Digital Citizenship

The Topeka Public Schools has a comprehensive digital citizenship curriculum, designed to empower students and staff to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. Our district uses two tools to accomplish this. The first tool is the curriculum from Common Sense Education. It provides lesson plans, videos, student interactives, and assessments, to professional learning and family outreach materials. This turnkey Curriculum provides schools with everything they need to take a whole-community approach to digital citizenship. The lessons are divided into eight topics:

  • Self-Image and Identity
  • Relationships and Communication
  • Digital Footprint and Reputation
  • Cyberbullying and Digital Drama
  • Information Literacy
  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy and Security
  • Creative Credit and Copyright

The second tool is Google's Be Internet Awesome curriculum. There is a section to train the teacher on how to use the materials and to demonstrate best practices. Teachers can earn a badge upon complettion of the training course. Teacehrs can assign Interland to specific classes or sections by using the integrated Share to Classroom icon for Google Classroom. 

The students' portion is comprised of a game format that is used after direct instruction to reinforce the lessons just learned. The curriculum is divided into fice sections:

  • Be Internet Smart - Share With Care
  • Be Internet Alert - Don't Fall for Fake
  • Be Internet Strong - Secure Your Secrets
  • Be Internet Kind - It's Cool to be Kind
  • Be Internet Brave - When in Doubt, Talk It Out

The currciulum is based on ISTE Standards for Students, which Topeka Public Schools uses for technology standards.

Documents / Websites

Topeka Public Schools Digital Citizenship Standards

Common Sense Media

Google Be Internet Awesome

Parent / Family Resources

Lesson Plans

Engage students in the highest quality of learning • Prepare students for responsible, productive citizenship • Inspire excellence for a lifetime
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