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We are Digital Citizens

Cluster type:

Traditional ICT PD Cluster


The EBE Cluster is comprised of 3 Eastern Bay Schools in Auckland, two which are Year 0-6 and one which is Year 7-8, and 135 teachers. The focus has been towards Goal 1 of Students becoming successful Digital Citizens

National Goal:

Students to become successful digital citizens

Cluster Goals:

  • Students will be smart researchers when sourcing information. 
  • Teachers and students will be collaborative networkers. 
  • Cybersafety will be promoted through education of community, students and staff. Students will co-construct their learning using Formative assessment 
  • Students demonstrate Key Competencies and values to become digitally capable. 


This goal has been chosen as a focus because Digital Citizenship and Cybersafety are impacting on teachers, students and parents in their online, home and school lives. The objective is to inform and educate all groups by creating a growing resource for teachers, parents and students to use.

All schools are devising and implementing Digital Citizenship programmes that will run alongside everyday teaching and learning.

What did we do? (Interventions)

Ongoing support has been provided by the facilitator, key teachers, principals and visiting speakers in the development of these programmes through:

  • In class observations (facilitator and peer observations) 
  • Modelling 
  • Peer observation and learning conversations to identify the next steps (for teachers) 
  • Collection of Resources on We are Digital Citizens Wiki
  • QLCs / PLGs - focus on deeper understanding through professional dialogue 
  • Staff meetings 
  • Coaching - teams working with facilitator, then feeding forward to teaching teams 
  • Staff meetings with Netsafe 
  • Cluster Parent Night 28th July 2011 @ Somerville Intermediate. Speaker: Brett Lee

EBE Cluster Day Friday 29th July 2011 Guest Speakers:  Brett Lee (Bio and Website) & Kelli McRobert (Wiki and Video Link

EBE Cluster Day

Discussion during the day was around the Cluster Goals of:

  1. Students will be smart researchers when sourcing information.
    • What skills might a smart researcher demonstrate?
    • Key Issues and Solutions (tools, strategies)
  2. Cyber-safety will be promoted through education of community, students and staff.
    • Definition of cyber-safety through the lens of: Community, Students and Staff
    • Key Issues and Solutions (tools, strategies)
  3. Students will co-construct their learning using Formative assessment. (How we learn?)
    • Are all students clear about what they are to learn?
    • How do students reflect on the learning process?
    • What does a learning focused relationship look like in a 21st century classroom?
    • How are the next learning steps identified for learners?
    • What about assessment literacy?
    • Key Issues and Solutions (tools, strategies)
  4. Students demonstrate Key Competencies and values to become digitally capable.
    • How might KC and values be demonstrated in a digitally capable learner?
    • Key Issues and Solutions (tools, strategies)
    • Teachers and students will be collaborative networkers.
    • A collaborative networker:
    • between teachers is...
    • between teacher and students is...
    • between students is...
    • Key Issues: connections... and Solutions (tools, strategies)

From these discussions:

  • The cluster now has lists of strategies and tools that can be used in planning Digital Citizenship programmes in the school.
 We are Digital Citizens wiki.
  • A new cluster wiki has been developed which is open to the whole cluster to contribute and add to. Schools are posting useful resources and teachers are posting the teaching and learning ideas that are happening in their classrooms to foster and develop our cluster goal in Digital Citizenship.

Impact on students/teachers/whanau


  • as an extension to being safe online, the intention is for this behaviour to filter out into other life experiences 
  • have a greater understanding of the impact of online bullying and steps to deal with it
  • prepared for an online future as responsible, discerning digital citizens 


  • know what the schools are implementing in regards to Digital Citizenship - parent consultation evenings to keep them informed about their child’s role and their own role in being responsible digital citizens 
  • providing support for their child 
  • encouragement for parents to take more responsibility for their child’s online behaviours 


  • know how to be safe online themselves 
  • understand copyright laws 
  • realise the importance of teaching students how to be safe on-line and maintaining that digital citizenship ethos all year round 
  • understand that being a responsible digital citizen is an ongoing, everyday part of our teaching and learning life 
  • will have an ongoing continually developing resource for teaching Digital Citizenship 

What are our next steps?

  • To continue to develop the wiki as an on-going resource 
  • To share these resources with our local community 
  • Teachers to be kept up to date through reviewing recent research, new technologies and new ideas in Digital Citizenship 
  • To use the e-Learning Planning Framework as a guide in planning a strategic direction 
  • VLN particularly to participate in groups and online workshops 
  • Use the Registered Teacher Criteria to further develop and reflect on our digital citizenship integration
  • Utilise the ongoing resources and guidence provided through Netsafe

The Resource linked below has examples of resources for teaching and learning examples of students’ work that illustrate the learning they have completed and are still working on feedback from teachers through their blogs as to the impact of Digital Citizenship teaching and learning lists of issues and solutions that teachers have decided on for teaching Digital Citizenship

Click here to go to our Digital Resource 'We are Digital Citizens'