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Date: December 11th, 2008
Submitted By: Jennifer Maydole   -   Web Site: clk.atdmt.com/DDB/go/117355155/direct/01/

Digital Citizenship and Creative Content

Students interact with music, movies, software, and other digital content daily. Do they understand the rules surrounding the appropriate use of these digital properties, and why these issues are relevant?

The Digital Citizenship and Creative Content curriculum is a turnkey instructional program made available for free through Microsoft sponsorship. It was designed to raise awareness and foster better understanding of the rights connected with creative content. In addition, it helps instill in students a personal respect for creative materials in a way that changes their behaviors and perceptions about digitally delivered content. Only through education can students gain an understanding of the relevance of and a personal respect for creative rights and grow to become good digital citizens.

The curriculum resources offer a comprehensive set of cross-curricular classroom activities that are divided into four separate thematic units. Each unit consists of 4-6 standalone yet complementary lesson plans that provide a variety of ways to engage students in the learning experience. It is not necessary to implement all of a unitís activities to achieve a meaningful learning experience. This program was designed for grades 8-10, but easily adapts for use in grades 6-12. It aligns with AASL Standards for 21st Century Learner and covers subject areas that include Civics, Computer Science, Debate, Economics, Fine Arts, Government, Journalism, Language Arts, Drama, and Video Production.

To learn more about the Digital Citizenship and Creative Content program and to download the free curriculum, click the link above.