YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. From Khan Academy’s videos to YouTube EDU and beyond, there’s a reason all these videos are finding a home in schools. In an effort to help keep the ball rolling, Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship. A topic obviously quite close to Google’s heart.
Google (which owns YouTube) built the lessons to educate students about YouTube’s policies, how to flag content, how to be a safer online citizen, and protect their identities.
Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Lessons are designed to fit within 50 minute classes, but can be adapted to fit your schedule:
- What Makes YouTube Unique – Basic facts and figures (40 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 1,Slides Lesson 1
- Detecting Lies – (35 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 2, Slides Lesson 2
- Safety Mode – (5 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 3, Slides Lesson 3
- Online Reputation and Cyberbullying – (45 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 4, Slides Lesson 4
- Policy – The Community Guidelines (20 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 5, Slides Lesson 5
- Reporting content – Flagging (20 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 6, Slides Lesson 6
- Privacy part 1 – (40 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 7, Slides Lesson 7
- Privacy part 2 – (50 minutes) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 8, Slides Lesson 8
- Copyright – (40 mins) – Teacher’s Guide Lesson 9, Slides Lesson 9
- Additional resources/Appendix including parent resources – Teacher’s Guide Additional Materials, Slides Additional Materials
The killer feature for this curriculum is the extra features that come with each video. There are slides perfect for presentations, guidelines for teachers, and even an entire YouTube channel of related videos that should be of interest to anyone looking to teach about digital citizenship.