The Calcasieu school system teaches good habits of digital citizenship
Published Sunday October 23, 2022 8:45 am
The Calcasieu Parish School District is committed to ensuring students across Southwest Louisiana are educated on what it takes to be good digital citizens. To highlight their efforts, the district created Digital Citizenship Week, which took place last week.
CPSB Chief Technology Officer Kim LeBlanc said that while digital citizenship will be taught year-round, there is a desire to “emphasise the importance of helping students, families and teachers thrive in our 24/7 digital world.” to find your way”. With the establishment of Digital Literacy Week, the school district was able to offer teachers specialized classes and activities.
Digital citizenship is “the responsible use of technology to learn, create and participate”, as defined by LeBlanc.
Being a good digital citizen means using digital technology ethically and responsibly. She said of Southwest Louisiana students, “A good digital citizenship … sets that in motion and shows them how to connect, empathize, and build healthy relationships through digital tools.”
Now, in an ever-evolving technological environment, it’s more important than ever to take the time to ensure students are being given the skills they need to ethically navigate a digital world. “For students, digital life is real life,” she said.
All students of the municipality of Calcasieu will be equipped with digital devices. That’s why CPSB has taken the time to curate lessons, tools, and programs to teach students how these devices should be used. “It is the responsibility of the school district to ensure that students learn how to use district-supported technology tools responsibly and appropriately, and to educate students about how inappropriately used technology can impact their lives.”
LeBlanc said CPSB has developed a “comprehensive digital citizenship program.”
The program covers topics such as: media balance, privacy and security, digital footprint and identity, and news and media literacy. Subjects are taught at different grade levels, but instruction is adapted to the grade level being taught.
LeBlanc gave an example of this process with the topics of media balance and well-being. These themes center around the concept of “We find balance in our digital lives,” she said. “In the junior grades, the lesson would focus on helping students understand how to find a happy balance between their online and offline activities through reflection on pausing for people and saying goodbye to technology be able.”
Through the program, each school puts together a team consisting of a team ambassador and two other school representatives.
These teams work with CPSB Technology Training Facilitators to develop educational content for staff and students. “The team is helping create a school-wide plan for implementing additional digital citizenship lessons throughout the school year and incorporating tips into the classroom on a daily basis,” she explained. “They also develop action plans that are specific to the needs of students at their school by using the results of school technology surveys.”
The program follows and leverages the Digital Citizenship standards set by the International Society for Technology in Education.
The practice of ethical digital citizenship should not end at school. LeBlanc stated that parents and guardians “should be encouraged to reflect on media habits and build digital citizenship skills by having open conversations with the whole family about digital citizenship.”
The practice of good digital citizenship does not end at school. LeBlanc explained that the best way for a family to adopt digital citizenship is to create a household agreement. “Creating a media agreement for families would be a great activity for families,” she said. “The agreement could cover topics such as device care, online safety and first consideration before posting.”
She explained that creating such an agreement is an effective way to introduce a household to ethical digital use. “Getting input from all family members on the ‘do’s’ for each of the above topics would be a great way to open conversations about responsible digital use,” she said.