One of my favorite (and most challenging) parts of my job is creating engaging lessons/activities to promote good tech use amongst our students in and out of school.
Sometimes this knowledge and skills is taught in classes, but a lot of times, it is taught separately during our advisory/weekly BLOCK time when we often work on social and well-being skills with our students.
For me, it can be hard to identify exactly what the grade of students needs and how it can be taught well, rather than a teacher droning on about the “No, no, nos” of their digital world which we are not always a part of. Compounded with this, is sometimes I have to prepare lessons that I will not teach. Often times, advisory teachers or grade level teachers teach the content and may not have social media or a good understanding of how our kids use it as they try to share their wisdom with the students.
That being said, I think it is effective, most of the time. I try to partner up teachers so that even listening to what the students are saying can be educational for them, and I try to have interactive activities which get the kids to think and share their thoughts. Many times there are no answers, but the students are left with questions, that they hopefully ponder, strategies that they may try or at least develop empathy and/or understanding of the systems and their classmates.
Here is our Secondary Digital Citizenship document to date. It is a “live” document which is revised regularly. I feel that the digital citizenship curriculum can’t be planned out perfectly every year. Every year, different groups of kids walk through the doors. Each grade level’s digital socialization is a bit different than the other. It’s a great challenge. I like that I do teach some of the students, because then I do get a good feel for what they are doing and how they are using their technology.