Abstract



Technological innovations are reshaping the way we learn, live and work at such an alarming rate, that the only constant is change itself. Imagine the possibilities that technology can offer in order to future proof our children. Our students today belong to a generation of digital natives who are constantly connected. According to Marc Prensky* (2001b), “… today’s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors.” They are “digital natives,” born into the digital age. These digital natives have fundamentally different expectations of access and interactions with technology.‘


The implications of these changes are profound but one thing is clear - education must equip our students with the necessary competencies to be more discerning with information and be able to make well informed decisions within the peripheral of sound moral values. School of Science and Technology (SST) students have full access to computing devices and materials online. This translates to a relatively higher proportion of students' time in interaction with computing devices and online activities. In this light, SST places a premium on its Digital Citizenship Programme in educating students to upkeep their well-being in the cyber-environment. SST believes that a more holistic approach undergird by the SST-STAR Principle** that involves parents, educators and students is imperative to the development of the digital natives.


In this presentation, we will share with participants how the term “digital citizenship” is redefined in the SST context of Character Citizenship Education. This will explain the holistic approach that the school adopts for her Digital Citizenship Programme, its programming and how stakeholders are engaged at varying levels. In addition, we will also share how we attempt to understand the culture of today’s students and weave these considerations into the digital citizenship programme.* Marc Prensky in ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’**

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