ICTI-210: Digital Literacy and Citizenship in the K-5 Classroom

Learn how to teach digital literacy and citizenship in your K-5 classroom.

As young children begin to use technology tools to find and share information or communicate with others, it is critical that we teach them how to navigate the Internet safely. They must also learn to act ethically and responsibly when working online to develop necessary skills. Participants in this online technology training course will evaluate current practices, research the importance of digital citizenship on 21st century learners, and develop lessons that incorporate digital literacy into the K-5 classroom.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

What is digital literacy and citizenship and why is it important?

Today’s young learners are born into a world of prevalent technology and will need to know how to use them properly in order to be successful. Learning to navigate and use technology safely and effectively is an extremely important skill for the 21st-century learner. In ICTI-210, you will learn how to define 21st-century literacies including the nine themes of digital citizenship and how these concepts impact young learners.

How do I model digital literacy and citizenship skills for my students?

ICTI-210 will help deepen your understanding of digital literacy and citizenship by exploring legal regulations regarding students’ use of online content and assessing current practices. In reflection of this work, you will develop your own plan for modeling these skills to students.

How do I teach digital citizenship?

For K-5 students, the Internet can be both an exciting and scary place. Part of learning to use technology includes gaining an understanding of how to use these tools safely and appropriately.  ICTI-210 will help you expand your knowledge of the elements of digital citizenship by focusing on digital access, security, and the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen including personal information, privacy, safety, and copyright.


This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.


This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define 21st-century literacies including the themes of digital citizenship.
  • Describe how aspects of digital citizenship impact the 21st-century learner.
  • Analyze current practices in digital literacy and citizenship.
  • Discuss current regulations regarding student information and online privacy (FERPA/COPPA).
  • Evaluate how to model best practices in digital literacy and citizenship.
  • Conduct an audit to assess current levels of awareness regarding digital citizenship in your classroom, school, or district.
  • Research and discuss the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen.
  • Evaluate strategies for teaching young learners how to use the Internet safely and effectively.
  • Develop a better understanding of how personal information and online actions leave behind a searchable digital footprint.
  • Discuss methods for young learners to create positive connections by communicating and collaborating online.

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: Describe 21st Century Literacies
  • Week 2: Analyze Teaching Practices in Digital Literacy and Citizenship
  • Week 3: Teaching Digital Citizenship Pt. 1 – Rights and Responsibilities of a Digital Citizen
  • Week 4: Teaching Digital Citizenship Pt. 2 – Online Communication and Collaboration

Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.

Our ICTI-210: Digital Literacy and Citizenship in the K-5 Classroom facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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