In 2012, The Manor ISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of close to 4,000 iPads for students and teachers in the District, in order to increase student engagement, enhance instruction, and develop 21st century skills. The Board has continued its commitment to the Manor ISD iPad initiative by nearly doubling the number of devices. With about 8,000 devices and roughly 8,600 students and growing, it is crucial that Manor ISD ensures its students learn the state mandated technology skills, but also become effective digital citizens through the District’s Digital Citizenship Campaign.
Manor ISD has adopted the resources from Common Sense Education to teach students digital literacy and citizenship skills and engage families in the process through a whole community approach. Common Sense is a national, non-profit organization that provides free resources to educators and advice to parents so that kids can harness the power of technology for learning and life.
Through a collaborative effort between the Guidance & Counseling, Student and Family Support Services, Communications, and Technology departments, Manor ISD aims to teach students how to effectively use technology that surrounds their daily lives in a proper and responsible way. Below is an overview of how Digital Citizenship is being taught to Manor ISD students as well as valuable resources to support parents and families to navigate a world full of technology.