Because it addresses issues of web safety‚ information literacy and digital citizenship‚ Webonauts
Internet Academy can be a great tool for classrooms and school media centers. Teachers‚ librarians
and technology coordinators can support student learning by using the game in the following ways:
As a warm-up activity to a unit on cybersafety.The game is a helpful lead-in to a discussion
about profiles and what’s appropriate to include and share with others. The same is true for the topic
of credibility and the importance of verifying sources of information.
To get students thinking about the purpose of a motto. As a secondary activity‚ ask students to
develop their individual expression for digital citizenship and what saying or phrase they would promote
if they ruled a planet. How might they modify or improve the “Respect. Observe. Contribute” used by the
As a requirement before using school computers. Students may be asked to show their Webonauts
diploma and talk about the game’s missions to demonstrate understanding of smart online behavior.
As a resource before hosting a debate on digital citizenship. Bamdudes vs. The Great Static: who
is better equipped to rule? What are the advantages of each approach (spreading rumors‚ relying on old
information‚ using a stolen recipe) in the short-term and the long-term?
As a complement to the school’s acceptable use policy. Schools may want to point parents to the game
in addition to other resources the school distributes‚ encouraging them to talk openly about what makes
for healthy online habits. See our parents page for conversation ideas.
PBS Teachers has loads of resources to support media literacy and digital citizenship
among students‚ including: