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Policy Plan Critique
Your school most likely has a series of policies in place that impact
digital citizenship; however now is your opportunity to explore how
things could be different. Using the nine elements of digital
citizenship as your framework; you will be given a choice of one of
several policies from other jurisdictions.
Your job is to critique and analyze the effectiveness of these policies
in light of your own school’s position around digital citizenship. The
critique should not just look at what cannot be done (as per the policy
you are analyzing), but what about the policy encourages student and
school growth in relation the element/issue selected.
What is a policy manual?
Policy manuals outline the policies and procedures of an
organization. Policies are the rules and principles that govern the
organization and are written as mandatory statements of fact. Policies
guide and determine present and future decisions with an organization.
Procedures on the other hand are the enactment of policy. These are
step-by-step or how to instructions used to get something accomplished
in a specific way. Procedures are found within policy manuals when you
need to ensure a consistent and repetitive approach to an action. Policy
manuals also often include guidelines, or suggested alternative ways of
doing things. guidelines are established to achieve a particular
outcome, but are more flexible than procedures. Guidelines allow for the
application of more professional judgement on the side of the manual
user. Finally a manual may include practices, these are similar to
guidelines but are based on research, in essence these are examples of
policy in action. They suggest the best way for doing something, but
they cannot be enforced.
What if your jurisdiction has NO policies – then you
look at RIBBLE and one of the policies that you have read in this
assignment (links are below) AND CREATE what you think should BE in your
school or district polity 😉 if you were asked to write the policy what
would it include?
Take a look at the policy manuals below to critique:
https://education.alberta.ca/media/3227621/digital-citizenship-policy-development-guide.pdf
As reference (policy manual for my district): https://www.gov.nl.ca/education/files/k12_safeandcaring_procedure_5.pdf
REQUIREMENTS:
Between 5-6 pages long MAX, times new roman, 12pt font (double spaced)
Cover page and appendices are not included in page count
In at least 1 appendix, show a current policy document relating to digital citizenship from your school/district/board, if one exists otherwise you are creating what should be included in such a policy were you to write it
Your paper should be organized and logical and include a clear
introduction and background – the full paper is will use APA throughout
It should include a choice of the nine elements of digital citizenship as your framework (you can pick one or more up to the 9)
Ask yourself – How does the policy you are examining treat the
elements you have chosen to work with? Are they lacking? Would they
work in your school? Why? Why not?
It should have a Conclusion and Final Thoughts.
The Reference LIST must use APA
Address either the global or departmental handling of one of the 9 elements of digital citizenship.
How do I start?
Never written a critical analysis before? Ideas (and questions) to consider…
The terms ‘critical analysis’ and ‘critical thinking’ are sometimes
used interchangeably. The term ‘critical practice’ includes the ideas of
reflection on practice, for example on workplace experience, as well as
ideas of analysis of theoretical material.
Despite differences in discourse, teachers agree in a number of
areas. In reflecting on the meaning of critical practice and the
processes students need to go through in producing critical work,
teachers repeatedly highlighted areas of agreement:
Students need to make links both with the data, such as between
theory and practice (or case study), and beyond the particular subject
being studied to other subjects and other knowledge (what is the current situation of digital citizenship policy in your school/district/Board)?
Students need to situate themselves and take a position in relation
to the theory, discourse and issues being discussed then justify the
position taken (What is your opinion, based on your research about digital citizenship policy, or lack thereof in your teaching world)?
Students are expected to uncover the discourse of the subject through
immersion in reading and thought, to understand the wide debates in the
field and to critically examine the implicit and explicit issues
central to the subject/discipline. (What would you propose to be a
solution to this situation? and how might it be a positive or negative
in the fixing of the problems)?
(Source: https://www.uws.edu.au/hall/hall/critical_thinking/how_to_develop_critical_thinking_skills)
RUBRIC:
Ideas & Content
1 – Critique missing elements or lacks insight, depth or is
superficial. Show little understanding of the impact of policy on
activities.
2 – Critique shows some insight, depth & is connected with local context or activity. Critique shows some understanding of the nine elements
3 – Critique shows insight & depth. The content of
policy is well connected with context and illustrates good knowledge of
stakeholder concerns.
4 – Critique shows insight & depth. The content of
policy is well connected with context and illustrates excellent
knowledge of stakeholder concerns.
5 – Critique shows a high level of understanding related to activities and processes, to the purpose of the activity and outcomes.
Quality & Technical Writing skills
1 – Critique is poor quality. There is little to no
evidence of reading other information in order to form new meaning of
the topics at-hand.
2 – Critique is average, overly casual writing with a lack of attention to style.
3 – Students pay little attention to other reading and mostly regurgitates previous views.
4 – Critique shows above average writing style. The
content demonstrates that the student reads moderately, and attempts to
build information to form new meaning.
5 – Critique is well-written, and is characterized by
elements of a strong writing style. The content demonstrates that the
student is well read, synthesizes learned content and constructs new
meaning.
Context
1 – Critique does not illustrate a clear understanding of current policy/application of policy in students context
2 – Critique illustrates a good evaluation of what does and doesn’t work in current policies and practices.
3 – Critique illustrates excellent evaluation of what does and doesn’t work in current policies and practices.
4 – Critique illustrates excellent evaluation of what
does and doesn’t work in current policies and practices and serves as an
insightful response.

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