Today, billions of people all over the planet interact using various technologies. This interaction has created a digital society that affords its members opportunities for education, employment, entertainment, and social interaction. As in any society, it is expected that digital citizens act in a certain way—according to accepted norms, rules, and laws.
Most of today’s students are entirely comfortable with technology, but are they using it appropriately? Do they understand their roles and responsibilities in digital society?
The role of the teachers at St Joachim’s is to help students become responsible digital citizens. This is done through a variety of ways including regular lessons about digital citizenship by the Teacher Librarian and a well integrated digital technologies curriculum.
1:1 Ipad program
From Year 3 to Year 6, students and parents are involved in a 1 to 1 ipad program to enhance their learning.
21st Century Learners & Digital Citizenship
At St Joachim’s Catholic School teachers are aware of the need to provide opportunities for students to engage with new technologies, including laptop computers, iPads, iPods, Interactive Whiteboards, online tools, robotics and so much more. Learning to use the technologies are not end in themselves; they are the vehicle for learning in a contemporary world.
Technologies, used by learners of all ages, are rapidly becoming faster, cheaper, mobile, integrated and more powerful. A growing majority of young people are online and active. Young people increasingly live and thrive in the digital environment, comfortable with virtual, screen-to-screen and face-to-face relationships. They take for granted that they can use interactive text, audio and image technologies to observe and participate in world events in real time. Their approach to learning is influenced by their expectations of 12 hour a day, seven days a week three hundred and sixty five days a year multiple media communications.
With a mouse click they are able to instantaneously access a wide range of resources and services. Highly connected, they simultaneously do homework, talk on the phone, listen to music, surf the web and maintain conversations online. Students demand interactivity in learning, communication, and entertainment. Multi-tasking and parallel-processing are second nature for many. They engage and work with multi-layered packages of non-linear information comprising images, sound, video, text and graphics.
Mobile technologies, chat, blogs, wikis, web cams, reality television and interactive games are intrinsic to their world. Current technologies shape their expectations and their abilities to access, acquire, manipulate, construct, create and communicate information.
Excerpt from Bailey, G. & Ribble, M., (2010) Digital Citizenship in Schools International Society for Technology in Education.