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Digital Literacy

What kinds of responsibilities does a good digital citizen have?

Digital literacy classes teach students practical, responsible, and safe use of technology.

We live in a digital world, so it is imperative that we prepare our students with the knowledge to safely navigate through the ever-changing online and technological landscapes. In alignment with our one-to-one iPad program, we introduce a Digital Literacy curriculum in fifth and sixth grades. The broader concept of digital citizenship is introduced at earlier grades.

Students are encouraged to consider seriously their actions in all electronic modes, to act safely and to be accountable for their actions now and in the future. Students must appreciate the speed with which technology shifts and learn to proceed with caution as they move through the amazing opportunities for human connectivity and learning.

Digital Literacy Fifth Grade is presented to students using Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for Fifth Grade, while our sixth grade students use Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for Sixth Through Eighth Grades.

Throughout the course students are asked to reflect on topics such as “Privacy and Security,” “Digital Footprint and Reputation,” “Self-Image and Identity,” “Creative Credit and Copyright,” “Relationships and Communication,” “Cyberbullying,” “Information Literacy,” and “Internet Safety.”

An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838

p: 301.972.0341
f: 301.972.4076


We offer a vigorous academic program for students as well as engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Our positive, supportive learning environment promotes imagination, exploration, personal growth, and achievement.

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