One indicator of Digital Citizenship is:
b. Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
To promote safe and healthy use of technology, with an emphasis on social media and smart phone use, I advocated that my district purchase a license to show the documentary Screenagers. I had previewed it in December 2016 at the Burien Public Library. I worked out the date with the vendor and location and logistics with a committee at our middle school. Screenagers was shown at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Parents were encouraged to view the film with their children. Approximately 160 people attended, about 40 were White River teachers. The showing was well received.
Parent email expressing interest and value of documentary.
To earn “tech time”, the teachers who attended contributed to a shared Google slideshow.
Directions for collaborative reflection slides.
Sample collaborative slide reflection.
The next step is to have a workshop based on the topics from the documentary. These will be prioritized through a Google form and then sessions will be drafted.
Another next step is purchase another license to show the movie again at our high school in the fall of 2017.
Another way that I have promoted safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of technology is by creating a version of the district Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Policy 2022 that is at a student reading level. This letter and form provides students and parents guidelines for using the Chromebooks and the district internet. This is important because students need boundaries to understand what is appropriate and not appropriate in relation to device car, Internet use, and interaction with others online.
In preparation for our 1:1 high school initiative that will roll out in fall 2017, I am also crosswalking our existing high school Student Handbook guidelines about Internet and device use with my district’s AUP 2022 Policy and Procedure. This will ensure that the expectations are thorough and consistent, aligned with district policy, but in student friendly language.