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Positively Connecting to Connect.Ed


Thanks to David for drawing attention to this valuable website for educators and students alike. With a plethora of engaging resources to access, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has developed an initiative called cyber [smart:] which delivers a range of materials that can be implemented in today’s classrooms. The site contains a highly appropriate set of four modules for a teacher to complete in order to ascertain his/her level of understanding of the internet and how it is being used by students.

The modules cover the following areas:

Module 1: The Connected World – addressing the four cyber safety capabilities: digital media literacy, positive online behaviours, peer and personal safety and e-security.

Module 2: Cybersafety and your students – looking at the issues that are faced by today’s students in an online environment.

Module 3: Schools and the law – focussing on the importance of a whole school policy/approach when dealing with cyber issues.

Module 4: Putting it into practice – exploring a range of available resources for using with students and enhancing their awareness of cyber safety.

Aspen’s blog provided useful insight into aspects of the Connect.Ed resource.

It’s important (for all concerned) to be educated in the safe and ethical use of the internet. What is also apparent is the necessity for continued and open dialogue between teacher and student/student and parent/school and parent/community and school. This was a valuable resource and one which I would like to implement at some stage in the future.


Plugging into Connect.ed


Wow! This website, introduced to EDC3100 as part of this week’s learning path, certainly makes you sit up and take notice. Fellow bloggers, Kate and Teagan both had some very worthwhile points to make. Digital citizenship can come at a price if it is not used correctly and in a principled manner. It is vital to instil in today’s students, the importance of cyber safety and protecting not only their privacy, but that of others.

Participating in online activities has obvious advantages, but when misused, the pitfalls become all too serious. Helping students to equip themselves with the right knowledge and awareness of such consequences is an obligatory component of being a supportive teacher. Perhaps we can’t always be one step ahead of the less savoury aspects of the cyber world, but as educators, it is possible to keep our eyes open to what is happening in the world around us. More importantly, it’s imperative for our students to be alert to any dangers and be prepared to take action simply by talking to others if the need arises.

I particularly liked this image from The Book Fairy Goddess