Jan 02 2012
Esafety – ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.’
Tomorrow I am talking for 45 minutes to 150 Bed/PGCE students about E-safety, all my brief was or is to cover E-safety so this is the basis of my presentation – I will basically be adding it to slide share later.
The title of the presentation is based on the T.S Eliot quote:
‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.’
I want to strike the balance of showing them the potential dangers, pitfalls but to balance that with the amazing set of possibilities that technology can and is bringing to education.
We are the future
Here is the link to the full video featuring Sir Ken Robinson and Saltash.net
Don’t know where to start with E-safety
A good website is CEOP’s Think you know site, lots of games, resources and top tips for most age ranges:
Here is the article from the BBC about teachers being warned about Twitter from Jim Docherty from the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association. In the article he is quoted as saying ‘First thing is don’t bother telling anybody else about your social life. Nobody is interested about your social life and it doesn’t help. Secondly, never make any comment about your work, about your employer, about teaching issues in general. There is always a possibility it will be misinterpreted’
You may also like this article featuring me in the Times Education Supplement titled ‘I can’t live without twitter’
Here is the article in the guardian newspaper just before Christmas about the Head and a teacher from a primary school resigning their posts after pressure from parents regarding their conduct on Facebook.
As a school we have openly been using social networking as a way of making a marked contribution to the quality of the learning that takes place inside and outside the classroom. To do this though schools must invest time and support in educating children, teachers and parents how to use these tools responsibly and safely then trust them to do so. This article featuring Professor Stephen Heppell and myself highlights this argument:
If you are looking for more classroom based research in to how to help implement social networking within your school then check out this free publication titled ‘Facebook as a Tool for Improving Student Outcomes’. It has been produced by Cornwall College and Cornwall Learning on behalf of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) for the Improving Teaching and Learning through Technology Project, my school features as the fourth case study; it can be viewed and downloaded here:
Tips for Trainees
• Don’t be afraid to take risks just use your common sense!
• Safeguard yourselves and the young people you work with!
• Work within the guidelines of your school context!
• Don’t be afraid to challenge these guidelines (but in the right way)
• Model appropriate online behaviour if you don’t do it who will?
• Only use technology if it makes a marked contribution to the quality of learning that will take place!
• Take a pledge to educate young people and the adults within your school communities to use technology responsibly!
• Nourish and nurture your own professional development – sign up to twitter and start blogging!