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Build Community: Teach Digital Citizenship in Edmodo

Sarah Jackson Blogger Categories: Digital Citizenship, Common Sense News

Last week we announced a new partnership with Edmodo, the popular social network for teachers and students. We’ve created the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, a set of student activities for the Edmodo platform based on our free K-12 curriculum, Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture.

The activities are designed to make it easier for teachers to introduce digital citizenship concepts like Internet safety, identity, privacy, and cyberbullying using Edmodo’s secure platform and communication and sharing tools.

As an Edmodo member you’ll need to “follow” the Digital Citizenship Community on the site. Read the Digital Citizenship Intro Letter (featured in the community) for an overview of the Starter Kit elements. And finally visit the Community Collection to download the Starter Kit or add it to your Edmodo Library. The kit has two parts:

·      Getting Started: Download the “We the Digital Citizens Pledge” poster for your classroom, and complete the Digital Citizenship Pledge lesson with your students

·      Digital Citizenship Modules: Locate the appropriate folder (Elementary, Middle or High School) to download the five digital citizenship activities for your classroom. Each module includes an Edmodo-focused activity to get the conversation about digital citizenship started with your students.  Should you want to take a deeper dive, each module is linked to a corresponding Common Sense Media lesson.

If you’re not familiar with Edmodo you should check into it. Educators can use it as a course manager, an online gradebook, and a way to interact with their students, colleagues and peers online. They can also use the site for professional development or to easily post and share lessons.

Launched in 2008, Edmodo now has more than 10 million users from across the globe. It’s secure, free, and easy to use. If you haven’t yet checked it out, this is a great excuse to start. Sign up here.

And if you’re a regular user, it’s now even easier to download and use digital literacy resources for your classroom.

We’re thrilled to be working with Edmodo and to have a chance to reach so many educators who are already taking advantage of social networking and digital tools for sharing and communicating with students and colleagues. We launched last week and already have hundreds of educators who’ve signed up to enhance their own classroom communities.

“It’s learning about technology by using technology,” our general manager of education Mike Lorion said.  “Teaching kids to think critically and behave responsibly in today’s fast-paced digital world is essential, and Edmodo is a perfect platform on which to provide these important foundational skills.” 

If you’re a regular Edmodo user, we’d love to hear from you. Why do you like this tool? And how do you make use of it in your classroom?

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