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Alex Bunting
Digital Citizenship
The project was a collaboration between me and Andy Richardson to build a workshop teaching teachers how to teach about Digital Citizenship.
For downloads and details, you can read my [more detailed] blog post on this topic here!  

Digital Citizenship is a new way of thinking about how we act online. It is a way of conveying to our students, that how we behave towards others online should be no different to how we treat other people in real life. As part of my COETAIL qualification in 2017 I created a digital citizenship professional development session with Andy Richardson (Lincoln School, Ghana). The purpose of the task was to develop international relations with other teachers, but also to demonstrate our understanding of the topic at the same time.

Click on the images above for detail on how we used these tools
A big goal of the project was also to demonstrate our ability to utilise Google Suite tools to facilitate the international collaboration element. This was important as our COETAIL course is also a Google Certified Educator training course, and so mastery of these tools is an important demonstration. We used three of the tools in a particularly useful manner: Sheets, Docs and Forms.

Why is it important to teach?

The presentation starts by discussing why we should even be teaching this. Advisory is an important part of a students education but it is most effective if teachers are on board and educated well also. Making students better people in real life is one thing, but they spend much of their life online (average of 2+ hours per day) and so how they represent themselves and treat others in that space is also important.

Online Privacy

This section looks at how we can set our privacy up so that only people we want to see our information can. Its about how we keep our data safe. It also looks at and some of the things we might not think about in terms of our own privacy.

How to stay secure online

Security is all about how we keep our hardware and our private areas secure. It covers topics such as how to make a good password, and how to protect ourselves from Malware.


Netqiuette is all about how we actually treat other people online. It details how the actions we take towards others in an online space are not always perceived in the way that we intend them to be, and what the consequences of that action might them be.

My online self

This final section culminates the session by looking at what a poor online reputation can actually end up meaning for students. This is the most important section because it looks at the persistence of the internet, and how a poor choice of post earlier on in life can continue to have ramifications for students years later.
The course covered five important areas. Click the titles above to learn more about each section.
The other main aim for this project was to create something that would be useful to educators across a broad spectrum. For example in some schools it might be seen as more important to ensure students' data is kept private. In others it might be more of a concern about the persistence of what students are posting, and in others still Malware might be something that needs to be targetted. Some of the current online courses (such as Google Digital Citizenship Course) are not in depth enough for a teacher to get a good enough understanding of how to tackle these problems. The course also includes student centered activities that teachers can use directly in the classroom.