Whangaparaoa has had an excellent start to our e-Learning journey. We have had over a 90% take-up rate for devices in Years 3 to 6 and almost everybody
was up, logged on and using by the end of the week! The smoothness of this operation is unprecedented in a school of our size.
As part of our ORCA values system we have decided to align our e-Learning Student Contract within these same guidelines. A copy of the new contract can
be seen below.
Teachers have also been doing our own homework, upskilling ourselves on how to make class blogs to inform parents about what is happening with our classroom learning from week to week. You can check your child’s room from the school website here:
A few classes have already decided to take the next step of creating their own student Blogs or Websites to document their learning. If this is your
child’s class you will be receiving a letter shortly requesting that your child be allowed to access their school email account to make teacher
/ student / home communications much more effective for students learning.
Here are some examples of our Classroom Blog pages;
As part of our development for going down the e-Learning path, we have put in as many safeguards as we feel are necessary to keep our students safe online while at school. Teachers have a program called Hapara, which is used in many schools, which enables teachers to monitor students devices in real time, as well as being able to direct them to, or from, websites and pages on the world wide web as well as supporting learning options.
The main weapons in our arsenal however are vigilance, and creating CyberSmart students through a culture of sensible use and respect of their device as a tool for learning.
For many parents, children with devices may not be a new phenomenon, but there are some simple steps that you can take to help keep your children safe on devices when they are being used at home, such as;
- Devices are used in a communal space, like a lounge or kitchen table
- Ask, politely, to see what your child is working on “for their learning”
- Create a Supervised Account to use at home for your child’s device / home network
- Talk to your child about what is appropriate / inappropriate material
- Discuss an ‘action plan’ with your child so they feel safe to talk to you if they accidentally access, or feel unsure about anything they witness online.
- Use the parental controls to increase protections eg; set Youtube restrictions on devices to “On”
- Speak to your network provider about filtering options for creating a safer home network
Here is a page from the NetSafe website. It has some good ideas about keeping our children safe online. You may want to watch or read, and have some discussions with your child/ren around any relevant issues raised on there. This page may be a useful tool for children and adults alike.
NetSafe Page link - http://www.mylgp.org.nz/
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