ICT and Digital Citizenship

ICT, e-learning and life-long learning

At Point Chevalier School, digital tools will support students to become responsible life-long learners with an active curiosity about themselves and their world.

Point Chevalier School supports a digital citizenship model for the promotion of safe and responsible use of ICT, in line with our Core Values.

We see a responsible digital citizen as someone who:

  • is a confident and capable user of digital technologies
  • uses technologies to participate in educational, cultural, and economic activities
  • uses and develops critical thinking skills in cyberspace
  • is literate in the language, symbols, and texts of digital technologies
  • is aware of challenges online and can manage them effectively
  • uses technology to relate to others in positive, meaningful ways
  • demonstrates honesty and integrity in their use of digital technology
  • respects the concepts of privacy and freedom of speech in a digital world
  • contributes and actively promotes the values of digital citizens

Source: Netsafe

Responsible use of ICT

The school recognises that by fostering a culture of successful digital citizenship in our students, staff and our wider community we are encouraging everyone to take responsibility for themselves and others in their use of digital technologies. This allows us to harness the potential that technology brings to the teaching and learning process, while minimising and learning to effectively respond to the challenges we may experience while using them in a learning context.

The School Board is aware that preparing our students to make effective use of digital technologies is an important part of their preparation for participation and contribution in society today and into the future.

It is our belief that we must prepare our students to actively participate in the world in which they live. It is clear that a key skill in this new world will be their ability to participate as effective digital citizens. An important part of learning these skills is being given the chance to experience the opportunities, and the challenges presented by technology in a safe, secure and nurturing environment, where clear, effective guidance can be sought as students and teachers learn.

The School Board recognises that its obligations under the National Administration Guidelines extend to use of the internet and related technologies.

Internet safety procedures

Point Chevalier School has developed and will maintain procedures around the safe and responsible use of the internet and related technologies.

These internet safety procedures (Responsible Use Agreement, BYOD Use Agreement) recognise the value of the technology and encourage its use in a teaching and learning context while helping to minimise and manage the challenges that may be experienced by students, teachers and the wider school community.

Incidents that arise will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Management Plan as the focus will be on the behaviour rather than the technology itself. Contact the Principal for copies of agreements.