Do you know what it means to be a digital citizen? “As schools and society become more inundated with digital technology, there needs to be a structure that they can teach students (and parents) how to act with respect to this technology” (Ribble & Bailey, 2007). The school board has changed the technology policy so that teachers and students have different levels of access. This is how the Digital Citizenship Program fits in.
Kim Meldrum, M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is an experienced Pedagogical Consultant at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. As a member of the Digital Citizenship Program team she adds her extensive experiences in the area of curriculum development and implementation. She brings to the team a global perspective that she gained through her volunteer experiences teaching teachers in South Africa. She is currently supporting one to one initiatives in a number of schools, as well as, developing curriculum that supports the implementation of DC. Kim has presented at international conferences such as ISTE 2015 and ASCD.
Sue Connery is an experienced educator and digital innovator. She has worked extensively with both elementary and secondary teachers implementing the use of technology in the classroom. Her experiences include using iPads as a tool to both engage and enrich the educational life of students. She was an active member of the team that developed the Digital Citizenship Program at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. She is currently a Co -Lead Teacher for Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship at the LBPSB.
Barry Hannah has been a teacher, a principal and a pedagogical consultant for a number of different subjects including science, mathematics, outdoor education, personal orientation program, integrative project, physical education and health. His fascination with computers and technology dates back to the days of OCR and punch card programming. His current focus is on helping teachers and students integrate the technology that surrounds us into their classrooms. He is currently the Educational Technology Consultant for the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
Tanya Avrith M.A. Ed Tech, is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator. Tanya helped pioneer the Digital Citizenship Program at the Lester B. Pearson School Board, during her time as Co -Lead Teacher for Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship. This resulted in her being invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss Digital Citizenship education. Tanya was instrumental in the genesis and implementation of the 1:1 initiatives (Macbooks and Chromebooks) occurring at the Lester B. Pearson School Board. At present she is working as Educational Consultant for Amplified IT.
Do you know what it means to be a digital citizen? "As schools and society become more inundated with digital technology, there needs to be a structure that they can teach students (and parents) how to act with respect to this technology" (Ribble & Bailey, 2007). The school board has changed the technology policy so that teachers and students have different levels of access. This is where the Digital Citizenship Program (DCP) will fit in. "Digital citizenship can be described as the norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use."
Imagine we were living in the wild wild west, back in the 18th and 19th centuries before their laws and rules were properly enforced. Some people chose to do as they pleased, without any regard for their fellow citizens. These people were known as outlaws and while the concept may sound romantic, the idea begins to run thin after you have been repeatedly bullied, robbed, intimidated, and made to feel unsafe. Without digital citizenship, the internet can feel like the wild, wild west. Citizenship is not something that people know instinctively. It is something that we learn, something that needs to be taught. Technology, the internet, the digital era, none of this is going away. As educators we need to examine how we can teach ourselves and our students to become educated digital citizens.