NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Digital Citizenship

EDUC 600




Instructor: Jim Ruid

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Course is offered: November 1 - December 31, 2013
January 1 - February 28, 2014
March 1 - April 30, 2014
May 1 - June 30, 2014
July 1 - August 31, 2014
September 1 - October 31, 2014
November 1 - December 31, 2014

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $265

Course Description:

Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.  Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.


Upon completion of this course the student will:

  • Understand the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship
  • Practice Digital Citizenship
  • Teach Digital Citizenship


During this course participants will:

  • Read about the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship at http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html.  Use your classroom and explain your student’s competencies as they relate to each of the nine elements.    Each element should be at least one paragraph in length, double spaced, size 12 font. 
  • Develop a lesson with the help of http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum/.  Start by clicking on Scope & Sequence, then find your grade level and pick a topic.  Modify the lesson to fit your needs, time (one full period), skill level of students and availability of technology. 
  • Create a Digital Citizenship guide for your students.  This guide is two to three pages in length and details responsible use of digital resources.   

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