On Tuesday May 3, the Instructional Technology department hosted their annual Digital Citizenship Award ceremony at Manual Career Tech. On that night, 125 students were honored for demonstrating that they know how to be good “Digital Citizens.”
Teaching students about digital citizenship is now a federally mandated curriculum, but KCPS has been giving our K-8 students guidance on the nine areas of Digital Citizenship since 2007. It is a major component of the technology curriculum our computer teachers teach every year.
The Instructional Technology department is amazed every year about what new tools our students learn to use and how they teach their peers to protect themselves in a world that is becoming more digital every year. This year was no different. The list of products used include: Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoStory and MovieMaker; Tech 4 Learning: Frames 4 and Pixie 2; PowToon, Toon Doo, and Prezi.
Our students were also honored for their programming skills they created using code from Code.org. This year we had Flappy games, Star Wars themed games, “Frozen” snowflakes and Minecraft activities. They used the Play lab component of Code they programed their own stories and games using code. At the end of the night, students, teachers, parents, siblings and friends recited the Anti-Bullying pledge in honor of National Anti-Bully day May 4.