Digital Citizenship

Dalhousie School Digital Citizenship Plan

1. Student Safety

Outcomes for student online safety include:

  • The school has an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) modeled on AR 1062 – Responsible Use of Electronic Information Sources, and it has been communicated to students.
  • Appropriate ICT outcomes relating to digital citizenship have been infused in core subjects that relate to student safety.
  • Consequences for inappropriate use have been communicated to students (possibly through the AUP).

School strategies to keep students safe when they are online:

  • Dalhousie School has an Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Teachers/staff will teach, and periodically review, Dalhousie School’s AUP with students.
  • Teachers will infuse the appropriate ICT outcomes relating to digital citizenship and student safety into core subject areas.
  • Teachers will provide direct instruction on identifying appropriate and useful information when using the internet as well as what to do if a student should come across something deemed inappropriate.
  • A focus on on-line safety procedures is provided by the Teacher-Librarian during library time.
  • Teachers/staff will monitor students while they are using any computer or device that accesses the internet. Students accessing the internet will know that laptop and computer screens must be in view of the supervising staff member.
  • Consequences for inappropriate use have been communicated to students and parents and are suggested as follows, taking into consideration the context and severity of each incident:
  • 1st Incident - The student will be reminded of the AUP and how his or her behaviour was not appropriate. Parents will be informed of the incident of inappropriate use.
  • 2nd Incident - Removal of digital technology privileges for a day. Parents will be informed of the incident of inappropriate  use.
  • 3rd Incident - Student will lose open access and will be fully monitored when using digital technology. Parents will be involved in creating a plan for ensuring appropriate use at school. A student who engages in inappropriate use with a personal device could potentially lose their student wireless access at Dalhousie School for the remainder of the year.

2. Student Learning

Student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship include:

  • ICT outcomes relating to digital citizenship have been embedded in appropriate curricula. 
  • Students are aware of information regarding the reliable and authoritative resources that are currently available for all CBE students, parents/guardians and staff.  

How the school will meet student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship:

  • An integral part of the planning process at Dalhousie School includes the infusion of technology into instruction.
  • Technology is being embedded in appropriate curricula in a variety of ways to enhance learning.
  • Appropriate website links related to a variety of topics are available to students (e.g. in each class’s D2L course and on the school’s website) to direct younger students to information that they will find useful.
  • Students will learn to evaluate the quality of material and information being accessed and used for learning purposes.

3. Staff Professional Development

Staff professional development outcomes include:

  • Teachers are aware of issues relating to student online safety.
  • Teachers are aware of the potential impact of digital technologies on student learning.
  • Teachers are aware of professional development resources relating to digital citizenship.
  • Teachers are aware of the Three Year Education Plan.
  • Teachers have all taking an online D2L course about digital citizenship.

How the school will meet staff professional development outcomes relating to digital citizenship:

  • All staff that work with students have completed the online D2L course related to online safety.
  • Teachers have been provided with a list of online Digital Citizenship resources.
  • All staff that work with students have been in-serviced regarding the school’s AUP.
  • Teachers will be working closely with the AISI Learning Leaders and ILS Staff to build their capacity around infusing technology in a way that enhances an understanding of digital citizenship for students.
  • All teachers have been encouraged to read the Three Year Ed. Plan and have access to the link.

4. Student-Owned Devices

Outcomes relating to student-owned devices include:

  • Students and staff are aware of their rights and responsibilities with regard to the use of student-owned devices in schools.
  • Students and staff are aware of how student-owned devices may enhance student learning.
  • Issues relating to student-owned devices have been clearly articulated for students and staff. These include:
  • Keeping their devices in a secure location at all times
  • Responsibility in case of loss, theft or damage
  • Technical support
  • Teachers are aware of professional development resources that support the use of student-owned devices in classrooms.

How the school will meet outcomes relating to student-owned devices:

  • Staff and students will be made aware of their rights and responsibilities with regard to the use of student-owned devices in schools.
  • A parent communication was sent home explaining the use and responsibility of student-owned devices at school.
  • Staff and students will be informed on the effective use of student-owned devices in schools.
  • Staff will ensure that classroom doors are locked when no one is in the classroom to ensure student-owned and school-owned devices are secure.
  • Student cell phones will be kept in backpacks at all times.
  • Camera functions can only be used under teacher supervision as per privacy legislation. (FOIP)
  • Teachers will continue to be in-serviced by AISI Learning Leaders, ILS Staff and through online resources around how to effectively use digital devices (including student-owned device) to enhance student learning.
  • To ensure digital access for all students, Dalhousie School has purchased a growing variety of digital tools (e.g. educational software, smart boards, desktop computers, laptops, digital cameras and iPods) and will continue to do so through the school’s long-range purchasing plan.

5. Parent Communication

Outcomes relating to parent communication include:

  • The school has communicated information about the school’s digital citizenship plan to parents.
  • The school has informed parents of issues relating to use of student-owned devices in school including
  • Staff and student rights and responsibilities
  • Student readiness criteria
  • Liability in case of theft, damage or loss
  • Impact on student learning

Describe how the school will communicate this to parents:

  • Parents have been sent a letter outlining the regulations around students using their own devices in the school, including that the school is not responsible for any damage or loss.
  • An overview on the school’s Digital Citizenship Plan will be provided for parents.
  • The following documents will be posted on the Dalhousie School website for parents: Dalhousie School’s Digital Citizenship plan, Acceptable Use Policy and other supporting documents. Parents will be informed that this information is available.
  • Parent information will be provided on the Dalhousie School website listing useful websites regarding digital citizenship.
  • A presentation of the school’s Digital Citizenship Plan along with information on Internet Safety, will be made to parents.

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​​​Digital Citizenship at the CBE

Digital citizenship is about using technology and participating in digital environments. It is key to helping our students learn to use available technology responsibly in the classroom and beyond. Our school has a Digital Citizenship Plan that is updated annually, addressing how we work to build a community where we live and work together as digital citizens.

Visit the CBE website to learn more about how we support students to develop online safety skills and be good digital citizens.​​​

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