At Mount Martha Primary School, ICT and Digital Technologies are a fundamental component of teaching and learning. Digital Technologies is taught across all levels from Prep to Year 6 as a specialist subject and ICT is taught and used within all curriculum areas in classrooms. The Digital Technologies Curriculum is a new curriculum area which offers children experience at problem solving to become creators, rather than users of technology. Student learn basic programming and use creative thinking and problem solving solutions to create their own games and puzzles for others to play. For more information about the Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum click here. At Mount Martha Primary School, students are provided with tools to explore multi-literacies and understand, evaluate and create information using digital technology. The internet is used thoughtfully to complement teaching and learning across all Year levels. A great deal of emphasis is placed on Cyber safety and the correct use of the Web for learning. Mount Martha Primary School has invested a great deal of money into Multimedia across the school. ICT is embedded into teaching and learning across curriculum areas and is not isolated to the specialist Digital Technologies lessons. Students use PCs, laptops, iPads and a range of digital learning tools to enhance and support their learning across all areas of the curriculum. Each teaching space is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or TV connected to a computer and access to a pod of notebooks and iPads. The school wireless network is flexible to allow access to emerging technologies. Students and teachers also have access to green screen equipment and lighting for movie making. Technology is changing constantly and the school monitors developments in this area and adopts its approach to teaching this important subject accordingly. Students are taught about online safety and cyber bullying as part of the curriculum. Resources The Cybersmart government website is now the Office of Children's eSafety Commissioner website which is valuable resource with sections with information for both parents and children. Parents can download the Cybersafety help button from this website.
Chatterbox is essentially an online chat program for parents, where they can learn about Cybersafety, pre-submit questions, share stories and advice. Chatterbox can be downloaded and accessed at home or on a mobile device. Each episode starts with a video followed by an audio discussion featuring targeted steps for parents to take action and/or start online safety conversations with their children. New Chatterbox episodes will be released though out the year.
Parental Controls The internet service provided to schools is a filtered service provided by the Department of Education. The following link provides information for parents about parental controls for your children on your home computers or mobile devices. “To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.” Common Sense media is a helpful website for parents and teachers to use when looking for information about keeping children safe online and reviewing apps, websites and movies. It can help you to work out what content is appropriate for children of different ages from kindergarten right through to teenagers.
Visit the iParent page of the Office of Children's eSafety Commissioner for more parent resources.