizers and word clouds!  I am going to spend some more time googling uses in the elementary classroom to get inspired.  There are so many creative ways to put these into your lessons for those visual learners.  The first Wordle I tried was just copying and pasting a paragraph about Sloths from Nat Geo for Kids.  We do a unit on ecosystems every year and the students spend time researching specific animals that live in their ecosystem.  I thought this would be a cool way to represent main ideas about an animal.

Wordle: Sloth


So many for the 108 uses for Word Clouds hit home for me.  I could definitely see myself using them for vocabulary, book reviews, parts of speech and for students to check their word usage in a piece of writing. I also think it would be awesome for community building at the beginning of the year.  Each student could create a word cloud about themselves.

I also couldn’t resist playing with Tagxedo.  I thought it was a perfect tool for opening the school year.  It is a great place to put words and character traits that are important for success this school year.  I chose to copy and paste our classroom promise into Tagxedo.  I loved that I could make it in the shape of a star to go with our Superstar classroom theme!

Our Promise to Each Other

Our Promise to Each Other


I decided to try playing with Popplet to experiment with mind mapping.  I imagined that it would be a great tool for students to show the multiple ways to represent and solve a multiplication problem.  Click Here to check out my multiplication Popplet.

QR Code for Waverly Community Schools Website

QR Code for Waverly Community Schools Website


QR Codes are completely new to me.  I am one of those crazy people without a smart phone so have never had the chance to experiment with them.  It was interesting to read about the many uses for them.  I could see using it for scavenger hunts or classroom tours on curriculum night.  I emailed our district tech department to see if there is a QR Code reader available for the Chrome Books our kiddos will be using.  Looking forward to trying this out in the fall!  Today I used QR Stuff to create a QR Code for my school webpage.


The infographic was definitely the most challenging for me.  I struggled to come up with what kind of information to present on it, but also how I would use it in the classroom.  Formatting was also much more challenging with this tool.  I tried modifying one of the available themes on Piktochart to present data about my students’ feelings towards math and reading as well as their success rate.  Check it out below.

Math vs Reading Infographic using Piktochart

Math vs Reading Infographic using Piktochart

All of these tools clearly tie into the CITW9 best practices: nonlinguistic representation and using advanced organizers.  I can really see my students organizing their ideas using popplet.  I can also create QR codes for students in anticipation of a lesson to support cues, questions, and advanced organizers

PHEW, that was a lot of learning!  SO excited to implement these things in the classroom and even more excited to play around with all of these new sites.  So finally, to conclude my never ending post about Visual Learning, go check out my Face of the Classroom page to see how I used to Tagxedo to display our classroom promise!