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Digital Citizenship

AMDSB Digital Citizenship Guidebook Draft 2017

The Avon Maitland District School Board’s (AMDSB) Digital Citizenship Guidebook provides a comprehensive set of principles, best practices and procedures with regards to AMDSB’s approach to the integration of evolving digital technologies in education. Supporting all students across all subjects “to learn appropriate and responsible online behaviour through the integration of digital citizenship instruction will help ensure that children and youth in the digital age become responsible and principled digital citizens, capable of building and maintaining a positive digital footprint, respecting intellectual property boundaries and protecting their privacy online”.

As we re-think, re-imagine, and re-envision learning in AMDSB, our “one-life” approach to technology integration is about creating a culture of innovation, risk-taking, and continuous learning, while also building bridges between home and school, and helping students develop the necessary skills to be safe contributing global citizens guided by our knowledge of effective pedagogies, and our commitment to creating positive, inclusive learning environments.

The Digital Citizenship Guidebook is designed to support all stakeholders in education, and inform the safe, positive and productive use of digital tools for educational purposes, while ensuring that students develop “the knowledge, skills, and characteristics that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens”. Our approach is aligned with the AMDSB Strategic Plan, Ministry of Education policy, Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) guidelines, and the Ontario Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion.

In addition to the statutory and regulatory frameworks in the Education Act, Ontario College of Teachers Act, and Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) as well as the standards of professional conduct outlined in the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) Collective Agreements, all information contained in this document is supported and governed by Avon Maitland District School Board Administrative Procedures, including, but not limited to:

AP103: Management of Personal Information – Student
AP110: Websites, Social Media and Google Apps For Education
AP140: Technology: Responsible Use and Security
AP161: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Use of personally Owned Computing Devices on
School and Board Networks
AP190: Copyright
AP194: Privacy Breach Protocol
AP195: Freedom Of Information and Protection of Privacy
AP320: Responsible Use of Internet and Electronic Devices By Students
AP351: Code of Conduct
AP352: Promoting Positive Student Behaviour Including Progressive Discipline and Bullying
Prevention and Intervention

Please note that the Digital Citizenship Guidebook is still in draft form. Once it has been approved by Senior Staff the information on this page will be updated.

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