Digital Citizenship

Students have access to a variety of media texts and technology tools in our Learning Commons and through their classrooms. It is expected that all students adhere to expectations for responsible and ethical use of technology and the Internet while in the school as outlined in CBE’s Administrative Regulations 1061 - 1067. Misuse of digital tools, including the computer, the network, digital cameras and cell phones, will result in suspension from access to the network.

  • Personal digital devices are not to be used for personal communication or entertainment (phone, text, internet, photos, and videos, gaming) during the school day - regardless of the location (library, classroom, computer lab, washrooms, locker rooms, etc.).
  • Personal digital devices are not permitted in the classrooms during instructional time, unless the supervising teacher gives direct permission. All electronic devices should be locked in lockers during this time, and NOT in purses, back packs, bags, pockets etc. Lockers are shared with a partner and devices are brought to school at students’ own risk.

Acceptable Use Guidelines – Personal Devices

Sir Wilfrid Laurier is aware of the role that technology and mobile devices play in student engagement and student achievement. Alberta Education’s Framework of Student Learning allows opportunities for students to use their own electronic devices to enhance their learning and to develop their own Digital Citizenship. We are asking that students and parents familiarize themselves with these guidelines to understand the expectations of using Personally-Owned Devices (PODs), for example: cell phones, IPods, laptops, tablets. Parents do not have to purchase anything to support their child’s Digital Citizenship. The technology needed for a task will be provided by your child’s teacher but, if students have their own PODs they may be allowed to use them.

Expectations of Students

1. All students are expected to use Responsible Digital Citizenship in all activities. This is described in part, as

  • Respecting Copyright;
  • Respecting privacy and personal information of all students and staff including, but not limited to, video, pictures and social media applications;
  • Using PODs during school hours responsibly; and
  • Accessing only appropriate content

2. PODs are learning tools and should be used in that manner. Each individual teacher determines when and how a device will be used.

3. Security of the device is a student’s responsibility. The school and staff are not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items. PODs must be kept in the student’s hall locker when not being used in their classroom, including PE class.

4. It is the student’s responsibility to have their device charged and ready to use to do their work.

5. Teachers are not responsible for troubleshooting. POD software must be compatible for the activity in the classroom.

6. It is an expectation that if students want to use their POD in class they must have the teacher’s permission. If permission is not given, students must follow the SWL Digital Citizenship and Cellular Telephone policy outlined in their
student handbook.

7. During emergencies, drills, tests and quizzes all PODs must be turned off for the duration of the event.

8. Failure to maintain Digital Citizenship and follow Student Expectations may affect a student’s opportunity to use their devices. Consequences will incorporate the schools progressive discipline policy.

The School will:
1. Provide access to the POD network for wireless access.
2. Have each teacher establish classroom rules for acceptable POD use.
3. Encourage each teacher to provide opportunities for students to use technology to enhance and further their own learning.
4. Include Professional Learning opportunities for teachers to develop best practices for Digital Citizenship and using PODs.
5. Provide Equity of Access; students will have access to school technology that allows them to complete the required projects.

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

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