Developing Positive Digital Character
At College we have introduced a number of sector-leading initiatives to ensure that our pupils leave College ready to become a positive part of this future.
We are in the digital age. It is now almost certain that many of our pupils will in future be actively involved in leading new digital initiatives or online organisations. By developing their intellectual and moral tools in relation to digital, students will be encouraged to shape, define and reimagine the world we live in. They will be ready to take a lead role in transforming how we think with regards to the increasingly technological society in which we live.
The initiatives that have been introduced at College are all designed to support pupils to embrace these opportunities and to develop positive digital character. Digital character is more than just online skills and literacy. It is the development of intellectual and moral virtues that allow our pupils to become positive digital citizens. This goes further than simply being able to use technology (or take a digital-detox) but equips young people with the ability to make good choices in an online environment, as well as an awareness of the connected ethical issues.
Rebecca Mace, currently undertaking a PHD at UCL, has been appointed as College’s Digital Character Lead. Rebecca will be working with pupils, parents and staff on the development of digital character at College through various initiatives including pupil-led projects, pupil-staff workshops, parent papers and talks.