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This course for high school teachers is designed to improve your understanding of how teenagers use digital media to explore, create, learn, and connect with others. Through guided activities and access to revelant media, articles, and instructional materials, you will gain practical strategies to teacher your students the digital citizenship skills they need to harness the potential of technology for learning and life.

About This Course

Kids and teens 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 opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — like privacy and oversharing, cyberbullying, plagiarism, and risks to their safety and security. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital citizenship skills.

In this course, you will learn about teens’ digital lives, exploring the challenges and opportunities they face. You will examine eight core topics of digital citizenship, and explore high-quality instructional materials to teach students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. You will also learn how to engage parents and families in a whole-community approach to digital citizenship.


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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: DC110H
Course Release: Aug 31, 2016
Estimated Effort: 15 Hrs (30 Hrs Cert. Track)

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