Teaching Privacy Curriculum

The Teaching Privacy curriculum from the International Computer Science Institute and UC Berkeley has a full set of freely-available, classroom-tested lesson plans for teaching about how online privacy works. The lessons are aimed at high school and early undergrad; CSP-compatible but usable in any CS class (or other classes!).

In our Teachers' Portal, we present ten teaching modules built around our Ten Principles for Online Privacy (such as "Your information footprint is larger than you think" or "Only you have an interest in maintaining your privacy"). Each module (organized around the 5 E's) has a series of flexible activities that can be combined to create a lesson plan -- mix and match or go straight through all ten modules!

The lesson components in each module include:

  • Quick openers and brainstorms ("Have you ever been surprised at how a website knew certain things about you?")
  • Small-group and whole-class discussion guides ("How do your everyday activities generate data?")
  • Hands-on exploratory activities (plugged-in and unplugged) (Prezi choose-your-own adventure)
  • Privacy in the news
  • Whiteboard-style videos with humorous illustrations explaining the privacy principles
  • Slide decks/graphic organizers with explanations and discussion prompts
  • Programming exercises -- NEW! (Mapping Geotagged Tweets)
  • In-depth activities and assignments (Managing Your Footprint worksheet)
  • Quizzes
  • Backgrounders for teachers, including learning objectives and framework alignments

(Examples are from the "You're Leaving Footprints" module.)

Come on over and check it out! Some screenshots from Modules 1 and 5 to tantalize you:

Screenshot of lesson module page for the principle "Your information footprint is larger than you think"

Screenshot of illustration from the video "You're Leaving Footprints"

Screenshot of activity outline for "Where Did Your Data Go?"

Screenshot of programming exercise "What Does Facebook Tell Third Parties?"

(Apologies for the double-post; I moved this over from CSP Open Group. We're a little more wild than that. :) )