2.1 KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 6
Common Sense Education: All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Their award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum
- Addresses top concerns for schools;
- Prepares students with critical 21st-century skills;
- Supports educators with training and recognition; and
- Engages the whole community through family outreach.
Cybint: Cybint is a global cyber education company with a commitment to reskilling the workforce and upskilling the industry in cybersecurity. With innovative and leading-edge education and training solutions, Cybint tackles cybersecurity’s two greatest threats: the talent shortage and the skills gap.
Scratch Animation: Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16 but is used by people of all ages. Millions of people are creating Scratch projects in a wide variety of settings, including homes, schools, museums, libraries, and community centers. Students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone today. Educators are integrating Scratch across many different subject areas and age groups.
Kids Code Jeunesse: Kids code jeunesse (kcj) is a bilingual Canadian not for profit organization whose aim is to give every Canadian child access to digital skills education, with a focus on girls and underserved communities. They want children in Canada to have an opportunity to learn computational thinking through code.
Code Club: Code Club Canada is a bilingual nationwide network of free, volunteer-led coding clubs for children aged 8-12 to build and share their ideas and learning along the way. These clubs are run in schools, libraries, and community centres for 8 weeks.
Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools: Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools is a policy guide that was developed for school division officials to work with school administrators and teachers to help students build an understanding of safe and appropriate online behaviour. The guide offers: a roadmap for developing division wide digital citizenship policies and school-specific digital citizenship guidelines and procedures; tools and resources to support digital citizenship education; and a digital citizenship continuum for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.
Technovation: Technovation is a global tech education non-profit that empowers girls and families to become leaders, creators, and problem-solvers. They offer two programs – Technovation Girls and Technovation Families – which bring kids and adults together to solve big problems in their communities. Technovation also offers a French based program as well.
Internet Safety for Kids & Families: Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program has provided education to parents, teachers, and youth to help prevent and address online risks and teach good digital citizenship.
Le Centre Franco – Activity Sheets on Identity and Digital Citizenship (in French): Three series of educational activities complement the quiz modules on identity and digital citizenship provided to school boards. These activities are intended for students from grades 3 to 10, as well as their parents. They do not require the use of technology since they focus on conversation, oral communication and sharing.
(New) Canada Learning Code: Canada Learning Code brings accessible computer science to communities across Canada so everyone can create with technology. They do this by partnering with educators, designing resources, and delivering learning experiences. They envision a prosperous Canada in which all people have the skills and confidence to harness the power of technology to create a better and more inclusive future.
(New) Brilliant Labs: Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. They would like to provide every child in Atlantic Canada with the opportunity to have access to new technologies and programming to create, innovate and inspire a future that offers sustainable growth in community and social/environmental entrepreneurialism.
2.2 GRADE 7 TO GRADE 12
Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code Clubs are free programs that get girls ages 11-18 excited about coding and computer science. Clubs can run before, during or after-school, on weekends or over the summer. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. This is a bilingual course.
Hackergal: Hackergal is a charitable organization that inspires girls across Canada to explore the opportunities in code. With women vastly underrepresented in the tech industry, Hackergal strives to inspire a new wave of Canadian female coders to bring equality to the booming industry.
Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for digital and media literacy is home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of digital and media literacy resources – in English and in French. It includes tip sheets, infographic for teachers to use and display to students in classrooms, and games to help the youth learn about good cyber hygiene. The infographics and other resources linked below are useful to teachers as well as parents to encourage good cyber hygiene practices.
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) – CyberTitan: Canada’s Cyber Security Education Initiative – is offered by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) in affiliation with the (US) Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program which is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. This collaboration of National Youth Cyber Education Programs seeks to promote education and awareness in technology education and foster excellence in middle and high school students pursuing careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas.
ICTC’s FIT Program Concentration: The Focus on IT (FIT) program encourages youth to learn information and communications technology (ICT) skills at the secondary school level. Their focus is on:
- Media includes web design and development, social and mobile media, interactive games, and e-commerce. Blend business, technology, and leadership skills to address exciting opportunities in the workplace;
- Software Design and Development includes solution design, integration, programming, and database development. Use your technical competencies to develop applications and systems to solve real-world problems;
- Business and Information Analysis includes business and information analysis or systems architecture. Use your technical and business skills to analyze and respond to business needs and recommend affordable ICT solutions;
- Network Systems and Operations includes technical and communications platform maintenance critical to the smooth operations of an organization. Use your skills to implement and maintain mission-critical hardware and software; and
- General Skills – Business and Technical Skills helps students learn about the leadership, management style and operations of different organizations. Technical skills help students develop their ICT abilities to perform effectively in the workplace.
Raspberry Pi Foundation: The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s mission is to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. They do this so that more people can harness this power for their work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.
CyberTaipan: CyberTaipan is an Australian cyber security competition that is modelled on the US Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program. This program has been running successfully for 11 years and has already expanded into Canada as CyberTitan and Saudi Arabia as CyberArabia. The competition puts teams of high school aged students in the position of newly hired IT professionals, tasked with managing the network of a small company.
CyberEdu Project (in French): The CyberEdu project helps teachers promote digital security for their students through technical, organizational and governance concepts. It aims to incorporate cybersecurity in all computer science training, including engineering programs, universities, and private schools.
Éduquer à la cybersécurité (in French): The Éduquer à la cybersécurité training program helps teachers understand the importance of cybersecurity, learn how to stay safe online, find ways of introducing these new realities to students and ultimately include this knowledge in the planning and delivery of their learning activities. To find out more on this program, visit cadre21.org. Cadre 21 supports Francophone stakeholders in the education field through professional development as it relates to the main educational challenges of the 21st century.
Canada en programmation (in French): Canada en programmation designs and implements technology learning programs and creates teaching partnerships for all Canadians.
FIT for Educators: The Focus on IT (FIT) program encourages youth to learn information and communications technology (ICT) skills at the secondary school level. The aim is to encourage young Canadians to pursue post-secondary education and enter the workforce equipped with high-demand digital and ICT skills that will help them achieve their career goals.
Digital Youth’s Student Learning Days: Student Learning Days are opportunities for middle and secondary school students to develop digital skills they will need for their future professional lives. Students participate in a full or half-day of experiential learning activities geared toward information and communications technology (ICT) themes, such as Cybersecurity and Digital Citizenship.
Kids in the Know: Kids in the Know is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s interactive safety education program designed for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. The purpose of the program is to help educators teach children and youth effective personal safety strategies in an engaging, age-appropriate, and interactive way that builds resiliency skills and reduces their likelihood of victimization in the online and offline world.
Zoe and Molly Online: Zoe and Molly Online is part of the Kids in the Know program, which helps kids learn how to stay safe online.
STEM Teacher Training Program: This training program is offered to teachers from kindergarten to grade 12 and focuses on STEM skills. It includes professional development opportunities designed to help them to give kids the necessary skills and enhance learning outcomes.
(New) Teach Cyber: Teach Cyber, a subsidiary of DARK Enterprises Inc., is a non-profit dedicated to developing, supporting, and stewarding excellent cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Their mission is to provide resources, training, and support to secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity.
(New) Start Engineering: Start Engineering helps students discovery pathways into STEM and cyber security. They also offer a free and quick, 24-page read, the booklet offers ideas and approaches for making cybersecurity an accessible and relevant topic and career choice for students.
(New) SheTech: Women Tech Council’s SheTech program is the largest industry-led STEM program to inspire girls to pursue STEM degrees and careers. There are currently over 12000 participants. Their programs operate within the school year and offers an annual SheTech Explorer Day, SheTech clubs in schools, an internship board, a student board, an educator board, monthly events with tech companies and role models. They provide girls with all the information they will need about cybersecurity jobs, scholarships, and opportunities.
(New) NIST K12 Cybersecurity Educators Community of Interest: This Community of Interest is a forum for K12 teachers, school administrators, local and state education agencies, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, institutions of higher education, and others who are interested in sharing and learning how to grow and sustain diverse students pursuing cybersecurity careers through learning experiences, exposure to career opportunities, and teacher professional development.
(New) NICE K12 Community of Interest: Developed by like-minded individuals interested in sharing resources for students, parents, and educators to promote cybersecurity content. Resources curated by the NICE K12 Community of Interest. Disclaimer: This is not an official resource of the U.S. government.