Digital Citizenship and Indigenous Pedagogy

The above image come from: H.O.M.E They are an amazing Aboriginal Education team, with an incredible project.

We are teaching students to know themselves, their strengths and needs, use these within Family, (including understanding the language and functions of team), and moving them forward to the Community to make positive connections and changes. However, we are doing all of this work in a cultural way. Teaching, learning and facilitating work that reflects the pedagogy of our Aboriginal peoples and our non Aboriginal peoples. When we discussed how this looks in a variety of situations we came up with many different aspects, but one thing we could all agree on is story. Teaching and learning through a narrative has long lasting results that stick with the learner and allow their minds to make sense of the material at a different level. So throughout the lessons, and at the end of each area the students will be telling the story of “Me” then the story of “Family” and finally the story of “Community”. How these stories are being told will differ widely depending on the learners involved. But in many of these cases it will be digitally acceable, and in all of these cases they will be using internet resources and platforms. So because we all agreed on a story format we wanted to create a format that reflected the idea that “..all that we are is  story.” It is up to us as individuals, teams and systems to determine how and when to share these stories. So we are using the First People’s Principles of Learning and a vartiety of Digital Citizenship materials to design a hybrid with out students.

Here’s how we are incorporating the two:



The first image comes from The First People’s Principles of  Learning, the second is a creation of SD43 who have outlined their ideas of Digital Citizenship. Their ideas are well articulated and come with a variety of links to the “why” and “what” of Digitial Citezenship, (and because I love it I wanted to give them a shout out.) We are looking as a team to cross reference the roles and responsibilities of Digital Citezenship with the First People’s Principles of learning. The exciting part is, we are in partnership with students.

Right away our student’s recognized the Principle that “Learning involves understanding the consequences of one’s actions”, and the “Rights and Responsibilities” piece.

We are currently generating the full lesson as an Education Camp in class.