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Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy

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Educational Technology

Bre Urness-Straight

Substitute Senate Bill 5449 directed OSPI to survey teacher-librarians, principals, and technology directors in order to understand how they are currently integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum. Responses were provided by 249 of 295 districts, and 1,111 of approximately 2,250 school buildings. A spreadsheet of this data is available upon request.


Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy Checklist

Checklist of Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy considerations developed by Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA).

Legislation & Legislative Report

Legislation passed in 2016 (SSB 6273) required the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene an advisory group to identify successful practices and recommend media literacy and digital citizenship improvements statewide. Here are their recommendations, included as part of their Digital Citizenship Report to the Legislature.

  1. Convene a working group to update the state K-12 learning standards for educational technology that align with the advisory group's definitions of digital citizenship and media literacy, national standards and learning standards in all subjects.
  2. Consider possible revisions to district policies to better support digital citizenship, media literacy, or Internet safety in schools.
  3. Create a web-based location to recommended successful practices and resources and work with the K-12 community and other stakeholders to identify and develop additional Open Educational Resources to support digital citizenship, media literacy and Internet safety in schools.
  4. Provide support for professional development for teachers, focused on integrating digital citizenship and media literacy in all core standards, starting with English Language Arts and Social Studies.
  5. Examine improvements in districts' library information and technology programs as defined in state law to determine ways in which teacher librarians can lead, teach and support digital citizenship and media literacy across all grades and content areas.

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