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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Free digital citizenship materials for innovative educators

Students interact with music, video, apps, social media and other digital content each day, but do they understand the rules that govern this content? To help teachers with this increasingly relevant topic, Microsoft has released a free curriculum that addresses digital citizenship, intellectual property rights, and creative content rights. 

The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program is aimed at secondary students and offers cross-curricular classroom activities that align with the American Association of School Librarians and National Education Technology Standards. The program is designed to work to support students in becoming respectful digital citizens and provides insights and advice from other students.

The program is broken down into four comprehensive units that can be used together or independently:
  1. “Creative What?”
  2. “By Rule of Law”
  3. “Calling All Digital Citizens”
  4. “Protect Your Work, Respect Your Work”
You can check out an overview of the curriculum here and the program is free to download after registering here.