DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

 
 

Digital technologies include all devices used to create, manipulate, transmit or store images, words, numbers, moving images, and sounds. This includes, but is not limited to, laptop computers, desktop computers, digital still and video cameras, mp3 recorders and players, scanners, printers, mobile phones, PDAs, memory devices, network infrastructure, and the Internet.

 

Our vision for digital and information literacies

Digital and information literacies engage with the DC vision (Grow. Discover. Dream.) to support: 

  • structured and purposeful inquiry 

  • investigating, creating, personalising, communicating, collaborating, and organising 

  • being responsible for their own learning 

  • digital citizenship 

  • developing and applying strategies for critical and creative thinking, making connections, and applying new understandings and skills in different contexts 

  • international mindedness 

  • authentic use of technology within learning and teaching 

  • embracing new opportunities where technology can enhance learning 

 

Privacy

Mobile devices and any devices with a camera are explicitly banned from any area of the school where privacy may be of concern, for example, changing rooms and toilets.

 

Laptop and computer access

  • Students in Years 1-5 will access iPads and laptop and desktop computers provided by the College when required 

  • Students in Year 6 and above will use one-to-one computing 

  • We highly recommend you buy a USB backup drive of at least 1TB to protect your child’s work 

  • Students may be asked to help develop and sign essential agreements that are year level specific about when and how laptops are used 

1:1 Laptop purchase 

All students enrolling at Discovery College in Year 6 or above are required to purchase a Chromebook (or if parents wish, an Apple Macbook). This includes our current Year 5 students who will be moving into Year 6 next school year and our newly enrolled Year 6-13s. 

 

Chromebooks can be ordered via the school. The Y5 parents receive an eNotice during Term 3 indicating how to make this purchase should they wish to purchase via the school.

 

Digital Technologies Responsible Use Agreement

 

Discovery College values the use of technology and encourages its use in creative ways to support student learning in safe and secure real-world and online environments. To ensure this occurs, the College community needs to be clear as to what is regarded as responsible use. These rules apply to any device, including iPads, iPods, laptops, mobiles and smartphones, mp3 players, gaming devices, digital cameras, etc. When bringing any digital device into the College or on school outings, students will abide by this agreement. 

 

Year 10+ 

I will keep myself safe… 

  • I will be protective of my personal information, security, and privacy and cultivate a positive online presence, e.g. password protection, social network sharing, and personal data. 

  • I value my online reputation and those of others so I will be mindful of the content I post online about my friends and myself. 

  • I will inform a trusted adult of any inappropriate contact after blocking or taking appropriate immediate action. 

 

I will think first… 

  • I recognise that information in all media has different ratings for different ages and I need to be mindful of what is really appropriate for me. 

  • I value the reliability, authority, and purpose of information and know-how to recognise the validity of the information. 

  • I value my computer working at its greatest efficiency therefore I will be mindful of what, and the amount, I download or install on it. 

 

I will be a good digital citizen… 

  • I value personal relationships and the emotional wellbeing of others so I will refrain from harming another person through defamation, bullying, harassment, embarrassment, discrimination, and exclusion. 

  • I have integrity so I will use technology ethically and responsibly. 

  • I agree to respect other peoples’ work by not presenting it as my own. 

  • I will be upstanding in times when others are suffering negative online experiences such as cyberbullying. 

 

I will keep a healthy balance… 

  • I value having a balance in my life and will be mindful of the healthy use of technology. 

  • I value the trust of my parents, therefore I will gain and maintain their trust by demonstrating appropriate access to digital media. 

  • I will save playing games and social online talk to times outside of my learning time and in the appropriate/designated spaces. 

 

Years 6-9 

I will keep myself safe… 

  • I will get the permission of a trusted adult before giving out any personal information about myself, like my age, last name, address, or phone number. 

  • I will seek a trusted adult’s permission before I meet someone in person that I’ve only met online. 

  • I will not put myself at risk by taking and posting or sending photos of a sexual or inappropriate nature. 

  • I will set privacy controls and discuss with trusted adults when I want to create a social networking profile. 

  • I will block and report to a trusted adult, inappropriate messages that I receive from others. 

  • I will tell a trusted adult if anything happens online that makes me feel uncomfortable and/or harassed. 

  • I will not share my passwords with anyone other than a trusted adult. 

 

I will think first… 

  • I understand that not all TV shows, movies, games, music and websites are right for me. I will talk to a trusted adult and come up with rules that are suitable for me. 

  • I will follow rules about ratings, in whatever environment I may be in at the time (school, home, country). 

  • I agree to not download anything illegal, inappropriate or that will damage my reputation. 

  • I know that not everything I read or see is true, and I will think about whether a source is credible. 

  • I agree not to download anything or fill out surveys without a trusted adult’s permission. 

  • I will not put anything online that I don’t want everyone now and in the future seeing. 

  • I will save playing games and social online talk to times outside of school except for officially designated times and places. 

  • I will respect other people’s property. 

 

I will be a good digital citizen… 

  • I agree not to bully anyone online or on my mobile/smart phone by taking and sending pictures or sharing videos, spreading gossip, setting up fake profiles or saying cruel/ inappropriate things about people. 

  • I agree to respect the creative work of others by not: using cracked software, pirated music or movies and using copyrighted materials. 

  • I agree to respect other people’s work by not presenting it as my own. 

  • I will let my friends, family and teachers control their own digital footprints by not posting videos, photos or information about them without seeking their permission first 

 

I will keep a healthy balance… 

  • Even though I love technology, there are other things in my life that I’m interested in. So, I will set time limits that are healthy and realistic and then I will follow them. 

  • I understand that adults value my safety above everything else, so I will try to help them understand why technology is so important to me. 

 

Years 1-5 

  • I will not share my password with anyone other than a trusted adult. 

  • I will not give out any personal information, including my birthday, last name, address, school, picture, or phone number. 

  • I will not upload or download photos or videos, or fill out surveys, without a trusted adults’ permission. 

  • I will not meet someone in person whom I’ve met online without my parents’ permission. 

  • I will tell a trusted adult if anything happens online that makes me feel upset, sad, or not safe. 

 

I will think first… 

  • I will make smart decisions about what I watch, play, and send, and will ask a trusted adult if I’m not sure what’s appropriate. 

  • I will follow the rules my family and school have about ratings. 

  • I will respect other people’s property. 

 

I will be a good digital citizen… 

  • I will not bully anyone online or on my mobile phone by sending pictures, sharing videos, spreading gossip, setting up fake profiles, or saying cruel things about people. 

  • I agree not to use technology to cheat in games or on schoolwork. 

  • I agree to tell a trusted adult if I see something that is inappropriate online or on my phone. 

  • I will respect other people’s privacy and creativity. 

 

I will keep a healthy balance… 

  • I understand adults set time limits for online use that make sense for me so that I keep a balanced lifestyle, and then I will follow them. 

Guidelines

Discovery College will monitor user data and internet access and check the contents of any electronic device brought onto the College premises or on any official College event, including emails and the school’s Google Domain. Curriculum use of the network and computer resources takes precedence over non-curriculum use including games not related to classwork. 

 

This agreement covers (but is not limited to) the use of electronic devices owned by the College and by students that are brought onto College premises, or on excursions, camps, or other official school functions including computers, laptops, storage devices, digital video, and music players, cameras, other recording devices, mobile phones, and organisers. 

 

Discovery College reserves the right to ensure all student laptops have sufficient space to support learning activities. This may include the College deleting non-essential games, music, and video files. Under no circumstance should a student alter their correct email names. The DC Mail is an important part of school life that requires formal standards to be upheld in communications in or out of school.

 

Audit of electronic devices and services

The College reserves the right to audit and use auditing software on any electronic devices brought onto the College premises or on official school events offsite by students. This is either done randomly or as a result of a teacher's request. If breaches to the above agreement are found, depending on the age level, either the PYP, MYP, or DP administration is informed, and the sanctions below may be applied.

 

The school email domain (@dc.edu.hk) is an organisational workspace provided to students and staff for professional/learning-related purposes. While it may be used for personal correspondence, users should not regard their school email addresses as private - email traffic is visible to school administrators and the school uses keyword monitoring to identify emails that may contain problematic content, so as to keep members of our community safe.

All school email addresses (@dc.edu.hk) must show the correct display name (first name. surname) and not include any emojis.

 

Restorative practices and responsible use

Where possible a restorative approach will be used to understand and address the needs of any victim and help the wrongdoer understand the impact of their actions on others. This may involve conferences with other students, staff, and parents. In addition to this, other consequences may be implemented.

 

Consequences

For violations of the agreement above, possible consequences include: 

  • confiscation of the device for a defined period; 

  • withdrawal of privileges including online access for breaches of online policy;

  • withdrawal of the right to bring or use electronic devices to the College or to College activities; 

  • community work for the College outside school hours; 

  • payment for the cost of repairs.

 

For serious breaches of rules: 

  • suspension or expulsion; 

  • law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Year 6 laptop programme introduction - Clickeratti Kids

In order to develop a strong understanding of the key expectations in the Responsible Use Agreement, students in Year 6 participate in a yearlong inquiry class led by the Digital Literacies Coordinator. The aim of this inquiry is to help the Year 6 students transition into Year 7 and MYP with a sound understanding of appropriate, independent use of their new laptops and also to develop a digital portfolio format they can continue to use in subsequent years. The program specifically inquires into what it looks like to be a good digital citizen in today’s learning environment, utilising their new laptops and other mobile technologies in a positive manner. Elements that are explored in-depth include online safety and security, communication methods, the DC Responsible Use Agreement, design and layout features for good digital portfolios, and skills needed to create their own digital portfolio based on inquiry findings. 

For more information about the Digital Literacies and Laptop Programme please visit HERE

 

Digital citizenship education

DC provides infused learning opportunities related to online safety and security when using digital technologies. Key resources that are used to highlight elements of digital citizenship include the use of ‘Hector’s World’ (www.hectorsworld.com) with students Years 3-6, which is an online learning environment that aims to educate through the use of child-orientated interests and tools. At MYP level, developing positive digital citizenship involves ‘just in time’ education; for example, a project requiring music for a presentation can also involve a session investigating issues surrounding pirating music, video, etc. 

 

The College is committed to strengthening the partnership between home and school by offering presentations and workshops related to online safety and security. The aim is to form positive digital citizenship expectations that are consistent between home and school, with parents and the school keeping each other informed about current positive and negative online trends to be aware of.