Digital Citizenship

A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace.

Digital Citizenship at Arahoe School

An integral component of our eLearning at Arahoe School is the clear and consistent plan for the explicit teaching of Digital Citizenship. As we become more and more connected as a community through the internet and devices, we need to work together to ensure the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of all ākonga .

The staff at Arahoe School are committed to:

  • engaging in the use of new or different eLearning tools to raise student achievement
  • exploring the potential of student-led learning (through Seesaw and Google)
  • experimenting with new ways to share our teaching practice with our community

Digital citizenship combines the confident use of:

  • skills and strategies to access technology to communicate, connect, collaborate, and create
  • attitudes, underpinned by values that support personal integrity and positive connection with others
  • understanding and knowledge of the digital environments and contexts in which they are working, and how they integrate on/offline spaces.

And then, critically, for students to have the ability to draw on this competency of "digital fluency" to participate in life-enhancing opportunities (social, economic, cultural, civil) and achieve their goals in ways that make an important difference.

Source: Netsafe NZ - Digital Citizenship in Schools

Student-Led Digital Citizenship

In 2018, the Student Council collaborated on a Mana Plan for Digital Citizenship at Arahoe School.

The Mana Plan is based on the school's participation in the Te Ara Whakamana pilot programme and corresponds to our school values. In the papatuanuku section, students identified people, places, values, treasures, groups and pastoral care actions that link to eLearning at school. On the top half of the plan, they matched different online behaviours with the corresponding emotion.

This student-created plan forms the cornerstone of the values, expectations and learning experiences that explicitly teach Digital Citizenship at Arahoe School.

Digital Citizenship at Home

Our partnerships with our parent and caregiver community are important to us. With more and more of our learning being made available through devices, our consistency of care and support for students as Digital Citizens becomes increasingly important.

Netsafe NZ and Common Sense both have parent portals that support safer online and digital use at home. They provide up to date information and tips for setting expectations and boundaries with children and teenagers.

Seesaw Digital Portfolios

In 2016, Arahoe School began a trial of Seesaw. The purpose of the trial was to explore the potential of eLearning as a tool for students to document and share their learning. This was a shift away from teacher led blogs, that recorded and reported learning. As of 2017, Seesaw is being used school wide as part of our move towards greater student agency in the classroom.

Seesaw's Mission Statement:

  • Empowering students to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on their progress over time.
  • Giving students tools to show what they know in the way that works best for them.
  • Inspiring students to try their best by providing an audience for their work beyond the classroom.
  • Creating a meaningful home-school connection so families can better support their child's learning.

If you have any questions, please see your classroom teacher or explore the Seesaw Help Center > Families .