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This course for elementary school teachers is designed to improve your understanding of how kids use digital media, and the possibilities and perils they face in the digital world. Through guided activities and access to engaging instructional materials, you will gain practical strategies to teach your students the digital citizenship skills they need to harness the potential of technology for learning and life.

About This Course

Kids today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary possibilities, and yet they face potential perils, too. Schools and teachers are dealing with the associated ramifications, like safety and security concerns, cyberbullying, copyright and plagiarism, finding and evaluating quality sources, and more. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills.

In this course, you will learn about what motivates kids in their use of technology and you will be able to teach them skills to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world.


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Foundation Track

The Foundation track is designed to help you build a foundation of understanding of the digital lives of your students, eight core topics of digital citizenship, and how to teach digital citizenship to students and engage parents using research-based resources from Common Sense Education. Completion of this track qualifies you to apply for one Continuing Education Unit. (Estimated effort: 15 hours)

Certification Track

The Certification track builds on the activities of the Foundation track to provide a structured pathway to becoming a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator by Common Sense Education, which includes teaching lessons to students and engaging parents and the school community. Completion of this track qualifies you to apply for two Continuing Education Units. (Estimated effort including implementation: 30 hours)

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Common Sense Education

Common Sense Education provides high-quality digital literacy and citizenship programs to educators and school communities, empowering students to harness technology for learning and life. Their free resources include ratings and reviews of digital tools, a comprehensive K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.

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Course Code: DC110E
Course Release: Oct 20, 2016
Estimated Effort: 15 Hrs (30 Hrs Cert. Track)

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