Guy Weadick School Digital Citizenship Plan
1. Student Safety
What do we do to keep students safe when they are online?
- Supervision: students are supervised at all time while on computers or other electronic devices. Supervisors are able to see all computer screens and check in often to ensure students are using technology in an acceptable way.
- Planning: Internet and computer use is planned and integrated into lessons and units.
- Expectations: students are taught and understand the acceptable use policy for CBE and the school. This policy is also communicated to parents.
- Accountability: appropriate consequences are in place and used for inappropriate use of technology, including disabling student access as a final measure.
- Communication: parents have been informed and are aware of Digital Citizenship and our school plan through the student agenda and on the school website.
2. Student Learning
How will the school meet student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship?
- Staff have identified ICT outcomes which support the Digital Citizenship Plan and have embedded them into their planning where they appropriately support curriculum learning.
- Reliable and authoritative resources are communicated to students and parents through teacher instruction, online newsletters and School Council meetings. The ongoing use of Exam Bank is an example of this.
3. Staff Professional Development
How will the school assist staff in their professional development related to digital citizenship?
The school will:
- Collaborate with staff to review and revise the Digital Citizenship Plan as it evolves throughout the school year.
- Continue to build teacher capacity for using new technologies and integrating those technologies into curriculum design including IPad Apps.
- Evolving PD based on future identified needs at the school or system level or new program requirements including a new report card format.
4. Student-Owned Devices
How will the school support the use of student-owned devices?
- The school policy is communicated in the Staff Handbook and Student Agenda.
- School policy is clearly taught in classrooms at the beginning of each year, reviewed regularly and explained
- to new students throughout the year.
- The most popular form of outside technology for students is the cell phone. At Guy Weadick Elementary, cell phones are given to the teacher for safekeeping during the day and returned to students as they leave the school. Students in Division II may be allowed to use their cell phones during the day for educational purposes. As with any valuable items brought to school, it is the responsibility of the student and/or parent for any loss, theft or damage of their personal items.
- Teachers are aware of the potential of student owned resources in the classroom and may allow them when the teacher believes that there is some educational value to their use by individual students.
5. Parent Communication
How will the school communicate about digital citizenship to parents?
- The media release form will be read and signed by parents/guardians at the beginning of each year and by parents of new students to the school throughout the year.
- Issues will be reviewed and highlighted through School Council, Kindergarten orientation, online newsletters and parent/teacher interviews.