What's our 'why'?
The computer is a powerful multifunctional tool that can support teaching, learning and the learner. It is a calculator, encyclopedia, camera, phone, book, stationery item and much more all in 1.
It is the tool of today and tomorrow and if we are preparing children to live meaningfully and responsibly in their world we need to play our part in educating students about this tool.
As a tool it has the power to increase engagement in student learning and optimise productivity, communication and connectivity whilst enhancing creativity, collaboration and innovation.
It has the ability to individualise instruction and personalise learning.
It supports our vision for the learner of connecting, challenging and empowering.
As a tool it enables students, families and teachers to access their learning anytime and anywhere.
It is an important tool in supporting our inquiry based approach to the curriculum.
It is an excellent communication tool that is quick and can be used effectively on many fronts, in many ways – home/school, student/teacher, student/parents.
It is a great way for adults to keep in touch with the learning of their child and ask informed questions.
In terms of empowerment it gives students a great platform within which to teach.
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.
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.
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