Digital Citizenship and the

Balanced Approach to Learning
in Middle Years

What is the Role of Digital
Technologies in Education?

What does
modern learning
really look like at
the level of a
student’s desk?

What are the Essential Skills for
21st Century Learning?
21st Century Fluencies are
the transferable essential
skills that students need
today and in their future.
They are the fundamental
elements of learning that
are driven by pedagogy and
help to leverage curriculum.

Check out our Digital Book on the

Essential Skills of 21st Century Learning

Photo Source: Teach Thought

The 3 Digital Citizenship “REPs”

Source: Dr. Mike Ribble
http:digitalcitizenship.net

Digital Citizenship Continuum
Overview
3 Pillars of Digital
Citizenship
Respect
Educate
Protect
The 9 Elements
are under the 3
Pillars

What is the Digital
Citizenship Continuum
Based On?

Image Source: Sylvia

Work of Dr. Mike Ribble and the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

Respect
Essential Questions:
Etiquette: Are students aware of others when
they use technology? Do students realize
how their use of technology affects others?
Access: Does everyone in school have equal
access to technology? Do all students need
to engage in a digital society?
Law: Are students using technology the way
it was intended? Are there rights infringed
upon? Why should students using digital
technologies be accountable for how they
are used?
Source: Dr. Mike Ribble http:digitalcitizenship.net

Educate
Essential Questions:
Communication: Do I use email, cell phone
and instant messaging technologies
appropriately when communicating with
others? What rules, options and etiquette do
students need to be aware of when
communicating with technology?
Literacy: Does everyone in school have equal
access to technology? Do all students need
to engage in a digital society?
Commerce: Are students using technology
the way it was intended? Are there rights
infringed upon? Why should students using
digital technologies be accountable for how
they are used?

Source: Dr. Mike Ribble http:digitalcitizenship.net

Protect
Essential Questions:
Rights & Responsibilities: What rights and
responsibilities do students have in a digital
society? How do we make students more
aware of their rights and responsibilities
when using technologies?
Safety & Security: How do students protect
their technology in a digital society? How can
students be taught to protect themselves and
their equipment from harm?
Health & Welfare: How can students be
physically affected by technology? Are
students aware of the physical dangers that
can accompany the use of digital technology?

Source: Dr. Mike Ribble http:digitalcitizenship.net

How Does Digital Citizenship
Connect to Curriculum?

Integrate authentically

Connect Digital Citizenship lessons to Curriculum to make learning
stick!

Lessons can go beyond just stand alone lessons, but connect to
curriculum.

Source:
National Canadian Common Curriculum Framework fo

Digital Citizenship Lesson
Development

• Small groups will focus on one pillar and
elements in a pillar
• 2-3 participants/group of similar grade levels;
each group will create a collaborative lesson
plan that focuses on 1 or 2 of the nine elements
in the Digital Citizenship Continuum.
(Respect, Educate, Protect)

• Build a Collaborative Document in O365:
• Review Continuum, especially the Pillar you are assigned.
• Brainstorm lesson ideas, use the resources from
http://iamstronger.ca/
• Connect to curricula - How can you integrate the skills and
knowledge in an authentic way with curriculum?

Digital Citizenship Continuum
Exploration
Include in your Lesson:
• Curriculum Areas:
• Curricular Outcome(s):
• Resources /Materials:
• Websites and Digital Resources:
• 21st Century Essential Skills:
• Digital Citizenship Concepts and Skills: RESPECT, EDUCATE,
PROTECT 
• Digital Citizenship Essential Questions:  
• Essential Knowledge - See Digital Fluency Continuum
• Knowledge: What will students understand? 
• Skills: What will students be able to do?

Resources for Building Lessons
• Ministry of Education
I am Stronger Resources for Educators
• RCSD Digital Citizenship Resources
Other resources not listed:
Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
Edutopia – Digital Citizenship Week, 6
Resources for Educators http://
www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-citizenship
-resources-matt-davis
• Inctrl http://www.teachinctrl.org

Lesson Framework
• Collaborative Ideas for Digital
Citizenship Integration into
teaching
• Framework Template – Click on
the link, go to Office365.
• Exemplar Lesson –
Digital Citizenship and Politics
• Download and save the
template and start developing a
collaborative lesson. Share with
Jennifer Stewart-Mitchell.

Brainstorming

Lesson Framework
Lesson design
that
incorporated
21st Century
Learning Skills

Lesson Framework
Be sure to
incorporate
elements from
the Digital
Citizenship
Continuum
when you plan.

When You Plan, Consider…
Think About Pedagogy
•What’s best for
learning and your
students?
•What are the learning
needs of all your
students? How do you
differentiate?

When You Plan, Consider…
Think About 21st
Century Skills
• What Essential Skill or
Skills do you want to
explore?
• How can these skills and
the use of digital
technology leverage
learning?
Check out our Digital Book on the
Essential Skills of 21st Century Learning

When You Plan, Consider…
Think About
Curriculum
• What outcomes
and indicators do
you want to
achieve?
• What Skills?
Knowledge?

Integrating Digital Tools to
Leverage Learning

Integrating Digital Tools to Leverage
Learning
How can we
provide
opportunities
and inspire
students to
create their
own
understandin
g?

The Key to Balanced Literacy is
Balance.
Each of these elements of a balanced
literacy approach is essential for
developing independent readers and
writers.
What new reading strategy or task
have you implemented successfully
in your classroom? Discuss and share
on our Padlet discussion board.
Want to know more about Padlet in the classroom,
watch this video.

Integrating Digital Tools in Balanced
Literacy

How can digital tools be
meaningfully integrated into
Balanced Literacy?
Technologies can transform the ways
in which teachers and students engage
in literacy experiences and build a
literate learning community.
Turn and share. What apps or software
have you used as part of your Tech
Tasks? Or what digital tools are you

Set the Course for Balanced
Literacy

1. What aspect of Balanced
literacy do you want to
examine? What 21st Century
Essential Skill do you want to
explore? What digital tool will
fit?

2. Create task cards for
students using Power point or
Word.
Add details like images and
borders from sites such as

Set the Course for Balanced
Literacy
1. Make Task Cards suit the needs of your
class, add verbal directions or video.
2. To add verbal directions use QR
Codes and a site like Vocaroo.
- Record audio using Vocaroo and save it
online. Anyone who visits the link can hear
the recording.
- Create a QR code for the Vocaroo link
using goqr.me
- Copy paste the QR Code onto the task
card.
- When printed, students can use the app,
QR Droid to access the directions on the

Provide Content
Provide reading content for
fiction and non-fiction at a
Center.
You can use a variety of apps and
websites.
Apps include:
• News-o-matic for grades 3 – 8
• Pearson Portal
• Epic – App to try and it’s free
Websites for weblinks in Tab Pilot or
QR Codes:
• Wonderopolis for Inquiry
• Soundcloud.com for audio podcasts
• The Kids Should See This Videos

Provide Content
Provide reading content for
fiction and non-fiction at a
Center.
Collect web links onto one
page. If you students will be
visiting multiple web links for
the center, use sites to post
and organize them. Provide a
Bitly link or QR code to the
collection for easy access.

Symbaloo.com
Weebly.com

Thinglink.com

Provide Content
Other ways to generate
content is to create
interactive lessons.
Use videos from YouTube,
Vimeo, or TeacherTube or
upload your own using
MovieMaker, Office Mix or
Sway.
Make a QR Code for
students to scan and

Support Creativity
Active Learning is Creating
Create a mindmap to help
students reflect on skills they are
learning at a center.
App to try:
Mindomo to create a mindmap
Online resources to try:
Popplet
Padlet

Support Creativity
Active Learning is Creating
Students can support their learning through other tasks to
support critical thinking, communication and creativity.
Students my want to try making an InfoPic – combines
pictures with text layered on top to communicate a message.
App to try:
Pixie
Explain Everything
Comics Head
Camera App on the device
Online resources to try:
Powerpoint online
Sway

InfoPic Example

Capture Responses
Summative Assessment, Sharing
Student work and Celebrating
Learning
Use Office 365 Groups blogs, web
pages, OneNote or even Excel forms
to reflect on learning. Provide
framework questions to help students
reflect and self assess, as well as
comment on the work of each other.
Digital Exit Slips: Excel Forms, Kahoot,
Quizziz, Plickers

Sample Balanced Literacy Task
Cards
The following are task cards for
grades 6-8.
Feel free to adapt and change the
task cards to suit your students’
needs, grade level, technical
comfort and context.
Be sure to think of digital tools
that are relevant, authentic and
will leverage learning. It’s about
keeping it simple and focusing on
what will leverage learning.

Listen and Read
Stories

Tech
1. Go to Epic, click on the app that looks
Task
like this. Find your teacher’s name in the
list and tap it.
2. Read one of these short books, jot
noting connections that you make on
sticky notes or on paper as you read
digitally.

3. Go to your Office 365 account, write a
response to what you have read, making a
connection to another text. This text piece
can be in another subject, or in another
book or in a non-fiction item (such as in
the news).

This is a sample app
for reading. You can
choose another app
or online resource.

Read, Listen, Reflect and
Respond

Tech
Go to QR Droid, click on the app that looks like
Task
this.

Scan the link to the podcast “Dear Prime
Minister”.
• In partners, jot note quotes that you found
thought provoking from the podcast. Then jot
note areas that should have been addressed.
• If you could write a letter to our new Prime
Minister what would you say? Write a letter
of advice using the podcast as inspiration.
• Go into Office365 and collaboratively
brainstorm ideas for your letter, then start
composing in a second draft.

Soundcloud.co
m
Podcasts for
listening

View, Read, Reflect and
Connect

Tech
1. Go to QR Droid and Scan the link to the weblink,
for the site The Kids Should See This http://
Task
thekidshouldseethis.com/
Choose a video from “Nature”. See the menu.

2. Meet a Canadian Scientist! Go to the David Suzuki
Foundation website and find an article that you think
connects to a video you watched. Read it and jot
down connections that you can make. Explain the
connection in your words.

thekidshouldseethis.com

3. Go to Mindomo and create a web that shows the
connections between the two sites. Be sure to
incorporate multimedia, such photos and videos to
illustrate your point.

www.davidsuzuki

Watch, Reflect and
Respond on Human Rights

Tech
1. Go to the QR Droid app and Scan the QR
Taskcode for the TEDEd video, What are
Human Rights?

2. Jot not key points on paper in the form of
a mindmap about the video.
3. Create a Mindmap about What are Human
Rights and Connections to Your Life. Use
the app, Mindomo and incorporate visuals
and websites in your mindmap.
4. In closing sharing your thoughts as
whether or not the right to the internet
should be considered a Human Right? Add
you comment to our Padlet Page.

TED Ed videos for Kids,
What are Human Rights?
Padlet QR – Use
goqr.me to create a
QR code after
creating a Teacher
Padlet account.
Students can then
access the
discussion board.

Watch, Reflect and
Respond on Human Rights

Tech
1. The following is an extention to the previous Tech Task
on TEDEd video, What are Human Rights?
Task
Humans around the planet are working hard to protect

habitat. Are these conservation efforts enough, or is it too
late for us to sustain the ecosystems that we all rely on?
2. What do you think is the most important and neglected
human right? Why?
3. 2. Look at your own country: do you think human rights
are upheld and protected where you live? Why/why not?

Share your responses to the Office 365 Group for our class.
Be sure to explain your ideas in complete sentences.
After you finish your post, read the posts of others and offer
your comments. Be sure to use the 3 C’s + Q model for
commenting effectively.

TED Ed videos for Kids, What are
Human Rights?

Read Online News
Stories

Tech
1. Click on QR Droid
Task

2. Scan the QR code and read the article
from Tween Tribune
www.tweentribune.com
3. Scan the QR code to our classroom
Kidblog account.
4. Locate your name and login.
5. Write a Connections Reflective
Response. Write connections about the
article, focusing on either 2 of the three
connections: Text to Text, Text to Self,
or Text to world.

Tweentribune. com

Read and Listen to
Poetry of Famous Poets
Tech
1. Click on QR Droid
Task
2. Scan the QR code and read the poem
from Poem Hunter, “People Equal” by
James Berry www.poemhunter.com
3. Scan the QR code to our classroom
student Weebly account.
People Equal

4. Locate your name and login.
5. Write a Connections Reflective
Response. Write connections about the
poem, focusing on either 2 of the three
connections: Text to Text, Text to Self,
or Text to world.

Read other poems
from

Listen and Look at
Pictures of Non-Fiction
Storybooks

Tech
Expectations – Remember to only explore the books
Task
on this Youtube page.
1. Tap QR Droid and scan the QR code
2. Choose a story from the list of Youtube videos from
Storyline
3. Listen to a story being read by famous people who also
love books.
4. Journal:

In your journal, write your favorite part of the story. Is there
a part that reminds you of another story? Tell us about it.

Create Comics with New
Words

Tech
1. Scan the QR code and go to
Task
Wonderopolis.com and read the

Wonder of the Day
2. Choose two Wonder Words that
are new to you.
3. Learn the definitions of the words.
4. Write a sentence that uses both
words in your journal.
5. Create a comic in Comics Head
using these new words showing the
meaning of the word through the
character’s actions and dialogue.
Be sure to have the character
using one of the words in a

Wonderopolis.co
m

Teacher
Soundcloud.com audio

Create a Story
about What You
Have Read

Tech
Task
1. Write a story with a beginning,

middle and end about one of the
characters you read about in your
Read to Self Station.
• Create a comic using the Comics
Head app with 3 panels for your
beginning, middle and end.
• Choose a background, a character
you want in your story, then add
props to help tell the story.

Create a Alternate Chapter
Comic from a Novel

Tech
Task

Is there a part in your book where you feel that the character makes a
mistake and the consequences of his or her decision drastically
impacted their lives? Wouldn’t it be nice to change things up?
Write an “Alternate Chapter” with a beginning, middle and end about
one of the characters from a novel you are currently reading, that
shows how their actions impacted the plot of the book.
• Create a comic using the Comics Head app with at least 8 panels to
clearly show what’s going on. You will need to create 2 separate
comics on the same tablet, to get 8 panels.
• Choose a background, additional characters you want in your story,
then add props to help tell the story.
• Use the Writing Process to make sure that your story has flow.
Brainstorm your story on paper or in Office 365 – Word.
• Create a storyboard in the form of a table to help plan out what will
happen in each panel.
• Revise the language to ensure the plot is clear.
• Start drafting in Comics Head. You will be able to go back and edit if
you need to.

Narrate Your Story
Tech
1. After you have created your comic in Comics Head, it is
Tasktime to add your voice!
2. Take screen shots of your comic. Open your comic. Hold
down the power button and the down volume button at
the same time, this will take a picture.
3. Click on Explain Everything and start a new
presentation.
4. Insert your comic.
5. Start narrating and recording your voice as you read
your story with lots of expression.

Buddies
Task

6. A Big Buddy will help you save your video and upload to
your teacher’s account on Youtube.

Narrate Your Story

Tech
1. Task
After you have created your comic in Comics Head, it is time
to add your voice!
2. Take screen shots of your comic. Open your comic. Hold
down the power button and the down volume button at the
same time, this will take a picture.
3. Click on Explain Everything and start a new presentation.
4. Insert your comic.
5. Start narrating and recording your voice as you read your
story with lots of expression.
6. Please ask your teacher for help to save your video and
upload to you’re his/her account on Youtube. Note: Students
are not allowed to have Youtube accounts on devices.

Buddies
Task

Read & Listen to Newso-matic News Stories
1. Click on the News-o-matic app.
2. Choose a news story for today. Read the
story and listen. Use your earphones.
3. View the video and slideshow and check
your understanding with a quick quiz!
4. Scan the QR code to our classroom Kidblog
account.
5. Locate your name and login.
6. Write a Connections Reflective Response.
Write connections about the article, focusing
on either 2 of the three connections:
Text to Text, Text to Self, or Text to world.
Class Blog
login

Blog about a Book
1. In this station you are going to reflect on a book
that you are reading during the Read to Self
Station. This can be an AR book.
2. Scan the QR code to our classroom Kidblog
account.
3. Locate your name and login.
4. Write a Connections Reflective Response. Write
connections about the chapter you are currently
reading, focusing on either 2 of the three
connections:
a) What text to text connection can you make about your
book and other articles, stories or books you have
read?
b) What connections can you make with the text to your
self?
c) What connection can you make with events in your
book to what’s going on in your world?

Class Blog
login

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Reminders - Upcoming Events
• Teachers interested in engaging their students
regarding issues on Digital Citizenship, may preregister for the 
Student First Anti-Bullying Online Forum on November
17th, 2015; hosted by the Ministry of Education and
facilitated by Dr. Alec Couros.
• Register before October 30th