The widespread adoption of technology and our increasing use of digital platforms means that every New Zealander needs to know how to model responsible behaviours as successful ‘digital citizens’ in real-world contexts. Netsafe states that anyone using the internet should understand how good digital citizenship values apply online.
At Churton Park School this is something we take very seriously. Our moral purpose is to empower connected lifelong learners. We want to ensure students are connected to their future. Akonga (learners) will be future focused and open to possibilities and opportunities, willing to use the best of what we know and do while engaging with new thinking and technologies.
Outcomes - Akonga will:
To ensure all students leave Churton Park School ready to contribute positively in the digital world, we have developed a Digital Citizenship Curriculum that builds knowledge and experience in 5 key areas:
We provide a safe environment where students learn these concepts through doing. Through navigating digital online learning with the guidance and support of a teacher, students are able to discuss and learn from situations as they happen. For example, students are able to make choices about what they share on their secure Seesaw accounts. Teachers model and discuss what is appropriate or not appropriate to share, and students apply what they have learnt through making choices for themselves. The teacher is then able to decide if the post students have shared will be approved, meaning they will be able to be viewed online but others. If the post is not appropriate to share this becomes a learning opportunity for the student, where their knowledge of what to share and what not to share is enriched.
When students leave Churton Park School and the secure environment we provide, students will be able to apply what they have learnt independently to navigate digital environments successfully- making the digital world a better place!