CYBER CIVICS "MINI":
This condensed version of our turnkey middle school digital literacy program meets an urgent need to teach youth to be ethical, safe, and productive digital citizens. Includes eight lessons plus activities, slides w/videos, student packets, parent letters and teacher support to teach key digital citizenship, information and media literacy topics.
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About Cyber Civics Mini
To meet the need of many schools, after-school programs, community groups and home school families for a "mini" series of Cyber Civics lessons—we created this condensed series of lessons and activities.
Cyber Civics “Mini” includes six of our favorite lessons from Level 1 (Digital Citizenship), plus a sample lesson from Level 2 (Information Literacy) and Level 3 (Media Literacy for Positive Participation). Each is a snap to teach and will give young people the skills they need to successfully face some of the biggest challenges of the online world.
The best news? We are so convinced you will love these lessons that you will want to get our full program. So your investment will be credited towards any level of Cyber Civics should you subscribe within 12 months of purchase. How awesome is that?
What You Need To Know
Cyber Civics is packed with peer-to-peer learning activities that call on critical and ethical thinking skills developed through discussion, decision making, hands-on projects, problem solving activities, and role-play. It covers "digital citizenship" (the norms of appropriate and responsible technology use), "information literacy" (how to find, retrieve, analyze, and use online information), and "media literacy" (using critical thinking skills to analyze media messages).
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Getting Started Guide
Peaching at Home Guide
student Pre- & Post- Assessments
Student Assessment Quiz & Key
Lesson 1: The Five Principles of Citizenship
Becoming a “digital citizen” starts with an understanding of citizenship. This activity introduces students to the five tenets of good citizenship so that they will know how to act appropriately within a community, online and off.
Lesson 2: Digital Background Check
This hands-on lesson helps students understand that everything they do online—posting photos, commenting on YouTube videos, signing up for an app—leaves a permanent and public trail that contributes to their digital reputation. Through role play, students learn firsthand how one’s digital reputation can impact his or her ability to succeed in college and beyond.
Lesson 3: To Share or Not To Share?
The scenarios and their accompanying activities in this lesson help students consider how their online actions not only contribute to their own online reputations, but also to the reputations of others AND how the activities of others contribute to their own online reputations. Sound complicated? It is. That’s why kids need this lesson.
Lesson 4: Be Upstanding!
Students learn strategies to stand up to cyberbullying, or bullying of any kind, through this lesson, video, and activity that teaches them what it means to be an “upstander.”
Lesson 5: You Are The Words You Use
Sadly, 'hate speech" (a verbal attack on a person or a group of people, based on an identity characteristic like race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) is on the rise. Through this activity, students will learn what to do should they encounter or become the target of hate speech.
Lesson 6: My Self; My Selfie
Young people love taking and posting selfies, but sometimes they forget that these images convey a lot of information that may compromise their privacy. This lesson explores the growing popularity of the selfie by reviewing its surprising history, and teaches students what their posts might reveal about their characters.
SAMPLE LESSONS FROM LEVELS 2 & 3
LESSON 7: WHY CAN'T I CUT & PASTE
Knowing that you can’t just cut and paste what you find online is an important “information literacy” understanding. IN This lesson and activity, students learn the art of paraphrasing.
LESSON 8: ANALYZING ONLINE INFORMATION (PART 1)
Because there is an urgent need to teach students how to evaluate the information they find online, this lesson and activity teaches students a strategy to do just that.