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Developing Digital Citizenship using Hector’s World and SuperClubsPlus (Skoodle)

Maranatha Christian School is a Year 1-8 integrated school in Lower Hutt

National goal 1

Increase the capability of students to become successful digital citizens

Cluster goal 1

  • Students will have increased opportunities to participate in online environments.
  • Students will have opportunities to develop an understanding of what it means to be a digital citizen and to develop the skills required.
  • Students will have opportunities to collaborate with others across the cluster and beyond.

Aims and purpose:

  • School goal: To be Cybercitizens for LIFE
  • Develop online license scheme for students using Hectors World; for those who haven’t participated in class in 2011 and/or for those to have to refresh knowledge.

Links to current theory/research:

Netsafe: My LGP (Learn, Guide, Protect) www.mylgp.org.nz

Method, interventions and actions:

  • In 2011 the whole school participated in the Hector’s World Cyber-Safety programme. Upon completion of this programme children received a Cyber-licence.
  • Parents were given information on what this programme was and when/how it was being run in class. They were also given the links to the Hector’s World website so that they could explore it at home.
  • The two lead teachers set the programme up clearly with outcomes and activities set to age levels and readily accessible so that all teachers across the school could easily implement the programme.
  • Our Senior school (Year 6-8) then logged on to Super Clubs Plus and are using this effectively to keep their cyber safety skills up to date.
  • Our Year 0-5 children needed something to help keep their Cyber-citizen skills current and we also needed a procedure for new students.
  • At the beginning of 2012 we set up a school site to take children through the key learning from our Hector’s World programme. They do this at home with their parents and at the end of their learning they complete a quiz to show that they have remembered/understood what they have learnt.

 https://sites.google.com/a/maranatha.school.nz/maranatha-it-licence/

Summary of key results:

Teachers found the programme easy to implement in 2011, they enjoyed using it and have quickly come to see it as a reference point on cybersaftey since then.
We have had a good rate of completion of this at-home task. It has been an effective way to both keep children’s cyber-safety skills fresh and to involve parents in this important aspect of their children’s learning and cyber-use.

Outcomes and impact:

Adults and children are aware of cybersafety practices so that children have the skills to go to someone for help and the adults they go to are knowledgeable and able to help.
The school feels more comfortable with children using the internet at school.

Conclusions and recommendations (next steps):

  • Continue with this programme on a two-yearly cycle, odd years run as an in-school programme and even years run as an at-home refresher task. (Keep parents involved in both aspects through sharing links and information).
  • Review school policy on children’s internet use, perhaps they need less adult structure and supervision as their digital citizenship capabilities increase?

Comments

  • Tara Fagan

    Looks like a thorough programme.  I like the way so many aspects have been covered including sharing information with parents, continuity of programme and that it encompasses the whole school.  Thanks for sharing this, and the links to the websites.

  • Lyn Ross

    Thanks Tara.  The students enjoy the facebook and game-like aspects of Skoodle and having their own profile and page.  Developing all aspects of successful digital citizenship has been a focus for the Making Connections - Linking Digitally ICT Cluster during 2012.