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Student Leaders promoting Digital Citizenship – Part One

Who are we?

We are a diverse range of schools from the Manawatu that make up the ‘Town & Country ICTPD Cluster’. Our schools include; Awapuni, Central Normal, Cloverlea, Hokowhitu, Kairanga, Longburn, Tākaro and Tokomaru.

What is important to us?

We would like our students to become successful digital citizens who have an authentic voice in the community.

Why is this important?

The Town & Country ICTPD Cluster Goals gave us strong justification for introducing Cluster Student Leaders. Our indicators included:

  • All schools will have a Digital Citizenship Model.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate behaviours in-line with the Digital Citizenship Model.
  • All schools will develop opportunities for student leadership.
  • Groups of students will collaborate face-to-face and then via Web 2.0 environments.
  • Student use of digital environments, that encourage innovative and creative uses of technologies, will be extended.
  • Student voice will be an integral part of school reporting on e-learning progress, using a range of tools.
  • Student work will show increasing use of digital research and resources to support inquiry learning.

What did we do?

Each school chose two year five students to become ‘Student Leaders’. These students meet throughout the year to collaborate with each other on the following topics:

  • How to be a positive digital citizen – this is our current topic.
  • Creating Digital Citizenship resources to be used by classes.
  • How to use digital tools creatively in the classroom.
  • How to teach and support other students to become independent eLearners.

The following YouTube clip shows the Student Leaders filming each other (and themselves) talking about their initial understandings of what Digital Citizenship is all about:

What happened as a result?

The students brainstormed what Digital Citizenship is using bubbl.us and made a screenshot to add to the Student Leader wiki. This wiki was created to give students their own space to collaborate and to add relevant pages.

Students recorded videos of themselves and others using different devices, talking about their understanding of what a good digital citizen is.

Students from each school decided what part of Digital Citizenship, based on a definition by Andrew Churches, they would like to focus on for the resource they will be making:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Looking after others
  • Looking after property

The students brainstormed and decided on what type of resource they would like to make, that would appeal to their fellow students. This information was also recorded on the Student Leader wiki.

What have we learned?

Digital Citizenship takes all of the values and morals of the physical world and relates them to the digital or cyber world. Creating contexts that relate to the physical world allows students to demonstrate an understanding of what they might mean in the digital world. These contexts are especially powerful when students rather than teachers create them.

What are our next steps?

The Student Leaders will:

  • Create digital resources that can be used by teachers with their classes.
  • Present these digital resources at the Town & Country ICTPD Mini Conference.
  • Try out other Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety online resources and add a recommended list to the Student Leaders wiki.

Want to find out more?

Below you will find the link to our ‘Town & Country Student Leader Wiki’.