Kuranui is a country school nestled beneath the Kaimai Ranges in a well-resourced and tranquil setting. The Learning Community is based on a shared vision, values and expectations that are articulated and demonstrated through their Kura Kid Culture. They see learning as a partnership based on respect between all involved, where students develop caring values and are encouraged to make positive choices.
To develop a shared understanding of Digital citizenship amongst the students and staff of Kuranui School, that encompassed the values and attitudes used at school and home. This will be a planned approach to develop a programme of teaching and learning in conjunction with the goals set by our school within our ICTPD Cluster.
In order to address the need of the students in the school and to educate them about cyber safety and use of Web2 tools within classroom, we needed to develop understandings of what digital footprints were, how to behave online and how students could protect themselves on line. We planned our journey with our facilitator around cyber safety to be delivered at the beginning of the school year, across the whole school. We decided as teachers that we would be able to utilize this and have peer tutors to assist students transitioning through the school. This would also be effective in dealing with new students arriving annually and mid year across the school due to the nature of the farming we live in.
What did we do?
We collected base information by interviewing students about their knowledge and understanding of digital citizenship across the school. From there we analysed the interviews and assessed knowledge and then planned action steps. Originally it was planned as individual teaching lessons but then through necessity we reflected on the implementation problems due to the school infrastructure and modified the plan to allow access to web links for as many as possible at one time.
Across the school we noticed:
What did we learn:
For further planning documents and links go to http://matamatadistrict.wikispaces.com/VLN+School+Stories
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this reflection, thank you Judi for sharing. I remember visiting Kuranui school so I can envision the process that has happened here.
You have been wise to unpack what digital citizenship means to the Kura kid in regards to attitudes and values and I have particularly loved the way you have used Inquiry to draw the student’s in with developing this understanding further. The cross-collaborative, whole-school approach will ensure similar messages are being developed and honoured across the school community.
You have done well to pull in external experts and I’d also love to hear how the wider community (parents, whanau) have responded to this as well.
If any next steps include involving students in the development of school-wide documentation (acceptable use policies etc), then you may also be interested in sharing your own thoughts and ideas about valued based ICT policy with Netsafe @ http://collaborate.netsafe.org.nz/
Thanks again for sharing this story. The slideshow is a very useful resource which may help other schools who are on a similar journey. You may also be interested in Whakatu cluster' conversations about digital citizenship @ http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/threaded_forums/27128/