Digital Citizenship Toolkit
About This Toolkit
Digital Citizenship is a key competency in the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS). These competencies focus on learning enhanced by technology, rather than on technology tools. The MITECS reflect a learner-driven approach that empowers students to be active participants in determining their educational pursuits. The MITECS support learning in all content areas.
The Digital Citizenship Toolkit has been designed to support educators as they help students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
This toolkit provides many resources and guidance for developing a deep understanding of digital citizenship as well as ways to teach and coach students to become skillful users.
The toolkit materials are selected to align with the needs of educators embarking on a learner-centered, job-embedded approach to implementing digital citizenship activities across all grade levels and content areas.
What's inside this Toolkit
The toolkit contains resources organized into six sections:
- Digital Citizenship Elements
- Digital Citizenship: Foundational Understandings
- Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Relationships & Communication / Cyberbullying & Digital Drama / Media Balance & Wellbeing
- News Media & Literacy
- Privacy & Security
Format of each section
- Resources for New Learning: The first section of each chart contains links to explore for new learning.
- Questions for Reflection: The chart includes questions to consider for individual or collaborative reflection.
- Tasks for Skill Development: The chart’s final column suggests tasks and protocols to refine skills and implement strategies.
How to Use the Toolkit
The sections of this toolkit can be used by individual teachers for their own professional learning, or by teams of educators collaborating together. The questions for reflection and tasks for skill development were created to support professional learning communities, grade-level teams, content teams, or school faculty as they explore how to integrate the teaching of media literacy in their districts or schools. Each section of the toolkit can be explored independently or the entire toolkit can be implemented in the order it was designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for implementing media literacy in your district, school, or classroom.
For your convenience, you may download a full PDF file of the Digital Citizenship Toolkit here.