For the final project I worked collaboratively with a group of Coetailers living and working in Bahrain, @jungej14, @, @, as well as a collegue from my own school in the UAE @k_dao1. We chose to do Option One and create a Responsible Use Agreement for a PYP school. Since we are all working in IB schools it seemed like a no-brainer to work on something that may prove to be useful moving forward.
Currently, my school has a draft Responsible Use Agreement, but nothing has been finalized. We took that document, along with resources from other similar schools, and the documents they were using in Bahrain to complete a Responsible Use Agreement that we feel reflects the attitudes and philosophy of the PYP program.
We collaborated using Google + and Google chat bubbles in the actual document so it was quite easy and went very well. At first, we went back and forth about how we should divide each section of the document. We wanted to make a set of guidelines that would align with the expectations of a responsible citizen and student. Something that could be used as a teaching tool in the classroom, as well as a contract for technology usage.
We decided to use the PYP Learner Profile attributes as our guide for each section of the agreement. We also decided, in the same vein, to re-name it as the Digital Citizenship Agreement. That way, it will flow with the overall attitudes and expectations of the school.
Along with the agreement, we would intend for teachers to receive a document in support. This document would be a teaching tool for introducing the Digital Citizenship Agreement. It would include links to useful websites and videos, along with lesson plans to help relate each part of the agreement to the class. We hope that going a little more in-depth with the guidelines of the agreement would allow students to come to an even greater understanding and ultimately become more thoughtful users of technology.
Below is a document that was created by Coetailer Randi Wilkinson in support of our Digital Citizenship Agreement. I adapted to it slightly so it applies to my school, but it’s full of great ideas for introducing the components of the agreement. It’s a work in progress and designed to be a collaboration tool for PYP teachers looking to share resources for teaching Digital Citizenship.