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Being a Successful Digital Citizen I-Connect Milestone 5

Year level - Secondary

 Cluster Type - Traditional ICT PD Cluster

 Context - Cluster progress towards achieving Goal 1

 National Goal

  • Students to become successful digital citizens

Cluster Goals

  • To support all teachers to  model successful digital citizenship
  • To  foster  the development of digital literacy in our learners
  • To ensure all teachers continue to highlight our guidelines to assist students to become safe and successful digital citizens
  • To continue to promote opportunities for students to have leadership roles in our learning community 


To regularly promote successful digital citizenship for all our learners on an ongoing basis with modelling by teachers and sharing of successful and challenging student stories. To incorporate in lessons opportunities that promote successful and creative learning.

Another focus is to extend the successful technologies based Digital Advisers programme implemented last year to incorporate students working beside teachers to help in the planning of lessons to try and make lessons engaging and exciting.


Whilst acknowledging the great opportunities digital technologies and spaces offer we need to be aware of the potential pitfalls and promote the following behaviours.

I am a successful digital citizen.

What did we do?

  • Tried to simplify the way we spread the digital citizenship message. Lead teachers came up with a four pronged approach for both staff and students.
  • A competition was organised to develop a cluster “business card” reinforcing the message. The winning entry is currently being enhanced before production and distribution.
  • Teachers were introduced to the simplification and reminded of their responsibilities.
  • Digital Citizenship featured in spotlights
  • Two groups of Digital Advisers were appointed in each school after the positions were advertised. The schools have technical advisers and learning advisers.
  • Meetings have been held both with lead teachers and John Phelps lead facilitator to explain the roles and work on what the programme would look like in each school.
  • Karamu High School made a significant purchase based of the recommendations of the digital advisers.
  • A writer’s workshop was held at Sacred Heart College facilitated by John Phelps and attended by both year 9 and 10 students and English teachers.
  • Students involved in Assemblies with eLearning spotlights. Eg:
    I-Hearts kicked off their school info sharing at assembly yesterday. A punchy 5 minute presentation highlighting safe practices with Facebook

What did we learn?

  • The main things we have had reaffirmed is that students need the support of fellow students to be safe and responsible users of technology.
  • Students and teachers value the opportunities afforded by learning together
  • Students need significant support as well as enthusiasm to put the programmes into meaningful context
  • That less haste and more speed will be the way we approach the learning adviser roles. As this is seen as a key factor in sustainability we are proceeding in a monitored and gradual process. In some instances this means small group roll outs of the programme.

Next Steps:

  • Implementation of the learning adviser programme in each school.
  • Digital Citizenship featuring at our mini conference.



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