Digital citizenship is having the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to demonstrate responsible and respectful behavior when using technology or participating in digital environments. This includes protecting private information, staying safe online, and knowing how to deal with bullying in the digital world, whether you are a target or a bystander. Technology is an important part of our world and our learning. It is important that both children and adults alike use technology appropriately.
This plan is a part of the CBE Digital Citizenship Process. Schools must complete this plan to be compliant with:
Two components of Digital Citizenship that we will be focusing on this year at Cecil Swanson School are:
- Digital self: respectfully and responsibly create and manage a positive personal digital presence.
- Digital Safety & Security: responsibly manage and protect digital identity and online presence
We encourage all parents/guardians to be aware of our system policies and procedures regarding digital citizenship. These include:
- AR1061: Responsible Care and Security of Information
- AR1062: Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources
- AR1063: Calgary Board of Education Internet Web Presence
- AR1064: Public Sharing of Student Information
- AR1067: Use of Social Media
- AR6005: Student Code of Conduct
- AR6006: Progressive Discipline
Students are provided with access to computers, other technology and the Internet to assist them in their learning. Student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship include:
- ICT outcomes from the Alberta Program of Studies relating to digital citizenship have been embedded in appropriate curricula.
- The use of educational technology to remove learning barriers for students (assistive technologies)
- The use of educational technologies to support the Individual Program Plan planning and implementation process (through the School Learning Team process)
- Ensuring that students have the opportunity to explore applications that best suit their individual learning styles
- Ensuring that students and staff are aware of and closely follow Canadian copyright laws
Staff Professional Learning
Staff professional development outcomes include ensuring that teachers are aware of:
- Issues relating to student online safety
- The potential impact and integration of educational technologies on student learning
- Professional development resources/sessions relating to digital citizenship and enhancing learning through educational and adaptive technologies
- The Three Educational Plan for the Calgary Board of Education
- How the use of educational technology supports the outcomes identified in the School Development Plan
- Resources offered through the CBE Professional Resource Centre to support the professional learning of all staff
The Cecil Swanson School Staff will:
- Be provided with additional ways to become users of educational technology (i.e. utilizing teacher laptops consistently, utilizing IPad, utilizing online tools for professional learning, and additional technologies for professional use, in order to be comfortable with the technologies)
- Share their knowledge with their students while also learning from the students the advantages for learning that technologies provide
Outcomes for student online safety include:
- An Admirable Use Policy modeled on Administrative Regulation 1062 - Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources and it is communicated to students and parents.
- Appropriate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) outcomes from the Alberta Program of Studies relating to digital citizenship that have been infused in core subjects and relate to student safety.
- Consequences for inappropriate use which are communicated to students (through the Admirable Use Policy, this document and integration into classroom learning opportunities).
The importance of online safety is of high importance at Cecil Swanson School. We ask families to review this policy and ensure their child understands the expectations of digital citizenship as they exist at Cecil Swanson school. It is expected that the Admirable Use Policy is followed by all students. If there is a violation of the policy, the situation will be reviewed and a course of action determined. The following are possible consequences:
- Inform parents
- A restriction or loss of computer privileges
- Restorative projects - how to make up for the mistake and ensure new understanding is developed
- School-based disciplinary consequences which may involve school administration
- Paying for any damaged resulting from intentional misuse
- Police intervention and/or legal action where appropriate