“Citizenship” is Everyone’s Business

February 1st is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the day before Groundhog Day, digicit_relationshipsthe day (1920) of the newly established Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  But more importantly, it is the official launch of our Digital Citizenship Initiative (K-7).

While some may hone in on the word, “digital” implying that it is related to computer lab activities or technology classes, we suggest it is plain “Citizenship”. And everyone is responsible for learning and modeling citizenship (both in-person and online). At the heart of this, resides the core values and beliefs that we all hold.  This in turn, drive our behaviours and actions.

Citizenship is fully integrated in the new curriculum. It is embedded in the Core Competencies of Personal and Social competency. As well you will find targeted Curricular Competencies in every curriculum including the latest draft Applied Design, Skills and Technologies.

The Digital Citizenship Initiative has been divided into themes:

  • February – Relationships and Communication
  • March – Internet Safety
  • April – Footprints and Reputation
  • May – Cyberbullying
  • June – Credit and Copyright

Lesson launches are provided as starting points for teachers and students. As well, there is a FOR PARENTS area to explore at home with family. Keeping open communication is key to understanding how one lives and learns in all the environments we encounter. Schools have been invited to participate and share their class stories through school websites, principal newsletters, home communications, and PAC meetings. We are in this journey together. DCcontest

For classes, there is an added bonus – a monthly DC contest starting this month. Hop on over to the Digital Citizenship Contest page or click on the DC button found on your school’s website for information. We sincerely hope you’ll join us as we learn together.

We’d love to hear stories that you may wish to share. Please leave a comment below.

Launching K-7 Digital Citizenship Districtwide

Launches are always exciting and this one was all that. digicit_headerHow can you not feel the energy being in a room filled with school teams engaged in conversation and laughter. And not to forget our very own Chef Wade catering the event made it even more inviting.

Digital citizenship is everyone’s responsibility. Earlier in the year the secondary group started. Last week was K-7’s turn. The launch started with a framework to guide the Initiative. Highlights included activities to share at staff meetings to connect teachers with experiences. Each month focuses on a specific theme with resources posted on our blog: Digital Literacy and Citizenship.

Monthly themes:

  • February – Relationships and Communication
  • March – Internet Safety
  • April – Footprints and Reputation
  • May – Cyberbullying
  • June – Credit and Copyright

In addition to schoolwide, classroom activities and contests, there are Parent Connections (activities connected to home). We even have a Twitter hashtag – #SD41DigiCit to share our global stories. We would love to hear what you’re doing with regards to digital literacy and citizenship by leaving comments below.

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