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SOS Instructional Strategies Top 10:  Digital Citizenship

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Students spend a significant amount of time in the digital realm and they need practice to become good digital citizens. Opportunities to learn and model online behavior prepare students to interact successfully in virtual spaces.

We’ve curated these Top Ten SOS Instructional Strategies for Digital Citizenship because they give students a chance to develop skills for digital interactions. They will help students build knowledge, collaborate, and practice good digital citizenship.

Tweet Tweet

The beauty of brevity: In Tweet Tweet, students must fit their communications into the traditional 140-character, or updated 280-character, tweet. This strategy is particularly effective to develop skills in summarizing and clear, concise communication.

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This strategy requires a deep understanding of a person, place, or object. Fakebook harnesses the appeal of social media to inspire students to create an online profile full of connections that reflect the events, people, and times of their topic.

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An Insta is worth a thousand words. Have students create Instagram-style posts in response to a DE video, then let them “post” and respond to each other’s Instagramming.

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Tabletop Texting

Getting to the core of a discussion is sometimes helped by constraints. Tabletop Texting simulates a text conversation (on paper) – succinct, dynamic, collaborative – to give structure to student discussions about a piece of media.

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Get Venn-y With It

Two images. Two circles. Get Venn-y With It. The simplicity is the key for this activity that pits two images against each other and asks students to compare within a Venn diagram.

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Puppet Pictures

Using the creative and conceptual format of a puppet show, Puppet Pictures requires students to have a solid understanding of the topic at hand. With images related to your unit, student write and narrate a puppet show.

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Connect the Dots

Digital footprints are their own type of web. Help students understand the concept of connections with the strategy Connect the Dots, in which students connect content from a piece of media to their own life experience by making text-to-self connections on paper.

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XO Let’s Go

Based on everyone’s favorite game of X and O, this tic-tac-toe adaptation is still all about taking turns. Players earn Xs and Os by listening as their partner discusses what they learned – no repeats!

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Conga Line

Digital conversations move quickly and often have multiple voices. Give students a chance to practice talking and listening to a variety of people with Conga Line, a strategy that uses two moving lines to provide students the opportunity to talk with many different people in quick succession.

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Inquiry Chart

Cite your source, please. Online, information flies and opinions are a dime a dozen. Inquiry Chart provides a structure that guides students to recognize and cite their sources, an invaluable skill for productive digital conversation.

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These ten strategies will help your students grow into productive and constructive citizens of the digital world. Find more instructional strategies in our SOS Instructional Strategies Channel, and encourage students to use all their newfound skills as responsible digital citizens!