The Teacher View - using technology in the classroom

So following on from my recent post on how students perceived e-safety, I’ve also done a survey of staff in school, in order to find out how teachers perceive the current risks and how they use technology.

I'm a big advocate of online tools, I'm a sucker for signing up to find out what it's all about (then deleting my profile when I never use it of course), but as an ICT Teacher I’m also aware of the inherent risks of what I put online and how I am perceived. I think this is a big issue for teachers as pre-Internet you used to be a bit uncomfortable if a student saw you out at the weekend, now they can find out all they want an more with a bit of work on Google!

A lot of staff realise the use of ICT and social media tools and how they could be used in education to enhance lessons, however are very aware that the students probably know more than they do about how to interact with these media. There are some brilliant ideas out there of how to embed media into subjects like history, like this one from Fractus Learning, but there is a lot of mis-information and lack of training. Teachers when asked were really keen to use the media (65% of my school wanted ideas on how to embed social media in the classroom), but it was also felt that there was a trepidation and fear as to how to use it and "not get in trouble".

As an ICT Teacher, and tech enthusiast I feel like I have a bit of a leg up in this area, and I discuss how other schools have done work like this via my twitter account. Yes, I have a YouTube channel for uploading video, I have also set up a school twitter feed, but was very careful as to how I did this in order to make sure I was transparent in its use. Read about how I did it.

Recently I’ve been using the 360safe website in order to analyse how schools can embed social media technology in the school and as long as there is clear, laid out policies and advice on how to implement the tools, then this can avoid issues.

As one of my colleagues so brilliantly put it: "Technology should NOT be demonized as it is full of great good things for the kids - and I know they have to be aware and parents too - but I think we should fill their heads with the good it holds rather than be majorly focused on the bad that could happen! "

In this world of social media, schools must look to making sure that there is policy and advice for teachers using these tools to enhance student's education, but also to make sure that teachers and staff are trained to avoid issues that can come with using websites that are not developed and run by the school.

Written by Ben Gristwood on March 25, 2013 14:59

How can we support e-safety in the classroom?

I believe in learning through any means; be that via textbook, tablet, mobile device, etc,. Today’s employers and the wider working culture expect young people to be confident with gathering and interpreting information from a variety of means, and our students are exposed daily to the online world be that friend or foe. As teachers we are in a unique position to deliver online learning and concurrently educate children about e-safety.

At Priory School, students take part in e-safety training in Year 7 ICT but it is the duty of every teacher who advocates the use of online learning to embed safety messages in their lessons. It is possible to include subliminal, routine reminders within every subject. For example, in Geography, students are introduced to safe practice in the use of personal information and images when producing videos or writing on our trips blog, as well as via the BBC School Report work. We consistently refer to our ‘mobile@priory’ policy protocol which reiterates the (co-constructed) convention of not using full names or images without permission. You can see our school desktop in the image, tying in to Safer Internet Day 2013 with useful tips and reminders – a useful tool.

I attended Bett last week and enjoyed seminars on online learning delivered by students and professionals alike. Here are some links I believe are worth investigating further.
1) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre website has useful tips and tools for parents/guardians and professionals. There are resources available for teachers to aid delivery of e-safety topics.
2) - Contains tips, resources and guidelines. Also well worth following @UK_SIC on Twitter for the latest developments and links to websites / video.
3) - Explore David Rogers’ blog for the mobile@priory story, the cookbook and draft policy. He is pedagogic revolutionary.
4) - Two great posts on Internet Safety Day featuring video links on cyber-bullying and child safety.
5) – E-safety videos for primary and secondary schools.

Finally, I was introduced at Bett to the work of Catmose College using I heard students present very professionally a story of this site which offers a safe online hybrid of social networking and blogs in order to share work / images / video / documents and then to interact and comment – all within a tightly controlled framework moderated by adult staff. For more information see their website or here.

As educators, our role with e-safety is not about restriction but about educating young people on the risks, as well as the benefits, of the online world. It is not about scare-mongering but realism, supporting children to develop safe online behaviour in and out of school, in order to become confident users of (not abusers of or abused by) online communities.

Written by Jo Debens on March 26, 2013 16:00

7 pupil rules for staying safe on the internet

Do your pupils have the basic rules for staying safe on the internet?

  1. Think carefully about the words you are using when searching.
  2. Don’t give out personal information.
  3. Tell your parents if something you find makes you feel uncomfortable.
  4. Never agree to meet with someone you get to know online.
  5. Never send pictures of yourself or other personal materials to a friend you meet online, without telling your parents first.
  6. Follow the rules that your parents set for your online activities.
  7. Do not use skype or webcams to talk to someone online unless you know them or your parents are present.

From Staying safe on the internet lesson.

Written by E-safety Support on March 26, 2013 16:01

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