Research Skills and Digital Citizenship Resources

Lifelong learning includes developing skills to meet 21st century learning requirements.  These skills encompass more than understanding mere facts, they require gathering of data using different tools, analyzing the data and interpreting the data using critical thinking and reasoning.  As students develop their own worldview it will allow them to seek, recognize systems, patterns and themes and will allow them to defend their arguments.  They will also learn how to apply and adapt many strategies to solve complex problems.  Using clear communication skills they will be able to explore and express their ideas using multiple media, the arts and technology.  This will allow them to participate within their own community and a wider, more global context.

To help you get started we have three new digital citizenship kits now available which will teach your students some digital citizenship skills and online safety.

K-2 Digital Citizenship and Bullying Kit.

Gr 3-5 Digital Citizenship  and Bullying Kit

Gr 6-9 Digital Citizenship and Bullying Kit

We also have a research template to help your students start and plan the research process.

Research skills screencast on Vimeo for Middle and High school grade 7/8 and up, with Pippa Davies.  Pippa highlights some research pointers.


We would like to invite all high school students to join our Ning, private social media network (contact Erin Duncan to learn how to develop a personal learning network, and connect with other HCOS teens.

Social Media and Digital Citizenship

We encourage all of our high school students to be responsible for content, conduct and contact information on any social networks they may join.  We encourage all of our parents to be pro-active in regards to discussing digital citizenship and social media.  Discuss and evaluate websites for hoax materials and bias, and teach your students internet safety.  Contact Pippa Davies ( or Beth Johnson if you would like to learn how to be a digital citizen with the Everfi program or Passport to the Internet.

Watch and discuss this powerpoint on digital citizenship from Jennifer Branch PHD U of Alberta,  Joanne de Groot PHD, University of Alberta and Mirium Gilbert,  Rosen Digital.  BCTLA_Digital_Citizenship-1


Watch this video on becoming a connected learner before you start the research process.

Learn 360 Videos on Internet Searching.

Internet Search:  Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Effective Internet Search:  Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Information Literacy:  The Perils of Online Research

Research, reading and Writing 

Research Skills Visual Guide from Kentucky Virtual Library.  Have this digital guide on your desktop.

Video on Researching and Evaluating Websites by Rutgers University Library.  This is an animated video,  and highly recommended for all students grade 10-12.  It also teaches you some pertinent skills for using EBSCOhost, our online research database with academic links and citations for all students K-12.  Contact your support teacher for username and password details.

Videos on research skills for undergraduate students from Learnist!  (Google Chrome cannot find this site; use a different browser, please.)




When using Google make sure you show your students how to use the Advanced Search option to refine their results.

Teach your students the following lessons shared here:


Bias :  Recognizing Bias

Copyright video (American)

Plagiarism video

Duplichecker– free plagiarism checker

Plagiarism Checkerideal for teachers checking plagiarism

Instagrok :  Creates a concept map of the topic.

Google Search tools :  How to Google proof your search.  This document outlines the citing sources and Google Scholar as well as how use the research tool in Google docs.  Please note bibliography format in Canada is MLA.

Citations video

EasyBib- free citation generator


Digital Citizenship Process for Reducing Risk with Social Media and Other Tech Tools (All grades)

  • Encourage your younger students in grades K-4  to engage in 21st century tools like Reading Eggs and  Pebble Go , where they can learn safely with limited access.
  • Once your student has some confidence, move to an interactive but restrictive website like Kidblog with limited audience.
  • Middle school students might want to start blogging using something with limited access like Pinterest and Weebly, and Ning (private social network at HCOS- contact Pippa for sign up).
  • High school students could be using more public forums like Twitter, Facebook and Scoopit (contact Pippa if you would like your student to learn how to use curation tools for researching).
  • Check out PrivacyCompass to decide which tools are appropriate for your student.

 Elementary Students K-7

We have access to Passport to the Internet with the ERAC. toolkit   The login information is in the username/password document sent out by your support teacher or may be found on Encom under curriculum resources.  This is a great interactive site, which allows students to make choices and then see whether they would have been safe or not.

Also check out the WorldBook Student page to find wonderful research lesson plans and resources.  This online database comes with our EBSCOhost subscription and is to be accessed in Encom, the school computer system.  Go to the top of your parent homepage and log in using the credentials given in the username/password document received from your support teacher.


Scaffolding Methods for teaching Middles grades how to write a research paper.

Use Search engines and databases that will help your student search safely.

Before your students use social media have them watch the following video from Friendly Screens animation.  This will help with privacy issues.

Younger students can watch this Disney video to learn about online safety.

Or if you enjoy Garfield, check out these videos which will have your students grades 1-5 learning about stranger safety online.


For more links on digital citizenship go to our web linking library

Parts of a Book for Grades 1-7 quizzes and games. Oswego School District.

RightNow Media also has videos on bullying with the McGee and Me! series.  For an invitation to access the RightNow Media site, please email Beth Johnson.


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