DPAC – Promoting Digital Citizenship
The Gulf Islands Schools District Parents’ Advisory Committee, or DPAC, recently hosted Jesse Miller from the Cowichan area to lead student and parent workshops about digital literacy. DPAC worked with the Parent Advisory Committees (PAC) at Salt Spring Elementary (SSE) and Middle Schools (SIMS), as well as the Local Action Team which is funded by the Salt Spring Island Foundation.
The presentations focused on how technology and social media can be used as a tool, and on how important it is to be curious about our own use, and our families’ and friends’ use, to ensure that we are engaging with social media in as safe a way as possible. Jesse presented to students in grades 4 and 5 at SSE, and grades 6 and 8 at SIMS.
DPAC used technology to talk about technology. The parent workshop on digital citizenship was made available to PACs in across the Southern Gulf islands using an app called Zoom, thanks to the District tech support. The opportunity was engaging and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The DPAC and LAT hope to partner again for further education on the topic. Stay tuned!
You can learn more about BC’s Digital Literacy Framework and online safety at these links:
story: Jenny Redpath