​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 on how we support students develop online safety skills and learn to be good digital citizens.​​​

Digital Citizenship

Our Digital Citizenship Plan 

1. Student Safety

Outcomes for student online safety include:

  • The school has an acceptable use policy (AUP) modeled on A.R 1062: Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources and A.R. 1063: CBE Internet Web Presence 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 through the AUP and classroom discussions.

School strategies to keep students safe when they are online:

  • Each student will participate in media awareness activities at the beginning of the year.
  • Teachers will also engage in conversations with their students about “Digital Citizenship.”
  • Teachers will set clear expectations of using digital tools in the classroom.
  • Teachers will provide guidelines for acceptable use.
  • Teachers will exercise due diligence when students are online.

2. Student Learning

Student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship include:

  • 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 on the CBE website.

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

  • A parent/guardian session will be offered at the School Council Meeting to highlight some of the main ideas.
  • Digital Citizenship information will be housed on the school website.
  • Teachers will highlight applicable authoritative resources to students through class discussions. It is an expectation that teachers will integrate “Digital Citizenship” into their daily teaching practice and classrooms.
  • Teachers will model and support Digital Citizenship.
  • Teachers will embed it into their own practice.
  • Teachers will embed outcomes in the core subject areas.

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.

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

  • Teachers will be sent new information on sights for Digital Citizenship.
  • Specialists will be contacted and invited to provide professional development for staff.

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 information on the use of student-owned devices in classrooms.

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

  • Students may bring their own device as subject to an agreement with each classroom teacher.
  • Students must supply a lock for personal computers.
  • Make parents aware of school policy (i.e. schools are not responsible for the student owned devices and there is no technical support for these devices).
  • Set clear expectations for using digital tools in the classroom.
  • Teachers will exercise due diligence to help ensure security (i.e. locking classroom door, not letting students keep electronic devices in backpacks).

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 interested 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:

  • Information will be sent home clearly indicating what “Digital Citizenship” is and what the school will be doing to protect the students.
  • The Digital Citizenship school plan will be discussed at the School Council Meeting.
  • Information will be posted on the school website regarding Digital Citizenship.
  • The School Acceptable Use Policy will be sent home to parents and/or posted on this website.

Acceptable Use Policy -- Technology

Guidelines for Technology Use

The use of technology is an integral part of learning at all CBE schools, as required by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program of Studies.

Students are encouraged to use technology to:

  • Access, critically assess, and communicate information and understanding
  • Seek alternative viewpoints
  • Collaborate during inquiry
  • Construct personal knowledge and meaning
  • Demonstrate understandings
  • Organize and manipulate data
  • Interact with others

The following activities constitute inappropriate use of technology for students: 

  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • Using obscene language
  • Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
  • Intentionally damaging computer equipment or the network
  • Violating copyright laws
  • Using other people’s folders, work, or files
  • Allowing others to use your account
  • Trespassing into other people’s folders, work, or files
  • Intentionally destroying other people’s work
  • Employing the CBE network for commercial purposes
  • Using electronic media for plagiarizing
  • Storing and using information for cheating
  • Intentionally wasting system technology on non-teacher-approved activities such as:
  • Playing games
  • Participating in non-teacher-directed “chat”
  • Participating in online gambling or other gaming activities
  • Downloading software or restricted files (e.g. Exe, Zip, mp3)
  • Installing software on any school computer
  • Excessive or inappropriate printing

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