The Digital Citizenship website was created as a response to a district need regarding responsible digital tool use in schools, and the expectations around the use of those tools in an academic setting and a school community in general. This included analysis of a wide variety of national and international documents (see reference list), examination of relevant BC curriculum and policy documents, and consultation with teachers, administrators, and students who collaborated to form this framework.
Three themes emerged from these conversations that needed to be addressed: educational approach, clarity of district policy and access to digital resources.
Therefore, this website is a synthesis, which summarizes and re-organizes key information in order to help administrators , teachers and students gain clarity about their rights and responsibilities in a school setting, and help promote a socially responsible digital culture.
The framework is divided under four key headings: privacy, copyright, use and access, and behavioural expectations when using digital tools in an educational setting. The purpose of these guidelines is as follows:
To empower students* in their use of digital resources.
To educate students* in the lawful use of digital resources.
To protect students* while in our care and custody.
* Note: our purpose goes beyond just students; we are encompassing all members of our learning community: students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators.
In British Columbia, the framework for social responsibility provides educators, students, and families with a common set of expectations for student development in four categories.
|Contributing to the classroom and school community
Solving problems in peaceful ways
managing conflict appropriately, including presenting views and arguments respectfully, and considering others’ views
using effective problem-solving steps and strategies
Valuing Diversity and Defending Human Rights
Exercising Democratic Rights and Responsibilities
knowing and acting on rights and responsibilities (local, national, global)
articulating and working toward a preferred future for the community, nation, and planet—a sense of idealism
Thanks to the following educators for their contribution to the Digital Citizenship site:
- Heather Escaravage, Communications & Social Media Assistant
- Heather Daly, Library & Information Coordinator
- Martine Duby, Technology Innovations Coordinator
- James Gill, Educational Technology Coordinator
- Brian Kuhn, Former Manager of Information Services
- Marna Macmillan, Social Responsibility Coordinator
- James McConville, Former Educational Technology Coordinator
- Jill Reid, Secondary School and Adult Learning Coordinator