Teaching & Learning with Technology

Key Concepts in Digital Citizenship

LPS has identified the following digital citizenship “key concepts” to teach our students. The LPS Digital Citizenship Committee works with building leaders to develop plans for teaching these key concepts to all students K-12, within their existing courses. 

Staff members can find implementation plans and more in the LPS Digital Citizenship LibGuide

Parents and community members with questions about the digital citizenship implementation for Lincoln Public Schools should feel free to contact Chris Haeffner [chaeffne@lps.org], Director of Library Media Services for more information.

Etiquette and Respect

In grades K - 5, students will:
In grades 6 - 8, students will:
In grades 9 - 12, students will:
• Understand how technology use affects you and others.• Understand how technology use affects you and others.• Understand how the use of digital technology affects yourself, others, and the global community.
• Know and use good internet manners.• Know how to act responsibly when communicating via digital media.• Know how to act responsibly when communicating via digital media.
• Understand common best practices when using digital communication technologies.• Be able to use common best practices when using digital communication technologies.
• Understand the challenges of interpreting the emotion in digital messages.• Understand that tone and intent can be difficult to convey in digital communication.• Understand how tone and intent can be difficult to convey in digital communication.
• Be able to take appropriate steps to mitigate potential problems with digital communication.• Be able to take appropriate steps to mitigate potential problems with digital communication.
• Know the possible consequences of taking pictures of or recording others without permission.• Understand that recording or manipulating the image or voice of another person without their permission may violate school policies and state law.• Understand that recording or manipulating the image or voice of another person without their permission may violate school policies and state law.
• Be able to identify and appropriately respond to cyberbullying.• Be able to identify and appropriately respond to cyberbullying.• Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered hurtful to others (e.g. online bullying, cyberbullying, hate speech).

Safety and Security

In grades K - 5, students will:
In grades 6 - 8, students will:
In grades 9 - 12, students will:
• Know how a secure password can help you protect your private information.• Understand the importance of password security.• Understand the importance of password security.
• Know strategies for developing strong passwords.• Develop and manage passwords for personal digital accounts that provides digital privacy and personal data security.
• Know what information should be kept to yourself when using the Internet.• Understand safe online communication behaviors (my behaviors).• Practice effective and safe online communication behaviors (my behaviors).
• Know how to stay safe when visiting a website.• Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered inappropriate and risky (others' behaviors).• Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered inappropriate and risky (others' behaviors).
• Understand the risks and consequences of "sexting" (taking, sending, or forwarding sexually explicit messages via text, messaging,
or social media).
• Understand the risks and consequences of taking, sending, or forwarding sexually explicit messages via text, messaging, or social media. (a.k.a. "sexting")
• Learn how to guard against scams, identity theft, and hacking.• Know how to guard against scams, identity theft, and hacking.
• Be able to identify how some websites try to get people to buy things.• Understand the opportunities as well as the problems associated with purchasing items using digital technology.• Know the components of e-commerce and online shopping. (e.g. Authenticity of vendors and product, payment options, shipping costs, return policies, secure browser, targeted advertising).
• Understand how and why companies (websites, etc.) collect and use your personally identifiable data.
• Understand that you are never invisible when using digital tools.• Understand that complete privacy can never be guaranteed within digital tools.• Understand that complete privacy can never be guaranteed within digital tools.
•Identify the signs and dangers of sex trafficking.•Identify the signs and dangers of sex trafficking.

Digital Identity

In grades K - 5, students will:
In grades 6 - 8, students will:
In grades 9 - 12, students will:
• Explore the ways in which digital media impacts their lives.• Explore the ways in which digital media impacts their lives.• Explore the ways in which digital media impacts their lives.
• Understand that use of digital tools can have both positive and negative effects on personal well being.• Understand that use of digital tools can have both positive and negative effects on personal well being.• Understand the impact of digital tools on physical and mental health and the importance of a healthy balance (Cultivation theory, Online Disinhibition).
• Know how the Internet connects you to others.
• Know how to interact positively in online communities.• Identify productive ways to contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.• Understand the impact of exchanging ideas within the global learning community.
• Know the definition of digital footprint.• Understand that digital content is persistent. (Content remains permanent regardless of privacy settings and can be searched, copied, recovered, and passed on.)• Understand that digital content is persistent. (Content remains permanent regardless of privacy settings and can be searched, copied, recovered, and passed on.)
• Be able to identify what information is OK to have in your digital footprint.• Understand that your digital footprint can be helpful or harmful to your reputation and can have an impact on your life during and after school.• Understand that your digital footprint can be helpful or harmful to your reputation and can have an impact on your life during and after school.
• Understand the ethics of exaggerating, deceiving, or adopting a different identity online.• Understand the ethics of exaggerating, deceiving, or adopting a different identity online.

Digital Law

In grades K - 5, students will:
In grades 6 - 8, students will:
In grades 9 - 12, students will:
• Understand the LPS codes of student conduct that address behaviors when using digital tools.• Be able to follow the LPS codes of student conduct that address behaviors when using digital tools.• Be able to follow the LPS codes of student conduct that address behaviors when using digital tools.
• Understand that terms of service agreements are important and have real world implications.• Understand terms of service and the implications of agreeing to these contracts.
• Know why it is important to give credit for other people's ideas and work.• Understand the role of copyright and fair use in creating and sharing digital works.• Understand the role of copyright and fair use in creating and sharing digital works.
• Be able to cite different types of online sources.• Use online material ethically, including citing sources and requesting permissions.• Use online material ethically, including citing sources and requesting permissions.
• Know that plagiarism and piracy are wrong.• Understand that piracy and plagiarism have ethical and legal implications.• Understand that piracy and plagiarism have ethical and legal implications.
• Understand that in Nebraska, people of any age who send or receive sexually explicit photographs by cell phone or computer are at risk of felony child pornography charges. Child pornography includes depiction of someone under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct – such as actions, poses, or nudity.• Understand that in Nebraska, people of any age who send or receive sexually explicit photographs by cell phone or computer are at risk of felony child pornography charges. Child pornography includes depiction of someone under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct – such as actions, poses, or nudity.

Access and Evaluation

In grades K - 5, students will:
In grades 6 - 8, students will:
In grades 9 - 12, students will:
• Know how to tell if online information is reliable and accurate.• Apply strategies for effective and efficient searches for information.• Apply strategies for effective and efficient searches for information.
• Be able to use strategies for effective and efficient online searches.• Evaluate and select appropriate sources to answer questions.• Evaluate and select appropriate sources to answer questions.
• Understand how audience, purpose, and perspective impact the message of media sources.• Evaluate information on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.• Evaluate information on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.
• Understand that online information and media sources contain different perspectives.• Be able to explain how audience, purpose, and perspective impact the message of media sources.• Be able to explain how audience, purpose, and perspective impact the message of media sources.