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Student Leaders promoting Digital Citizenship – Part Two

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 want to encourage 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
  • Creating Digital Citizenship resources to be used by classes.
  • How to use digital tools creatively in the classroom.
  • How to find, or create images, movies and music that are allowed to be re-used, while valuing copyright.
  • How to teach and support other students to become independent eLearners.

The following YouTube clip shows the Digital Citizenship resources that were made by the Student Leaders and presented at the Town & Country ICTPD Cluster Conference.

 

What happened as a result?

Using the Student Leader wiki, created earlier in the year, the students created videos, posters, and comics to show how to be a positive digital citizen by:

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

A collection of Student Leaders presented their digital citizenship resources at the Cluster Conference. These resources were viewed favourably by all of the cluster teachers.

A series of workshops on creating or finding copyright free music and searching for images that are marked for re-use, resulted in the Student Leaders making movies about their favourite things.

The Student Leaders were tasked with ‘spreading the word’ back a their own schools, about how to be a positive digital citizen.

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:

  • Try out other Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety online resources and add a recommended list to the Student Leaders wiki.
  • Model positive Digital Citizenship within their own schools.
  • Meet up for more Student Leader Workshops in 2013.

Want to find out more?

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