As we continue to work through introducing Google Apps for Education [GAFE] and, specifically at the moment, the use of Google Docs in Opua School teaching and learning activities, we want to endeavour to keep our parent community as informed and involved as possible. As a result, as well as face to face consultation meetings and the offer to drop in and discuss anything related to Digital Learning with the principal, we will also add useful information, ideas and links to this page as we proceed.

Introduction

Please click this link for an introduction document explaining why we are making these changes: Digital Learning at Opua School

Please click this link for a powerpoint version of this introduction: Powerpoint for Digital Learning at Opua School

What resources will we be using in school to support your children to be good digital citizens?

In Rooms 1 and 2, the children will be working through age appropriate modules called Hector’s World.

In Rooms 3, 4 and 5, the children will be working through modules that, on completion, will earn them, individually, a ‘Digital Passport’.

Rooms 3, 4 and 5 will also be working through 24 modules [one a week] with the principal in a 10 to 15 minute session each Wednesday morning. These modules are adapted from the 24 modules in the Netsafe OWLS programme which parents and caregivers can peruse via this link: http://www.netsafe.org.nz/owls/

Please remember that the principal will not be covering everything in each module and will be adapting some content as a limited number of topics / questions / content and issues are more suitable for older children in Years 9 and above.

Parent consultation meetings

Please see the powerpoint below which was the presentation given by our PLD providers to the Parent Consultation meeting on 11th August, 2016 . This powerpoint explains the thinking behind what we are trying to achieve: Powerpoint explaining rationale behind Digital Learning

This was the presentation given by our PLD providers to our second Parent Consultation Meeting on Tuesday, 30th August. The topic of this session was ‘Digital Citizenship & Online Safety‘.

A managed network

Our school is part of a countrywide ‘Managed Network’ with a number of robust, built in system tools and safeguards called N4L – Network for Learning. For general information about this N4L managed network, please go for a browse around their website: http://www.n4l.co.nz/

Keeping our children safe online

The Ministry of Education has supported the development of a ‘Netsafe Kit for schools’. I suggest a browse through at least the following pages:

www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/digital-citizenship

www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/schools-and-digital-citizenship

www.mylgp.org.nz and www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/super-digital-citizen

We have made Google searches and website access as safe as possible in school but you can do this at home also. Please watch the following videos for advice:

and… [ This one is excellent information for parents. There are many other tutorials about how to do this. Simply go to YouTube and type in ‘Open dns tutorials‘ ]

Also: How to set parent controls for online gaming: The following link is the Introduction – 01 – the first of 5 videos.

www.igea.net is a wealth of useful information about gaming to support parents.

MORE ADVICE and INFORMATION:

Here’s information about Digital Footprints that we create. It would be useful to show and discuss this with your children at home:

…and the THINK analogy related to online behaviours:

Please click on the useful links below for further good advice on keeping your children safe online:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety

SUGGESTIONS OF BEST PRACTICE FOR MANAGING DIGITAL LEARNING AT HOME:

  1. Show your children you are engaged and involved in their online learning.
  2. Establish agreed, shared rules when a device is purchased such as: parents always have the children’s updated passwords; all devices are put in an agreed location at an agreed time [especially – they are not in bedrooms and not being used after a certain time];
  3. Online friends should be treated [e.g. discussed and introduced] just like friends who visit your house;
  4. A parent should always be watched by the child as they do a ‘website history / sites visited’ check weekly;
  5. A child is told and understands why personal information should never be shared online;
  6. A child is supported and encouraged to lead a balanced life enjoying exciting and positive learning experiences in the digital world but also enjoying the physical world and traditional, active indoors and outdoors play;
  7. Don’t ‘bury your head in the sand’. The digital world is a reality and it is best to engage with it and go with your child every step of the way sharing the learning, discussing the issues and deciding on the best ways of reacting to online issues together instead of trying to be prohibitionist and over-protective.
  8. More to come…