What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital citizenship explores the concepts around appropriate and responsible use of technology. Digital citizenship can cover but is not limited to the way we access technology, communicate using technology, responsibility we place on technology and our rights to access and extend to everyone in the digital world, our digital health and digital security.
Digital Citizenship in Schools
The increasing use of technology presents staff, students and communities with more engaging, inclusive and innovative ways to approach learning. Technology provides educators with the capacity to revolutionise education, and yet it has the capacity to present us with pitfalls such as bullying, digital cheating and online security and safety.
The K-12 Digital Citizenship Framework aims to deliver a cross-curricular wellbeing approach to digital citizenship. The framework has been developed in conjunction with CommonSense Media, learning technologies staff, wellbeing staff and classroom teachers. The framework models the CommonSense Media Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence, which has been reformatted to suit the particular needs of our student body.
The K-12 Framework empowers students to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly with our digital world. The introduction of this framework will aim to increase student understanding and the power of technology in order to harness the full potential of technology. The initial stage of the framework run during tutor time for the senior school was specifically designed to increase teacher-student engagement and build positive rapport with students whilst having meaningful conversations around topical issues relating to digital citizenship.
What Does the Framework Look Like?
The framework is divided into 4 bands; K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, the lessons will be provided to all teachers and tutors which will include all the necessary teaching resources. Initially, the framework will be introduced into class time K-6, tutor time 7-9, year 9 in conjunction with the right journey program and during admin time for years 10-12. In years to come, the learning technologies team hope to develop the framework and integrate more cross-curricular activities outside of tutor and admin time for middle and high school students.
The Role as a Classroom and Tutor Teacher:
As a teacher or tutor teacher you are encouraged to share your own thoughts and stories where appropriate in order to build rapport with students. This framework has been developed with the goals of the wellbeing team in mind and thus strengthen relationships between students and tutor teachers. The lessons are designed to take a positive approach on technology use and inspire students to make correct and positive choices when using digital technologies.
Where are we at?
Currently, we are almost at the completion of the first round of lessons for years 7-12. At this stage, we have received a lot of positive and constructive data to enhance the program for the future. Data will be collected from staff and students regarding the nature, content and effectiveness of the program and its capacity to build positive relationships between tutor teachers and students.
What does the Future Look Like?
During term 2 a review of the current framework will take place and retrospective data will be collated. This data will be used to enhance the programs for future use – more specifically, how can we link it to the needs of our students. In terms 3 and 4 we would like to begin working with faculties to identify areas where digital citizenship practices can be embedded into classes and to create a consistency with digital technologies instruction.