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Helping Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Video Overview

Elish Sheridan, Kingswood Community College, discusses how she incorporated Digital Citizenship into her classes and involved students through class discussions and creating Digital Citizenship passports and processes to safeguard technology.


A teacher explores a lesson on Digital Citizenship focused on developing critical thinking skills with the help of Webwise. She incorporates aTED Talk and Webwise lesson activities to curate a lesson on the positives and negatives of interacting online. Pupils explore the concept of deep-fake technology and the importance of maturity in the virtual world. Pupils work together in groups to create a short presentation and a process of obtaining a digital citizenship passport.

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Digital Learning Framework

This video supports the following statements of the Digital Learning Framework (DLF):

Teaching & Learning (1. Learner Outcomes)

  • 1.1 Pupils use appropriate digital technologies to foster active, creative and critical engagement in attaining challenging learning outcomes.

Teaching & Learning (2. Learner Experiences)

  • 2.4 Pupils experience opportunities to develop the skills and attitudes necessary for lifelong learning

Pupils have opportunities to apply their digital competence in new situations or contexts and have an age appropriate understanding of how digital technology can support lifelong learning.

Teaching & Learning (3. Teachers’ Individual Practice)

  • 3.2 The teacher selects and uses planning, preparation and assessment practices that progress pupils’ learning.

Teachers use appropriate digital technologies to design learning activities that facilitate personalised and differentiated learning.

Teachers use appropriate digital technologies to design complex, real-world problems and structure them in a way that incorporates key subject matter concepts.

Visit DL Planning to explore what other areas of the DLF are supported in this video, and to help you to plan for digital learning in your class.

Teaching & Learning, Post-primary, Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety

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