Digital Literacy and Citizenship with Common Sense Education

With the technology available for students at Citipointe Christian College, in particular mobile devices (iPads), there is an increased ability for students to engage in learning through exploring, connecting and creating in ways never before imagined. This new educational landscape is not without potential pitfalls however including issues such as cyberbullying, digital cheating and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for our students to learn digital literacy and citizenship skills.

Common Sense Education’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empowers students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st-century skills are essential for our students to harness the full potential of technology for learning. Taught by our teachers, the prep-12 curriculum:

  • Introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media and their impact
  • Offers a comprehensive yet balanced approach in addressing safety and security concerns, including ethics and behavior issues, as well as digital literacy skills
  • Includes research-based lessons based on the work of Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Provides student-centered, media-rich lesson materials that emphasize skill building, critical thinking, ethical discussion, media creation, and decision making to students of all ages
  • Addresses the whole community by providing materials to educate parents and families about digital citizenship

There are 80 lessons in the full K-12 curriculum, with supporting materials such as student handouts, assessments, educational videos, family tip sheets, and professional development resources. The Scope & Sequence consists of three units for grade bands K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 and four units for Grades 9-12. Each unit is comprised of five lessons, which spiral to address a cross-curricular approach. The units build on each other by reinforcing developmentally appropriate topics. This education program brings students, families, and educators together to create world-class digital citizens for the 21st-century.

Scope and Sequence Overview