Posts from the ‘Digital citizenship’ Category

Digital Citizenship

A guest post by Damian Wanstall (@wanstad73)**                                                        


Have you ever used the internet to comment on what you see online, share information about yourself or others, communicate with friends, play games, get material for an assignment or buy stuff online? If you answered YES to any of these then you are a digital citizen.

There is a wealth of information and resources – international, parent focussed and other useful sites – available to us as educators in the area of Digital Citizenship. 

 The Digital Citizenship website, which has been produced by CLI for the DER-NSW program brings together a comprehensive range of lessons, educational games, videos, as well as links to other useful sites, advice and assistance with teacher professional learning. Its focus is educating young people to be positive contributors in an online world, with an intended Year 10 audience. Parents and carers can also learn how they can support the positive use of social media by their children at home.


The best way to find out more about this program is to explore the website. A further set of websites have been tagged for those who may be interested in preparing a more focussed program within their school.

What courses, learning and policies are in place at your school to assist students and staff manage their digital footprints? Do they have students ‘practising’ good digital citizenship? What can you share here?

**Damian is a Learning Design Officer with the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre. Damian has been a Mathematics educator for over 13 years and has a keen interest in improving teacher practice and the role of technology in enhancing teaching and learning.


Dapto High is now an Authorised Certiport Centre

I do not usually write specifically about the school where I work, at our blog, but thought this may be of interest to DPs keen to improve student and staff skills, with Adobe and Microsoft tools, in a very concrete way.

Dapto High School is now an officially Authorised Certiport Centre, offering students and our wider community the opportunity to further develop skills using Adobe and Microsoft software.

The certification offered includes the following qualifications:

Click on the above links to find out more about each.

How does it work?

Staff and students are able to run software in ‘tutorial mode’ for selected Microsoft products and Adobe Flash, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. This provides candidates with feedback about areas for development. When the students feels they are ready to ‘sit the test’ they have approximately 50 minutes to attempt to gain the official certification.


Certiport are correct when they say, “in an increasingly competitive work world, employers need more than familiar users of digital communications technology — they need proficient users.”

Students and staff have a good opportunity to develop skills using this system to gain further qualifications.

Maybe your school should consider it?

Cybersafety and Digital Footprints


If you are looking for some inspiration and resources for cybersafety, from Year 7 -12, I highly recommend Jenny Luca‘s presentations here.

Jenny is the Head of Information Services at Toorak College, Mt.Eliza. She is @jennyluca on twitter, which she uses regularly to share and network with colleagues, nationally and internationally. I admire her work and ethos greatly!

The complex issue of cybersafety, digital footprints and citizenship is already an urgent, vexing educational challenge for schools. If you wish to know more about ‘data-mining’ check this post out to look at ‘how the internet sees you’.

What courses, learning and policies are in place at your school to assist students and staff manage their digital footprints? What can you share here?

Top 100 Tools for Learning

Looking for tools to assist teachers to stay up to date and connect online?

Jane Hart, using the input of learning professionals from around the globe, compiles a list of the top tools for learning each year. Jane is the CEO of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies based in the UK. I suggest you organise an RSS feed from her Pick of the Day blog to keep up to date with new online tools. There’s also a guide to social media at her site.

Here’s the 2009 list:

The emerging list for 2010 has twitter way out in front.

You can follow Jane on twitter and there is a Facebook page too. Finally, here’s her list of 100 featured learning professionals you can connect with online.

TED: Ideas worth spreading

Many of you know about TED: Ideas worth spreading and have watched videos online or at conferences. This is a site that teachers and students should know about too, especially due to the diverse range of ideas discussed.

The most recent talk posted at the site has ideas important to the nature of a successful democratic society. Michael Sandel‘s talk, ‘The Lost Art of Democratic Debate’ has a duration of just under 20 minutes and I recommend you watch it right to the end (I minimise and listen) where he briefly talks about his idea for a ‘global classroom’ (after the applause).

I especially recommend this talk to golf fans!

His webpage is here.

How to use the ‘Conference Ning’

The neverending stream of silly names for excellent online tools peaks, for many of us, with the word ‘ning’. However, do not be fooled, a ning is an excellent tool for collaboration, especially for a conference delegate.

At this particular style of social networking site delegates are able to interact before, during and after the conference. Each delegate has their own page at the ning but the key features are the ‘forums’ for discussion and the ‘events’, which are, in our case, the keynotes, workshops and sessions. Presenters are able to upload their presentation materials, which is particularly useful for when you have multiple workshops you wish to attend at the same time. Photos and video can also be uploaded by delegates.

Discussions at the ning tend to help delegates interact with colleagues after the event and lead to great sharing and collaboration. For me personally, the conferences with a ning and many delegates using twitter to network, have been particularly stimulating in recent years. It has led to enhanced professional networking and friendships.

If you are attending the conference, sign-up for the ning here. There is also the link from our website. It is good to upload a picture and post a message after you do this but don’t worry too much about spending any time until closer to the conference. It is important that you recognise this is a experiment for 2010, lets see how it goes and we’ll evaluate formally.

In an attempt to ensure that we use all the functionality of a ‘ning’, I have purchased a new book for my Kindle to learn more about administering this tool. Tips, hints and any action at the ning will be drawn to your attention via newsletters, email or the blog. Other posts to support our use of the Conference Ning will follow.

Has anyone had experience with using a ning? Please help out and tell us about the challenges and advantages.

DPs blogging


It is with pleasure that I link to our colleague Michelle Sapsed’s first blog, Technology for school leaders on ‘p’ plates – for those who dream of being tech savvy 

I am hoping that more DP blogs will appear on the right hand side of our association blogroll.

Why don’t you post a comment here and/or at her blog to show support.

Enjoy the term 2 everyone!