Last week, MBIS students and faculty celebrated Digital Citizen Week. You might wonder… what is a “digital citizen” exactly?
Here is the definition given by the International Society for Technology in Education (2016):
“Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
2a. Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
2c. Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
2d. Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.”
Through this event, we aimed at promoting a creative use of technology and at ensuring that students understand the concepts associated with consuming digital media and developing a positive digital footprint.
In order to achieve our objectives, we called for contributions and were pleased to showcase various pieces (music, presentations, posters, etc).
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the week…
Monday Feb 26th
Students of PYP 1 to 5 decorated Digital footprint designs and displayed them around the school in the primary section. The purpose of those footprints was for students to add texts in them to show the do’s and don’ts of online behaviour.
Inside the footprints, we could read some students’ reflections: “Don’t share your passwords.” “Do take care of your computer, iPad and phone and respect ideas and opinions online.”
So Young Baek, MYP5A, Music piece entitled Sound of Light (piano composition published under Creative commons 4.0).
So Young has shared her reflection with us: “Being involved in the Digital Citizenship Week was a great opportunity for me to present my musical composition to the whole school. Whilst sharing my composition, I could think from the artist’s perspective, and therefore could understand much better about the importance of giving credits to the artist and the seriousness of plagiarism.”
Tuesday Feb 27th
PYP 5 Student council members Prakruti Tongaonkar, Vrinda Vashisht, Aadi Takle led the PYP Assembly and explained what Digital Citizenship meant through a slide presentation. Aadi also shared how he displayed safety practices through the website he developed about his passion for Minecraft.
MYP 1B student Harshita Jinaga shared her slide presentation about Safety and Security Online and provided a few tips for everyone to follow.
Wednesday Feb 28th
PYP1-PYP 5 students reflected on online ethical behaviours and pledged to be good digital citizens (find out more here: Digital Citizenship Pledge).
Mr. Kushal Bharatia, our fantastic music teaching assistant shared some of his very own series of songs published under copyright or creative commons that you might like to listen to on Soundcloud: Love, Mehfooz Trailer Soundtrack, Tere Bina and The Confession.
Here are some of our MYP students grooving on the rhythm of the songs!
Thursday March 1st
The PYP 5 designed a poster about the various elements of digital citizenship according to Common Sense Education (Internet Safety Privacy & Security Relationships & Communication Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Digital Footprint & Reputation Self-image & Identity Information Literacy Creative Credit & Copyright).
MYP 2A, Priya Aswani, created a poster to raise awareness about cyberbullying, a topic she has been consistently passionate about since last academic year. Priya has also shared various other resources, including a video that was used for our Parent Webinar (access the archived webinar here) last January.
The PYP student council reflected about their experience
“Digital Citizenship Week was a chance to learn about online safety and awareness. We made a short presentation about safety and rules of the internet in last weeks assembly and we also had activities planned for each grade which the Student Council led. Some of us shared videos and websites to display how to model good digital citizenship, others made posters around the school to spread awareness against plagiarising and cyberbullying. In the end, the students reflected on how they were and how they could be good citizens in the digital world.”
We would like to thank the active participants of this event once again. They received a certificate of participation. Special thanks to the students who took a risk and shared their creation so generously. Remember to continue modelling best digital practices and to spread awareness to make a positive difference at MBIS and beyond!
Digital Citizenship Team: Arif Shaikh, Fanny Passeport, Isabel Martin.
Reference: ISTE 2016, ISTE Standards for Students, accessed 19 February 2018, <https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students