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ERIC Number: ED544723
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 89
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 70
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4601-0350-0
Digital Citizenship Policy Development Guide
Alberta Education
Education leaders are re-examining acceptable use policies in light of the increasing use of highly mobile information technologies. While acceptable use policies were developed to manage and control behaviour, a digital citizenship policy takes a more comprehensive approach by recognizing the important role of education in preparing digital citizens. The intent of this guide is not to ascribe policy, but rather to offer guidance to leaders as they strive to better meet student and organizational needs. The guide provides an overview of digital citizenship policies and practices. It draws from research and the practical experience of Alberta schools. Its purpose is to assist school authorities in developing a digital citizenship plan and policies to address the needs of students and to provide guidance in policy development to help protect students working in open, collaborative, online environments. The "Digital Citizenship Needs Assessment Tool" provides an overall sense of school authority readiness and provides specific guidance across a comprehensive set of 11 different areas. These 11 areas are digital access, commerce, communications, literacy, etiquette, law, security, health and wellness, rights and responsibilities, cloud computing, and personally owned devices. Appended are (1) Context; (2) ISTE NETS for Digital Citizenship; (3) Personal Information: A FOIP Definition; and (4) Digital Citizenship Needs Assessment. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada