Semester 1 – Seminar 4
Safe use of technology to support learning:
In seminar 4 we looked into Digital Citizenship (e-safety). We looked into appropriate ways of sharing information, and how schools can help keep children safe online.
We first used the app ‘Padlet’ to record our existing knowledge around e-safety. This App enabled us to type up our ideas as a group, as well as discussing our knowledge together. Padlet could also be used a good teaching tool in classrooms.
We then moved onto the 9 elements of digital citizenship:
- Digital Access
- Digital Commerce
- Digital Communication
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Etiquette
- Digital Law
- Digital Rights & Responsibilities
- Digital Health & Wellness
- Digital Security
In pairs we discussed the meanings of the 9 elements of Digital Citizenship. We then had to use this knowledge in real life scenarios. We were given 5 scenarios as a class to talk about how we would react to the situations appropriately as a teacher. This activity was eye opening to me because all the situations we discussed had happened to our tutor. During this activity I realized the importance of understanding how best to respond to such issues that will arise within computing in schools.
Another aspect of our lesson was cyberbully. We looked into our responsibilities to support children but also the importance of following the policy to teach and give children the knowledge around digital citizenship.
Useful website link:
I found a useful slide share link all about e-safety, computing and inspection. This website is more useful to adults to gain more knowledge around this area of learning instead of children. It has in-depth information, Ofsted reports and research.
Resource to support safe use of technology:
A good resource to support the safe use of technology in the classroom is a video shown on Newsround, on CBBC website. In the video is shows a story of a little girl who gets into danger after meeting someone in a chat room. It also includes lots of tips on how to be safe online and real-life experiences from children and when things have gone wrong.
Another resource from CBBC is there page on staying safe online. It has links of videos of children talking about their experiences, advice and support for children to read or contact someone.
Ofsted – ICT in schools 2008–11
In this article it has a section about e-safety, it discussed how not all teachers were provided with e-safety training. The report also found that e-safety training was weak when the headteacher had no responsibility for it or did not include e-safety within the training for child protection or ICT.