Module 6 (Part B): The Internet and the Classroom

Does your school/organisation have an Acceptable Use policy? Is it effective? Are there any issues with it?

There is one P – 12 college in the rural town where I live, so I have chosen to investigate their Acceptable Use Policy which is available for anyone to view on their school website. They have developed a social media policy based on recommendations from the Victorian Department of Education and Training and provide links to a step by step guide when responding to online incidents.

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Module 6 (Part A): The internet and the classroom

Discuss how safety and privacy issues could impact on integrating technology into your teaching, and what steps you could take to deal with it.

Roblyer and Doering point out various ways in which technology can negatively impact students, including safety and privacy issues (Roblyer & Doering, 2014, p. 235). As a future teacher of History and English, social networking platforms afford collaborative discussion opportunities across many different cultures; opportunities that are unavailable in traditional learning environments and crucial to achieving History curriculum outcomes. The relative advantage of these tools is too great to dismiss. However, integrating social media into the classroom requires a focus on the importance of digital safety and maintaining online privacy. LaRose, Rifon & Enbody argue that it is possible to improve online safety for students by emphasising the importance of one’s personal responsibility however, this strategy requires a degree of self-efficacy and perhaps dismisses those students who are most vulnerable and lack the maturity and knowledge to properly protect themselves (2008, pp. 75-76).

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