21st Century Skills

The 21st Century Skills course will empower students and their school communities to be safe, responsible, and savvy as they navigate this fast-paced digital world. The curriculum introduces reliable, research-based information to students about digital media and their impact based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner and the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It will enable students to explore the complex issues of our connected culture and think critically about the ways they use digital technologies as they build digital literacy skills for life. 

 21st Century Skills consists of three units of study: Online Safety & Security, Digital Citizenship, and Connected Culture through Media Literacy. The activities in this curriculum, which include role-playing, reading comprehension and writing, videos, and interactive online tutorials, allows for skill building, critical thinking, ethical discussion, and decision making using case studies and real-life, age-appropriate scenarios.


Online Safety & Security Unit

6th Grade:

  • Understand the rules for safe online communication and online privacy.
  • Understand and abide by the Souderton Area School District’s Acceptable Use Policy.

7th Grade:

  • Identify Internet Safety Rules and learn the benefits and risks of sharing information online.
  • Understand and abide by the Souderton Area School District’s Acceptable Use Policy.

8th Grade:  

  • Analyze case studies about interaction with strangers and learn how to safely enjoy social networking and avoid risky behaviors for using social media.
  • Understand and abide by the Souderton Area School District’s Acceptable Use Policy.


Digital Citizenship Unit

6th Grade:

  • Analyze and compare the role of digital media in their lives.
  • Learn that they have digital footprints and that information can be searched.

7th Grade:

  • Analyze how putting information about others online could compromise their own safety, reputation or relationships.
  • Create their “web of contacts” and then identify what information is appropriate to share online with each of the different people or groups they have identified.

8th Grade:

  • Devise privacy management skills and personal and community privacy codes of conduct.
  • Evaluate the perils and possibilities of digital life for themselves.


Connected Culture through Media Literacy Unit

6th Grade:

  • Analyze how media texts function, understand and decode media messages.
  • Evaluate how readers respond to various media messages.
  • Integrate elements of media literacy.

7th Grade:

  • Establish guidelines and norms for building ethical online communities.
  • Integrate elements of media literacy.

8th Grade:

  • Create positive online communities rooted in trust and respect for appropriate Connected Culture.
  • Employ marketing techniques which incorporates all elements of media literacy.

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