Digital Citizenship Task Force
The Digital Citizenship Task Force is passionate about connecting character education with the media-centric world our K-8 students are surrounded by. We are committed to keeping colleagues informed and exposed to current trends, and to building our own capacity as Information Age educators. Through this, we hope to achieve our ultimate goal - to provide students with opportunities to develop the skills and traits they will need to demonstrate safe and ethical behavior in the 21st Century.
In our first year, 2012-13, we culled many resources and philosophies to develop a list of topics we plan to focus on in grades 2-8, which support our Character Counts! initiative. This list is still evolving but offers our district a strong foundation and starting point. The supporting lessons are from Common Sense Media and will be delivered in a variety of settings including classrooms, labs, and libraries.
In 2013-14, our focus was on building our capacity to facilitate discussions at age appropriate levels around these topics, ranging from safe searching, to online identity, privacy, and cyber bullying. These discussions and activities should be purposeful and connected to authentic, technology-rich, integrated curriculum. We collaborated with the district Tech Team to implement specific lessons from the K-12 Digital Literacy curriculum by Common Sense Media, and continued to connect the topics to our LAFSD K-8 Common Technology Experiences and LAFSD K-8 Library Goals. We also developed parent ed blurbs which align digital citizenship topics with CharacterCounts! and can be shared in newsletters.
In 2014-15, one of our key focus areas and goals as a district is Digital Citizenship. To achieve even greater capacity and make a bigger impact on students digital learning environments, we will:
- Merge the Digital Citizenship Task Force with the District Technology Committee
- Provide administrators and our Tech Team with additional training about current Cyber law and its relevance to schools
- Facilitate district-wide training for all teachers
- Provide meaningful parent education opportunities
- Ensure all students are receiving age-appropriate experiences to discuss and reflect on digital citizenship in the classroom, lab, and library settings
- Update our Board Policy and accompanying AR and AUP
- Update other technology-related agreements, procedures, and information in Handbooks or other materials
Angie Corritone, District Technology Coordinator
Debbie Deitch, Springhill (4th grade)
Shayna Giorgiani, Happy Valley (3rd grade)
Brooke Kennedy, Stanley Middle (7th grade CORE)
Linda Marsden, Lafayette School (2nd grade)
Heather McNally, Parent Rep.
Laurie Miles, Burton Valley (3rd grade)
Susan Schoenrock, Stanley Middle (Health Educator)
Students - TBD