Digital Citizenship

Admirable Use Policy

The use of technology is an integral part of teaching and learning at Griffith Woods. Teachers and students use digital technologies to access information, and communicate ideas. Students are expected to use our computer network and digital learning tools to engage in activities that facilitate meaningful and authentic learning experiences.   

Admirable use of electronic/digital devices at Griffith Woods School means:

  • Keeping CBE account passwords and other personal information confidential.
  • Practicing responsible conduct and digital etiquette when using electronic information resources.
  • Informing teachers if something on an electronic device is inappropriate.
  • Using electronic information resources in a responsible manner that supports learning and demonstrates exemplary character.
  • Using appropriate language and communicating respectfully while using electronic devices.
  • Respecting the property and the creative work of others.
  • Protecting and respecting the personal information of others.
  • Using all electronic resources in a responsible manner that does not damage computer systems, data or networks.
  • Leaving the school equipment so that it is ready to be used by others.
  • Use electronic equipment in the school to support learning in consultation with teachers.

Cell Phones & Digital Devices

Cell phones, iPads and laptops are becoming more commonplace in schools.  At our school we understand the usefulness of these technologies, and maintaining a caring, disciplined, learning environment is of the utmost importance to us. To support us with this goal, please use these devices for educational purposes only during school hours.  These policies follow our wellness initiatives in our School Development Plan at GW to support our students' positive mental health and growth.  

At GW we have an 'Away for the Day' policy.  All phones need to be turned off and out of sight during class time.  Phones can only be used in class with specific teacher permission in order to support a learning activity. The expectation is that cell phones will not be on their person during class time and movement between classes.  Grades 7 to 9 must keep their phones in their locker.  In grades 5 and 6, if students have a cell phone, they will be kept in a safe place at the discretion of their teacher. 

The use of cell phones is permitted during lunch hours and after school. Outside of class time, students must exercise courtesy, respect, and good judgment when using digital technologies. 

The school takes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged digital devices. 

Failure to follow these rules will result in the consequences below;

1) The device is confiscated by the teacher for a set amount of time. 

2) Should this continue to be an issue, the device will be sent to the office for the remainder of the day and parents will be contacted. 

3) Students will be required to leave their phone at home or check it in at the office in the morning.  A contract is created in order to document and provide guidance on acceptable cell phone use at school. 


GW Digital Citizenship Competencies

Griffith Woods is focused on ensuring technology use is Balanced, Respectful, and Informed.

Balanced

-Students balance time online and offline to promote positive mental, emotional and physical well-being
-Students understand appropriate times and situations to use technology

Respectful

-Students are respectful and inclusive in their words and actions

-Students are open to multiple viewpoints and perspectives

-Students are empathetic toward others

Informed

-Students validate the accuracy of digital information and resources

-Students understand the consequences of spreading misinformation 

Please check out the attached plan for more details on our goals here at GW when it comes to Digital Citizenship.

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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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