Digital Literacy Strategy

Planning for our Online Future

New Brunswick’s comprehensive talent strategy looks at both tomorrow and the long-term when planning for our online future.

Our K-12 strategy is focused on developing our talent pipeline for jobs of the future. There are many facets of this strategy, including our partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) as well as the Information Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada. Together we are making a difference and creating a more digital literate workforce for the future.

The advancements we have made in our K-12 system are paramount to developing our future digital citizens.

As a part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our newest initiative is the introduction of Middle School curriculum that teaches online safety. To help reinforce the messaging students receive in-class, a graphic novel summarizes what they have learned and gives visual representation to our latest teaching aid, Cybear. As a New Brunswick Black Bear, Cybear goes about her days in the normal fashion. However, when she is summoned to protect her cubs, she becomes a unique super-hero with the ability to cloak the students to stop time to give them time to stop, pause and reflect about what they are about to do online.

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New Brunswick is committed to producing the most digitally literate graduates in Canada in an effort to position the province as a global leader in the digital age. In order to address this aspirational goal, the development of a K-12 digital literacy strategy is underway, including the development of related learning standards and grade by grade targeted outcomes. Cybersecurity will be a foundational thread in this strategy.

The strategy will also include identifying learning activities that are relevant to and engage students, such as the CyberTitan Program. Ensuring students have personal awareness of cybersecurity threats as well as knowledge that will show them how to protect themselves will be integral to the strategy.

Ensuring students are aware of careers opportunities in cybersecurity and providing them with the necessary skills and competencies to be successful in moving forward in this regard will also be foundational to the success of the digital literacy strategy. We leverage partnerships and opportunities to provide the greatest learning opportunities for our students. One example is leveraging the Blue Spurs IoT Kits.

Knowing and understanding that our post-secondary institutions as well as our workforce are fed by the province’s K-12 system, it is equally imperative that leaders within the K-12 system are also fully engaged in the province’s cybersecurity agenda. Unlike many workforce development and training plans CyberSmart places a significant focus on the K-12 system in New Brunswick.

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The rationale is clear. When our youth enter this sector they need to be made aware of the opportunities, positively engaged and actively supported during their learning journey, and imparted with the competencies and skills required for their success. Industry recognition of these imperatives and active support in the design and execution of education programs related to cybersecurity is a prerequisite for success.

Success in our K-12 strategy is only possible through the collaboration and close working relationship that we have with the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD). Our commitment to collaboration is so strong that we signed an MOU with EECD to formalize our work plans and establish defined outcomes.

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