This year is the first year that all students from year 5 to 12 have personal net books for use inside and outside school hours. We have become a true 1:1 school, in which every student has access to a computer. As well as interactive learning objects and the ability to communicate, research and store resources and student work, students have the opportunity to create a variety of products that demonstrate their learning. Some of our teachers have made the most of this opportunity, offering online resources and class blogs.
If your student is away from school for any reason, they have the ability to access some of their teacher’s work requirements online. Even if your child is at school, you can access the blogs to find out what work is going on in the classroom and what homework may be required. You can find some links to teacher’s blogs in the blogroll to the right of this post.
Many students have been using their net books to access social networking sites, such as Facebook, MSN, MySpace, Skype and others. The school encourages safe and appropriate use of the internet and reminds students of the agreement they signed at the beginning of their net book lease. Cyber-safety and online etiquette are important skills that students need to be mindful of at all times when using social networking sites.
Some teachers are using Facebook with senior students to model appropriate behaviour and the school has a Facebook page that has posts about school events, reminders and student achievements. We would like students to behave online as they would in a public place, and not post anything that they wouldn’t like to see on the front page of the Standard. To encourage students to think carefully about their online behaviour and the digital footprint that they leave, whenever they post online we are planning a competition for students from year 5 to 9 that will include creative writing, multimedia production, music and artwork.
“What my Digital Footprint says about me” is the theme for the competition, which has the following categories for each age group (Year 5&6; Year 7&8 and Year 9&10):
- Writing (short story, poetry or essay up to 1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of appropriate online behaviour)
- Music (write song lyrics or a rap) about the effects of inappropriate use of online social networking.
- Graphic Design and Art (Create an A3 advertisement that encourages appropriate online behaviour)
- Multimedia (Video, Photo-story or animation up to 3 minutes that shows the consequences of inappropriate online behaviour)
Prizes include iTunes gift vouchers and iPod accessories donated by “IT Made Simple”. Look out for more information at the beginning of next semester.