The plan is meant to guide the school’s work in these areas.
1. Student Safety
Outcomes for student online safety include:
- The school has an acceptable use policy (AUP) modeled on A.R 1062 and A.R. 6005 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:
- When possible, network devices will be used in areas of the classrooms where the device is visible by supervising staff.
- Students are allowed to use the network when a staff member is present.
- Provide clear guidelines for network use.
- Communicate strategies with students for effective use of the network.
- Provide direct and constant supervision when students are accessing the network.
- Identify and report problems of inappropriate or unacceptable network use by students to administration and parents.
- Require that students first use reliable databases that are provided by the school library, CBE and Alberta Education or safe search engines.
- Provide direct instruction on topics relating to digital citizenship
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:
- Direct teaching of how to search effectively – critical thinking Identify and distinguish different points of view in online resources
- Recognize information serves different purposes and data from online resources may be verified for purpose of use
- Compare and contrast information from similar types of online resources
- Promote the use of reliable databases that are provided by the school library learning commons, CBE and Alberta Education through instruction.
- Refer to the ICT curriculum for digital citizenship outcomes
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
How the school will meet staff professional development outcomes relating to digital citizenship:
- Ongoing formal and informal sessions that educate staff on the use of specified technology in the classroom
- Links to digital citizenship resources will be added to the Hawkwood Litesite
- Digital citizenship resources will be added to the school’s professional library
- Participation in external and/or internal professional development opportunities
- Teachers will be a part of the process for assessing the potential impact of digital technologies on student learning
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:
- Direct instruction of the rights and responsibilities for bringing in student/staff owned devices
- Class discussions/meetings on safety, security, technical support, etiquette and how to use the devices as an educational tool to enhance learning
- Signed contracts with student/parent school partnership
- Guidance on how student owned devices can enhance student learning
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.
How the school will communicate this to parents:
- Present the digital citizenship plan and possible issues relating to use of student-owned devices at school council meetings
- Post the school’s digital citizenship plan on the school website
- Send home information about the plan in school newsletters, notices, student handbook (agenda and online)
- Conduct parent education nights on digital citizenship topics (refer to CBE policies)
- Showcasing impact of digital resources on student learning at parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, school website (showcase)