POLICY: Digital Citizenship

 

 

Information and Communication Technology has become an integral part of the learning experience for students at Beachy Cove Elementary. Students use technology for gathering information, sharing and presenting ideas and communicating with one another.

 

Greater access to digital devices, social media and the connectivity that they provide allows learning to occur anywhere, anytime, anyplace. As a 21st Century school, we believe that our role is to support students’ abilities to participate fully, ethically and safely as digital citizens, while appreciating its opportunities and responsibilities.

 

Technology comes with a variety of risks, costs, and implications. Immersion in a digital culture and the pervasive use of a wide array of devices and networks makes it necessary to increase students’ awareness so they can safely get the most out of these experiences.  BCE’s wireless access has the security needed to allow exploration and guided learning without jeopardizing student safety or privacy.  The protections and firewalls that ESDNL has in place also applies to student or school-owned wireless devices. Our purpose is not to create rules or limit activity; it is to help foster positive digital citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that accompany it.

 

Students are not compelled to bring their own device and all students will have equal access to school resources. Delivery of the curriculum will not hinge on a student having access to a personal device. The focus will be, as always, on the learning process and prescribed curriculum.  Instruction will continue in ways that accommodate all students’ resources and interests.

 

This document outlines the expectations and guidelines for participation in technology-based experiences in the BCE community, regardless of when, where or how this learning occurs. It encompasses the use of school technology, use of our wireless network, and personally owned devices when at school.

 

Why Focus on Technology?

 

1. Benefits to the learner:

-Shifting instruction to be more student-centered;

-Increased engagement;

-Student choice in media;

-Multiple pathways to learning;

-Connecting globally and locally to add authenticity to learning;

-Flexibility for inclusive practices;

-Assistive technology;

-Student collaboration not limited by proximity or timing;

-Critical and creative thinking;

-Information literacy skills; and,

-Sense of achievement, pride, and ownership.

 

2. Relevance to current reality:

 

-Necessary for further education;

-Supports diverse learners;

-Activate prior knowledge & skills;

-Enhances communication; and,

-Teach effective and productive use of commonly-used technology.

 

Definitions

21st Century Learning ‚Äď Learning that focuses on critical/creative thinking, collaboration, communication, self-direction, global awareness and cultural literacy.

 

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) ¬†‚Äď The practice of allowing learners and teachers to bring their own devices and incorporate them into their teaching and learning.

 

Device ‚Äď An electronic tool that can be connected to a network (computer, e-reader, laptop, smart phone, tablet, iPod/mp3 player, video game system).

 

Digital Citizenship - The norms of appropriate and responsible use of technology.

 

Network ‚Äď A series of devices that can communicate and share files with one another. Access to the BCE computer network is secure and private.

 

Network Access ‚Äď The opportunity to use a network, contingent on responsible use.

 

Smart Phone ‚Äď A cellular telephone that can access networks using wi-fi or cellular connectivity.

 

Wi-fi - A network that allows wireless devices to connect to the internet or private networks.

 

Safe Use Policy

 

1. All BCE and ESDNL policies, particularly our PBS expectations, related to personal conduct and behaviour must be followed when using digital devices at BCE.

 

2. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen electronic toys or devices.

 

3. Devices with wireless access are only to be activated when instructed by a teacher. Wifi must be deactivated at the end of instructional time, unless directed otherwise.

 

4. Electronic devices must be stored during outside play, when eating, and during assemblies unless otherwise directed.

 

5. Cellular telephones and Smartphones brought to school by students must remain turned off unless used for educational or other purposes under the direction of a teacher.

 

6. Cameras and other recording capabilities on any device are to be used only under the direction of a teacher with the prior consent of all parties involved.

 

7. No inappropriate content may be stored or accessed on school-owned (i.e. Apps, games, websites, pictures/video).  The same applies to student owned devices while at BCE.

 

8. Beachy Cove Elementary reserves the right to limit or terminate privileges associated with technology if policies are violated.

 

9. Students may only use the Internet under the supervision of a teacher.

 

10. Students may only download and/or install Apps, files or other programs in consultation with a teacher.  

 

Digital Citizenship Policy Agreement

 

The first step in the process of helping our students become Digital Citizens is to review this document and accept the privileges and responsibilities that come with it.   In particular, please discuss the following Best Practices and Responsibilities

 

Best Practices

 

-Respect the privacy of others.

 

-Use of technology is a privilege.

 

-Learners must not access files or material for which they do not have permission.

 

-Treat all technology with respect.

 

-Recognize when you or a classmate have accessed inappropriate content, and notify a teacher immediately.

 

-Show respect through words and actions when collaborating with others.

 

-Do not share any private information about yourself or others.

 

-Students may choose to use their own device when working with others.

 

-If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, inform an adult immediately.

 

-Keep virus protection up-to-date.

 

-Devices must be fully charged at home.

 

-Families should decide upon terms and conditions of sharing and caring for personal devices.

 

      -Printing from wireless devices is not presently possible in school. 

  

A respectful community of leaders and learners. Une communauté de modèles et d’apprenants qui se respectent.

Traffic & Parking
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Please note the following information which is vital to the protection of life and safety of the students and staff at our school:
Parking Lot Access
The entrance and exit to the school parking lot has switched around from what it was in previous years. If you access our parking lot through the entrance, be sure and follow the arrows which lead you to the exit.
Parking
We have a very limited number of parking spaces available in our front parking lot. Parking for the sixty staff members working in our school must be a priority. To that end, we strongly encourage parents and family members to use the drop-off lane instead of taking up these limited parking spaces.

If you find that there are no parking spaces available ‚Äď then there are none available. Parking on other areas of our lot or around the back of the school or in our drop-off lane is NOT an option. Parking in areas other than the designated spaces restricts the traffic flow through our parking lot and impedes the busses from doing their normal routes.
Drop-Off Lane
We have maintained our drop-off lane which is directly next to the sidewalk at the front of the school. We strongly encourage our families who drop off students to use the drop-off lane instead of parking and escorting children into the school.
Bus Drop-off and Pick-Up
With the reconfiguration of our front parking lot, our school busses are now routed to the rear of the school for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Because of this, no vehicles other than school busses are permitted to park or drive around the rear of the school. Again, there can be no exceptions to this rule as we need to protect a safe route for our ten school busses.
Afternoon Pick-Up
All of the measures outlined above apply equally to afternoon pick-up. If you plan on picking up your child from school, we kindly ask that you park in one of the designated parking spots if there are any available. If you find there are none available, please leave the parking lot and find another safe parking spot off of our parking lot. We do not encourage parents to park on the sides of the road as this creates another set of safety issues and concerns.

To summarize, we now have nearly 700 students and 60 adults working and learning in our school every day. As you can appreciate, this causes tremendous challenges for safe traffic flow and parking. If we are to maintain a degree of safety and security for our students and staff, we need YOUR cooperation in adhering to the expectations outlined above. With our ever-growing population and our limited space, we will continue to be challenged.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 895-2241 or drop me a line via e-mail (principal@beachycove.ca).

Sincerely,


AUBREY DAWE
PRINCIPAL
A respectful community of leaders and learners. Une communauté de modèles et d’apprenants qui se respectent.