The Calgary Board of Education is committed to preparing its students to thrive in the 21st century. Digital citizenship, with an emphasis on both ethical behaviour and safety, is a key component of helping CBE students use available digital technologies to their best advantage in order to reach their full potential as learners within the CBE and beyond.
Digital Citizenship is having the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate responsible and respectful behaviour when using technology or participating in digital environments. Digital citizenship goes beyond e-mail etiquette and avoiding plagiarism to encompass all elements of digital engagement, including how to find and evaluate information, respecting copyright, protecting private information, staying safe online, and knowing how to deal with potential cyberbullying. At Annie Gale School, each learner is fortunate to have all of the above resources available to them on a daily basis to utilize and aid them in achieving their personal educational goals. In order to ensure that these resources are able to be enjoyed and used by all, the following expectations are in place:
- Learners are responsible for acquiring the knowledge of how to log onto the Annie Gale School LAWN and save their work into their folders. Sessions will be provided at the beginning of the school year.
- Learners are responsible for using the resources in the manner that is not destructive to the equipment.
- Learners must be conscious of the legal limitations of copying and ensure that copyright laws are followed.
- Technology resources are only to be used for school related assignments.
- Learners are responsible for not over-taxing the resources (i.e. printing, bandwidth, time on computer, exceeding file saving memory limitations, etc.).
- Learners will not tamper with other student’s file folders. Learners have a moral obligation to log on and off as themselves.
- Learners will not reveal their network password to anyone under any circumstances.
- Student I.D. card must be presented in order for you to have your network password changed.
- To access any computer in the school you must have your student ID card.
Misuse of Technology
Misuse of school technology includes, but is not limited to:
- Any attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or above listed networks
- Being involved in gaming or gambling
- Playing games, downloading or installing software or restricted files
- Sending or displaying inappropriate messages or pictures
- Trespassing into other people’s folders, work or files
- Use of someone else’s CBE account or access to the LAWN
- Use of technology or accessing sites not approved by staff
- Using any email or chat or bulletin board system except CBE mail
- Using electronic medium for plagiarising
- Using other people’s passwords or accounts
- Using pages such as Facebook, Nexopia, YouTube, Snapchat, Ask.fm, twitter, Instagram, etc.
- Using another student’s device without permission
- Viewing or visiting inappropriate websites
- Viewing websites through a proxy server
- Violating copyright laws or
- Accessing inappropriate electronic material (defined in the CBE Administrative Regulation 1062 -- Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources) which includes but is not limited to:
- Any vulgar or lewd depiction or description of the human body except for artistic or historical depictions of nudity or anatomical, scientific or medical information, used in an educational context
- Any material that has been publicly labelled as being strictly for adults
- Any description of any sexual act which is not part of the approved program of studies used in an educational context
- Graphic description or depiction of violent acts, including murder, rape, mutilation, torture or serious injury, except for material used in an educational context
- Mterial encouraging the use of any illicit or illegal drugs, tobacco or alcohol, except for material used in an educational context, such as drug abuse statistics
- Online gaming or gambling services
- Crude, obscene or vulgar language, gestures or pictures
- Material or information that advocates violence against, denigrates, or exposes a person or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income or family status, including historically inaccurate information that vilifies the person or class of person
- Encouragement of, tools for, or advice on carrying out criminal acts, including lock-picking, bomb-making, and computer hacking information
- Excretory functions, tasteless humour, graphic medical photos outside of the medical context and extreme forms of body modification such as cutting, slashing, branding, and genital piercing, and/or
- Any unlicensed media, software, music, media or any other copyrighted materials including materials that are bootlegged or illegally available for purchase or download
Sites containing the following information are prohibited from use:
- Any adult content; non-educational games
- Online gambling;
- Sites promoting criminal activity
- Sites that advocate hatred or violence against an identifiable group
- Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal substances
- Social networking sites (such as Facebook, Nexopia, YouTube, Snapchat, Ask.fm, twitter, Instagram etc.)
- Violent acts or
- Vulgar or lewd depictions of the human body
Throughout the CBE, students have the ability to connect to the Internet for their school work. There is no expectation that students bring or have their own device. Students who do not have a personal device to utilize in our school will continue to have access to the school’s technologies.
With this ability comes a new level of responsibility. Our students’ safety in an online environment is of utmost importance to us and learning how to be a good Digital Citizen will increase the child’s awareness and understanding of the power and perils of the Internet but will undoubtedly enhance their learning opportunities. Sites that are currently blocked in our school will remain blocked on a student's own device.
The use of personal devices in our school will be at the absolute discretion of our staff members. It is our intention to have all students have access to their own devices or school technology resources regularly. The use of the Internet in our school will be to leverage our students’ abilities to:
- Access, critically assess and communicate information and understanding
- Collaborate during inquiry
- Construct personal knowledge and meaning
- Interact with other learners
- Organize and manipulate data
- Personalize their learning
- Personalize their understanding, and
- Seek alternative viewpoints
Students will not have access to school servers or printers using their personal devices. As such they will need to utilize their CBe-mail or D2L storage lockers or purchase and use a USB device to transfer files to the school network. No software will be provided to students. School classes may utilize software applications that the student does not have on their device.
The following activities are prohibited:
- Harassing, insulting or attacking another person or their reputation
- Plagiarism of online content
- Sending, posting, displaying or using obscene language/messages or pictures or information about oneself or others
- Sharing of usernames and passwords for other people to use
- Tampering with any computer accessories, hardware or software or
- Texting or gaming
Security on our high traffic network is a significant priority. Our expectation is that our students will become educated and responsible Digital Citizens. If, however students breach any of the above, each situation will be dealt with on an individual basis and may result in:
- Police intervention or legal action
- Restriction of use of or confiscation of personal device
- Restriction or loss of technology privileges or
- School based disciplinary consequences
Lastly, it is important that parents/guardians and students remember the following:
- Devices can only be utilized for educational purposes
- Devices can only be utilized when students are under the direct supervision of a teacher in an approved area of the school
- Misuse will be determined by the staff and dministration
- The school is not able to provide technical support for student devices, and
- The school is not responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of student owned electronic devices
We view Digital Citizenship as a shared responsibility between students, their families and the school. We appreciate families taking time to discuss this new opportunity with their child and supporting the work of the school in moving it forward.