To be recognized as a Common Sense Certified School in Digital Citizenship, schools must create an implementation plan that includes a digital citizenship vision, a professional development plan for staff, a plan to engage students in digital citizenship lessons, and a communication outreach strategy that provides resources on digital citizenship for students and families. During the 2015-16 school year, only 25 schools in Indiana received the Digital Citizenship Certification.
“Our students are immersed in the world of digital media and technology on a daily basis whether it is at school or at home” said Cherry Tree Elementary Principal, Chris Atkinson. “We believe that by preparing our students to use technology in a safe, respectful and responsible manner, we are providing them with a foundation that will enhance future learning and opportunities.”
In the Fall of 2016, Carmel Clay Schools collaborated with the Indiana Department of Education to celebrate Indiana’s first Digital Citizenship Week. Throughout the week, the district provided resources such as interactive videos and lesson plans to educate K-12 students and families on how to make safe, smart and ethical decisions in the digital world.
“Creating a community of responsible digital citizens is a team effort and we applaud the staff, students and families who have contributed in Cherry Tree Elementary being named a Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Dr. Nicholas D. Wahl, Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools. “We look forward to continuing to transform teaching by utilizing the power of technology to help drive continuous improvement while empowering students to become responsible, engaged and contributing digital citizens.”
Cherry Tree Elementary’s Digital Citizenship Vision:
That all students would experience excellence, explore opportunities, and realize their potential through being digital citizens who protect private information, respect themselves and others, stay safe online, stand up to cyberbullying and balance their time.