Scenic Acres School Digital Citizenship Plan
This plan is one component of the CBE Digital Citizenship Process. Schools must complete this plan:
- To be compliant with Administrative Regulation 1062 Use of Electronic Resources
- To allow students to connect to the school’s wireless network with their own devices.
The plan is meant to guide the school’s work in these areas. The principal does not submit the plan as part of the compliance process.
1. Student Safety
Outcomes for student online safety include:
- The school has an Admirable Use Policy (AUP) modeled on AR 1062 - Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources 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.
At Scenic Acres School, the following provisions ensure student safety:
- Scenic Acres School has an Admirable Use Policy.
- Teachers/staff will teach and periodically review, Scenic Acres School’s Admirable Use Policy 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.
- 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.
- As with any personal belonging that a student brings to school, the school cannot be held responsible for electronic devices that are lost, stolen or damaged.
Procedure for Policy Violation
Depending on the severity of inappropriate use, consequences will be determined by school teachers and the administrative team. Parents/Guardians will be notified. The Admirable Use Policy complements Calgary Board of Education Administrative Regulation 1062 -‐ Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources.
2. Student Learning
Student learning outcomes relating to digital citizenship include:
- ICT outcomes relating to digital citizenship have been embedded in appropriate curricula. Access the link below to view the ICT program of studies.
- Students are aware of information regarding the reliable and authoritative resources that are currently available for all CBE students, parents/guardians and staff.
At Scenic Acres School, the following provisions ensure student learning:
- An integral part of the planning process at Scenic Acres School includes the infusion of technology into instruction
- Technology is being embedded in appropriate curricula in a variety of ways to enhance learning and provide opportunities for collaborative work.
- Appropriate website links related to a variety of topics are available to students (D2L, Scenic Acres School website) to direct 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 as well as to support research and education.
- Provision of various forms of technology, including but not limited to desktop computers, laptops, iPads, digital cameras, SMARTboards and document cameras.
- Education for teachers and students on how to effectively use the available technology in order to stimulate personal growth and enhance communication and critical thinking skills.
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.
At our our school, the following provisions ensure staff professional development outcomes include:
- Ongoing formal and informal sessions that educate staff on the use of specified technology in the classroom.
- In school technology team – areas of professional development will focus on digital 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 to 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
At our school, the following provisions are concerned with the use of 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 school.
- Students may bring their own devices subject to an agreement with each classroom teacher. Students must supply a lock for personal computers.
- Other devices will be locked in a secure location in the classroom when not in use.
- The use of personal devices is dependent on the level of responsibility shown by individual students. The device will only be used during class time for educational purposes.
- Camera functions can only be used under teacher supervision as per privacy legislation (FOIP)
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.
At Scenic Acres School the flowing provisions ensure effective parent communication:
- A letter will be sent home clearly indicating what Digital Citizenship is and what the school will be doing to protect the students.
- Parent/Student letter will be sent home outlining the acceptable use policy.
- Information will be posted on the school website regarding the Digital Citizenship plan and the Acceptable Use Policy.
- The Digital Citizenship school plan will be discussed at a School Council meeting.