5b. Facilitate safe, healthy, legal & ethical use

“Technology coaches model and promote digital citizenship” (ISTE 2011).

b. Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.

A successful school technology program promotes “safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies” (ISTE 2011). Technology coaches can support this effort by designing and implementing an integrated digital citizenship curriculum.

During my coursework in the Seattle Pacific University Digital Education Leadership Master’s Degree program I examined best practices in designing, planning and implementing the digital citizenship aspect of a school technology program.


As a middle school teacher, I integrated digital citizenship lessons into my academic curriculum so that my students understood their rights and responsibilities as digital citizens and recognized that digital citizenship is something we exercise whenever we engage with technology.

I became a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, which led me to progress to become a Common Sense Education Ambassador. As a Common Sense Education Ambassador, I work directly with Common Sense Education to promote digital citizenship. My specialty is digital citizenship curriculum integration. I co-hosted a workshop on this topic, Integrating Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense!, at the Northwest Council for Computers in Education (NCCE) Annual Conference in March 2017, and will be co-hosting workshops at the Washington Library Association (WLA) Annual Conference and National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference, both in November 2017. I also hosted a Digital Citizenship Parent Event at a local elementary school that focused on the controversial topic: “screen time.”


As a Technology Integration Specialist, I co-wrote my school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), designed methods for parents and students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding school technologies, and led a professional learning session where teachers in all grades at our school integrated Common Sense Education’s Digital Citizenship Curriculum into their academic curriculum.

You can read more about my experiences in my blog posts:

“Teaching Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense!”

“Creating a Shared Vision for an Acceptable Use Policy and Digital Citizenship Curriculum”

“Conference Proposal – Integrating Digital Citizenship: It’s Common Sense!”

Technology coaches contribute to a technology-enhanced learning environment by collaborating with administrators, teachers, parents and students to design, plan and implement the digital citizenship aspect of the school technology program.

Works Cited

  1. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.

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