OLA CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT: OSAPAC’s Digital Citizenship resources

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One of the reasons why I wanted to attend the OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference (Yep. It’s called the Super conference, mainly because it includes sessions for public, academic, school and special libraries) is because of the vast amount of sessions dedicated to school libraries.

I was not disappointed. As we all know, one of the many bees in my bonnet is the importance of guiding our students in the online world. I am always looking for ways to keep the Digital Citizenship conversation alive with our students, whether it be about plagiarism or privacy.

On my first day at the conference I attended a session that introduced the OSAPAC’s (Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee) hub for all things Digital Citizenship and was very impressed. As you can see by the image above, it is well-designed, simple and easy to use. But don’t be fooled by the clean interface – this website contains loads of information.

Click on an icon and you get this page:

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It is divided by grade level and includes a Resources section with hyperlinks to information, lesson plans and videos on the subject from other reliable organizations by category:

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The best part though is the Classroom Connections section:

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These are very detailed ways in which you can integrate the issues and skills of Digital Citizenship seamlessly into the curriculum, whether it be a history or science class.

Each Classroom Connection contains 5 sections:

Authentic Task:

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Digital Citizenship Development:

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Curriculum Content:

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Now of course, this connects to the Ontario curriculum, but I am sure there will be many crossovers.


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Technology Integration Resources:

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I love this. This is just one lesson plan in one of the sections. Apparently, they will also be adding more resources periodically.  It is beautifully laid out, gives you all the information that you need and deals with digital citizenship skills and actual classroom concepts all in one beautiful package.

Check it out and see how you can integrate Digital Citizenship skill into your classroom!