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NEW FOR 2017

Jacaranda Digital Citizenship
powered by CyberPass


Accredited by the Australian Children’s eSafety Commissioner,
it’s the complete online digital citizenship education tool for Years 6-8 students.

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Ensure student safety online.


Jacaranda Digital Citizenship powered by CyberPass is an online digital citizenship education tool that provides Years 6-8 students with the skills and knowledge to participate responsibly and safely in a digitally-enabled world.

Accredited by the Australian Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Jacaranda Digital Citizenship covers all areas of digital and media literacy as required by the curriculum, from cyber safety and cyber bullying, to researching, communicating, socialising and purchasing online.

Not convinced that digital citizenship education is important? Find out why your school needs it.
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Features


Immediate feedback and visibility into performance provide students, teachers and schools leaders with insights into potential knowledge gaps

Addresses ICT capability competencies as required by curriculum, from cyber safety and cyber bullying, to broader issues related to overall digital citizenship

Includes a variety of award-winning education resources (games, interactives, videos and checklists) and scenario-based questions

Enables students to easily and independently complete the program, inside or outside regular classroom hours, with minimal teacher involvement

Accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device from the secure JacarandaPLUS online portal; option to provide a login to parents

Delivers personalised learning to students based on identified gaps in knowledge and skills

Why choose Jacaranda Digital Citizenship powered by CyberPass?


  • For school leadership

    Enhance your brand and ensure student safety online, efficiently and effectively

    • Provides proof of “duty of care”
    • Leverages existing Jacaranda infrastructure and investment
    • Promotes proactive intervention of issues
    • Enables tracking of progress and results at an individual, class and/or school level

  • For teachers

    Help your students become savvy digital citizens, efficiently and effectively, so you can focus on your own learning area

    • Gives teachers confidence in their coverage of the ICT capability requirements (see how Jacaranda Digital Citizenship aligns with the curriculum)
    • Increases student engagement and makes learning more enjoyable
    • Saves time thanks to the development of skills necessary for classroom work and self-paced learning, which inspires student independence
    • Ensures the unique needs of students and classes are met
    • Helps identify gaps in student knowledge and facilitate intervention at the right time

  • For parents

    Keep your child(ren) safe online

    • Gives parents confidence that their children are developing the skills and knowledge needed to become savvy digital citizens
    • Provides flexibility to become involved in their child’s digital literacy education
    • Improves own digital citizenship knowledge and skills


Curriculum alignment


Digital citizenship (or digital literacy) education can be difficult to navigate for teachers and school leaders. The requirements can be ambiguous and varied so it’s not always clear what competencies students need to develop and how they should be addressed.

For example, let’s compare the Australian Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and NSW Australian curriculum. All include technology or ICT as a separate learning area, however, they differ in terms of their treatment as a general capability or skill that students are expected to develop across the learning areas.

Select a tab below to see how your curriculum treats the ICT capability.

  • Australian Curriculum

    In the Australian Curriculum (and formerly AusVELS), ICT is specifically called out as one of the seven General Capabilities that all students must learn. Teachers are expected to teach and assess general capabilities to the extent that they are incorporated within learning area content.

    The ICT Capability incorporates five interrelated elements in the learning continuum: applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT; investigating with ICT; creating with ICT, communicating with ICT and managing and operating with ICT.

  • Victorian Curriculum

    Compared to the Australian Curriculum, the Victorian Curriculum F-10 is much more general in its direction. ICT is no longer a General Capability. Rather, these skills are either specifically embedded in the content descriptions of Mathematics, Media Arts, Geography, English and Digital Technologies, or schools have the flexibility to determine how these skills will be used in their teaching and learning programs for other curriculum areas.

  • NSW Australian curriculum

    The NSW Australian curriculum echoes the need to integrate ICT across the curriculum but more clearly explains how teachers are expected to achieve this in their teaching and learning. For example, the syllabuses outline opportunities for students to locate, access and verify the integrity of data and information when investigating and researching, manage and operate ICT ethically and appropriately to investigate, create and communicate and evaluate interactions within a digital environment.

Still, no matter the curriculum, it’s clear that the requirements are open to interpretation by individual teachers. How can schools ensure that students are learning what they need in order to become proficient with ICT?

Jacaranda makes it easy. Jacaranda Digital Citizenship powered by CyberPass is very specific and deliberate in its coverage of the core elements of the ICT capability and addresses the following skills and knowledge that are applicable across all learning areas in each curriculum:

Applying social & ethical protocols Years 6 and 8 Investigating with ICT Years 6 and 8 Communicating with ICT Years 6 and 8 Managing and operating with ICT Years 6 and 8
Recognise intellectual property success Define and plan information searches success Collaborate, share and exchange success Select and use hardware and software success
Apply digital information security practices success Locate, generate and access data and information success Understand computer mediated communications success Understand ICT systems success
Apply personal security protocols success Select and evaluate data and information success Manage digital data success

Once a student has completed the course, teachers and school leaders can have confidence that they have not only fulfilled their duty of care to keep them safe, but satisfied the curriculum requirements as well.


Feature gallery


  • Quizzes

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship quizA mix of nine different types of interactive questions are used and all questions are relevant and provide easy to follow instructions

  • Activities

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship quiz
    A range of educational activities and games are provided relevant to each quiz.

  • Videos

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship quizVideos containing a mix of experts and young people describing their experiences online are provided relevant to each quiz

  • Checklists

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship - checklists
    Checklists contains each of the 90 skills required and the tips to help you achieve that skill

  • Feedback

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship - feedback
    Concise and easy to understand feedback is provided for each question response

  • Review

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship - reviewQuiz review screens (where students can see each question they answered) provide links to educational resources relevant to the question

  • Glossary

    Jacaranda Digital Citizenship - glossaryAn interactive glossary is available at all times for any technical terms that are not understood


Why is Digital Citizenship education important?


  • It's clear that students need it

    • Children don’t demarcate between their online/offline experiences
    • Children lack the personal/moral/social maturity that adults (generally) have and can apply to their use of technology
    • Children are faced with social situations online that they have no prior experiences of in their offline world
    • Children are facing situations (positive and negative) that their parents and teachers never experienced growing up

  • It's a part of a school's duty of care

    According to the Australian Government, Australian schools, families and communities all have a responsibility to provide safe online environments and teach children how to use technology in positive and productive ways.

  • It's required as part of the curriculum

    In the Australian Curriculum, ICT capability is one of the general capabilities that must be addressed through all learning areas. Teachers are expected to teach and assess general capabilities to the extent that they are incorporated within each learning area.

    In the Victorian Curriculum, the ICT general capability skills are either specifically embedded in select content descriptions (Mathematics, Media Arts, Geography, English and Digital Technologies) or schools have the flexibility to determine how these skills will be used in their teaching and learning programs for other curriculum areas.

    In the NSW curriculum, teachers are expected to teach students “to use ICT strategically to optimise their learning and promote opportunities through connectedness and digital media.” Teachers have flexibility when determining how to apply ICT in their classroom.


Pricing


Jacaranda Digital Citizenship powered by CyberPass is accredited by the Australian Children’s eSafety Commissioner so schools can claim the cost of institutional licenses as part of the Digital Literacy School Grants (DLSG) program, which aims to embed the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies through a whole of school approach.

Applications for first round funding are due by Friday 28 October 2016.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit https://www.education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg.

Schools
$10

Per student

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