Life Education Visit

Yesterday the students in 4KJ enjoyed a visit to the Life Ed Van.

The focus for the ninety minute session was “Be Cyberwise”. Our instructor, Gaye, and her helper, Harold the giraffe, led us through some discussions and activities to practise being safe online.

We focussed on:

  • Being responsible and respectful online
  • Making strong passwords
  • Knowing how to to keep your personal information safe
  • Developing strategies for dealing with cybersafety issues.

We had some interesting conversations and participated in some interactive tasks to learn about being cyberwise. Here are some photos from our Life Ed session.

In 4KJ we regularly talk about being safe and responsible online. We always practise good “netiquette” in class, so it was great to focus on this important issue in the Life Ed van!

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Do you have a tip for being safe and responsible online?

What does “Cyberwise” mean to you?

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Internet Safety Comics

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have spent a lot of time this term learning about being safe online.

We were involved in a webinar on Safer Internet Day and have completed some great activities about digital footprints, strong passwords and internet safety.

Having a class blog is a terrific way to learn about appropriate online behaviour and “netiquette”. We have blog guidelines which we all follow to make sure we are being safe while blogging.

Today we watched this fun Garfield cartoon about online safety. Just click on the image below to watch it yourself.

There was an important message in the video about remembering the acronym YAPPY.

YAPPY are the personal details that you should not reveal on public spaces online.

YAPPY stands for:

Y – YOUR NAME
A – ADDRESS
P – PASSWORD
P – PHONE NUMBER
Y – YOUR PLANS

The video also reminded us that we should not meet people we connect with over the internet in real life.

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The students got creative with the website Make Beliefs Comix to demonstrate their understanding of internet safety and YAPPY.

Make Beliefs Comix allows you to make a comic with two, three or four panels. You can chose from a range of characters, backgrounds, objects, speech bubbles and thought balloons etc. This site is free and doesn’t require you to sign up.

Here are some of the comics that the students produced.

If you want to see the comics in a larger format, click here. 

What do you think of the students’ comics?

Have you tried Make Beliefs Comix? How did you find it?

What are your tips for being safe online?

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The Grade Four Netbook Program Has Launched!

It has been an exciting week at Leopold Primary School, because we launched the Grade Four Netbook Program!

The students in 4KM and 4KJ were thrilled to receive their very own netbooks on Wednesday. Netbooks are small laptops, and for our netbook program we are using the TravelMate Acer B113.

We will be using the netbooks to improve our learning in the classroom and beyond. The students will soon have the opportunity to take their netbooks home each night.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are really looking forward to seeing how using the netbooks will help the students develop their knowledge across the curriculum.

4KM and 4KJ enjoyed exploring their netbooks this week. Here are some students using their netbooks for the very first time!

We have already learnt some important skills, including how to look after our netbooks, how to be safe online, using the school network, using the EduSTAR programs and emailing. We’ve also enjoyed doing some quality blog commenting. We will learn lots more in the coming months!

Here are some thoughts from a few of our excited students…

Riley: I am looking forward to doing homework on my netbook.

Olivia: I can’t wait to do more blogging.

Yunus: I think it will be really fun to do maths on my netbook.

Ebony: I am looking forward to researching information on my netbook.

Liam: I am looking forward to being a part of the netbook program.

Jordi: It will be really fun to learn new programs on my netbook.

Logan P: It is amazing to have my own netbook to use at school and at home.

Mia: It is exciting to learn more about technology.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have a lot of netbook activities planned for literacy, numeracy and our inquiry unit. We can’t wait to share all of our netbook learning adventures with our blog readers!

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How do you think your learning can improve by using netbooks in class and at home?

What are you looking forward to doing with your netbook?

Have you got any ideas for activities we could do using the netbooks?

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Safer Internet Day

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day.

 

Established in Europe, “Ins@fe” promotes this special day to encourage safer and more responsible use of online technology, particularly amongst children and young people worldwide. Safer Internet Day has been running since 2004 and it is always held on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year.

Each year Safer Internet Day has a special theme. This year the theme is “Connecting generations and educating each other”. The slogan for the day is “Discover the Digital World Together…safely!”

Visit the Safer Internet Day website for more information about “Ins@fe” and this worldwide event.

 

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan always ensure students are being safe online at school. Having a class blog is a terrific way to learn about appropriate online behaviour and “netiquette”. We have blog guidelines which we all follow to make sure we are being safe while blogging.

We also watched this fun Garfield cartoon about being safe online. Just click on the image below to watch it yourself.

 

 

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, we made posters about being safe online. Some of the important internet safety messages we came up with are:

 – Be safe online and you’ll be fine

– Think before you go on a link!

– Keep your personal info safe

– Be friendly online

– Don’t give away your YAPPY!

– Keep your passwords secret


What does YAPPY mean?

What are your tips for being safe online?

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