At Rashi, we talk about preparing our students for the world that they will inherit. What does that look like as the world becomes increasingly digital?
As Rashi third graders enter the library for their time with Julie Levine, they immediately find that the space has been transformed. The floor between the bookshelves is covered with squares that make multiple trails going in different directions. Each square includes a sample web posting including varying levels of personal and private information: first and last names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, and hobbies. As the students are seated, Julie introduces the topic of their lesson, "footprints."
In Julie's classroom, footprints have taken on new meaning to include digital footprints: the information about what you do on the internet. This unit is part of a broader curriculum on Citizenship in a Digital Age.
While students access online resources in our library beginning in Kindergarten, digital citizenship lessons begin in earnest once students reach third grade at Rashi. It is during this year that students are given access to email accounts as well as the apps associated with Google Classroom. As they spend their classroom time using online tools to enhance their learning, Rashi students in grades 3-5 also study digital citizenship with Julie during library hours.
The Rashi School’s Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Understanding what you write is permanent
Etiquette (proper address, subject, grammar, and structure)
Basic database searching (online World Book, Britannica, Kids Infobits database)
Importance of keeping track of sources/creating a very basic bibliography