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Elwin_LeRouxHRSB_OfficialMARCH2014SuperintendentstotheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardProvidingahighqualityeducationforeverystudenteverydayTerm3BeginsP-9ReportCardsHomeP-9GoodFridaynoclassesEasterMondaynoclasseswww.hrsb.ca33SpectacleLakeDriveDartmouthNSB3B1X7902.464.2000Term3BeginsP-9ReportCardsHomeP-9GoodFridaynoclassesEasterMondaynoclassesViewtheHRSBcalendaronlineMarch31April1-3April18April21ImportantDatesInFebruarytheGoverningBoardpassedamotiondirectingthePolicyDevelopmentandReviewCommitteetodevelopanewdigitalcitizenshippolicy.WhatisdigitalcitizenshipAndwhatdoesitmeantobeagooddigitalcitizenDigitalcitizenshipisarelativelynewtermwhichhasgainedimportanceasmoreandmorepeopleinteractonline.Perhapsinmanywayswecanconceptualizeitbestasallthecomponentsofcitizenshipappliedinvirtualenvironments.ButlikemostotherextensionsIthinkthee-contextpresentsdifferentandgreaterchallenges.Ialwaysunderstoodcitizenshiptocapturebenefitsandresponsibilitiesforallthoselivingwithinadefinedcommunity.Inadigitalcontexttwovariablesinparticularbecomeincreasinglysignificanttimeandidentity.Simplyputinformationliveslongerandthefreedomofanonymitycanleadtoinappropriatemessages.Knowingthataseducatorswehavearesponsibilitytoengagestudentsinconversationsaboutdigitalcitizenshipandteachstudentswhatthismeansasmembersofthecommunity.Wewanttohelpstudentslearntheopportunitiesofnewandemergingtechnologiesequippingthemwiththeskillsattitudesandbeliefstousethempositivelyandproductively.Wewanttosupportreflectionandinquirysothatstudentsconsiderpersonalandemotionalimpactsofonlinechoices.Asaneducationsystemweteach.Weguidestudentstoseehowtheirdigitaldecisionscanhavelongtermreal-worldconsequences.Ithinkthisisagoodtimetopointoutthatadigitalcitizenshippolicyisnotintendedtoalignbadbehaviourswithdefinedconsequences.Thisisaboutteachingandlearningandsupportingstudentswithallthetoolsthatareavailabletothemintheirlearningandintheirlives.HowcanstudentsusetheseresponsiblyHowcanwedevelophabitsofusethatreflectthecitizenshipqualitiesvaluedbyourcommunitiesIncreasinglystudentlearningexperiencesareonline.Manyofourclassroomsencouragestudentstobringtheirowninternet-abledevices.Sixty-fiveofourschoolshavewirelessnetworksandatypicaldaycansee15000devicesconnectedtotheinternetthroughHRSBwirelessnetworks.BeyondthattheNovaScotiaVirtualSchoolprovideshighschoolcreditsinanon-linelearningplatform.Ninety-threestudentsinourschoolstake99courseswithotherstudentsandteachersinNovaScotiameetingdailyonline.Wehavee-communitiesoflearnersconnectedformallyandinformallylearningsocializingandexploringeveryday.Adigitalcitizenshippolicyprovidesourboardwiththeopportunitytocreateapolicystatementdefiningtheframeworkforteachingandlearninginanincreasinglyonlineworld.Havingaframeworkwillsupportstudentsfamiliesteachersandadministratorstoincorporatesafeandengagingonlinelearningexperiencesforstudents.Itwillestablishparametersaroundacceptableandunacceptableonlineactivitiesinanenvironmentwherestudentsaresupportedbystaff.AswedevelopadraftpolicyIlookforwardtoinputfromstudentsfamiliesandteachers.HowandwhenwegatherthatinputstillneedstobedeterminedbutIlookforwardtotheconversation.UltimatelythenewpolicyshouldanswerthequestionWhatdoesitmeantobeagoodcitizenintheonlineworldLetstalkabout...DigitalCitizenship