Digital Citizen Lesson Mash-Up: Common Sense and Scratch

Common Sense | Graphite – Shad Wachter

Every teacher aims to make learning fun and to help students make meaningful connections. Two topics I cover in my technology literacy classes are digital citizenship and computational thinking through computer programming. As I examined Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship lessons and explored the new Scratch programming curriculum, I came up with a surprising mash-up of the two.

My fifth-grade students could learn about staying safe, responsible, and respectful online with the Common Sense curriculum and then create interactive computer animations in Scratch to demonstrate what they learned. The inherent excitement of creating something on the computer was all the motivation my students needed to become champions for digital citizenship. How did we do it? Read More