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iPad code of conduct for students with special needs

Started by Jenny Gosney 04 Apr 2014 10:31am () Replies (18)

Hi Everyone!

We are currently developing a visual code of conduct for our students who have a range of disabilities (mainly autistic). More and more of our students are BYOD to school mainly for communication but of course they play on these devices too including some imaginative photography! Has anyone seen or know of any developed info regarding this. I will post what we finally develop for everyone to access when we finally reach that point!



  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 18 Jul 2014 1:53pm ()

    Hi Jenny, 

    I think this is a great idea and would probably benefit some junior classes using iPads as well. I will talk with others about this idea and see if anyone is using something already. It would be an awesome resource to share.  

  • leena natana (View all users posts) 19 Jul 2014 4:32pm ()

    Kia ora Jenny

    I think its an awesome idea to share this resource to benefit our children.

    Thanks for the lovely idea

  • Tara O'Neill (View all users posts) 21 Jul 2014 7:17am ()

    Awesome Idea.  I would be interested in helping you develop it.

  • Jenny Gosney (View all users posts) 22 Jul 2014 1:51pm ()

    Great Tara, haven't moved much further forward with this yet.... this terms job. I will let you know when I have something started and then maybe we could collaborate from a starting point?


  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 22 Jul 2014 2:45pm ()

    Why don't we start some collaboration here with a brainstorm of ideas...

    1. Can we come up with a kid friendly name for the "code of conduct"? 

    2. What do you see as important to include? 

  • Tara O'Neill (View all users posts) 26 Jul 2014 10:34am ()

    Names - Be Safe/Keep Safe       My operating system.               

    2. Staying safe online isn't a one-time thing - it is something we need to be aware of, like an anti-virus software running in the backgroup of our computer.  We need to have 'safety software', running in the background of our lives.

    Our school has rules and ways to use technology.  These are so everyone keeps safe.  Here are some rules to keep us safe

    1.  Use your first name online not both your names.

    2.  Never share your phone number or address online.

    3.  Never meet anyone online in real life without an adult with you.

    4.  Photos stay online for ever.  It is ok to share your face, but don't share anypart of your body that is hidden behind your togs.  

    5.  Some websites have better information than others.  You can sometimes trust their information.

    ac and edu = academic and educational      school  = a school     org = organisation

    com = commercial - it is important to consider their agenda.  What is it's purpose, what is it trying to do?

    Blogs and twitter - consider who wrote it and what is it's purpose.

    6. Words can hurt - if you wouldn't share it to someones face, don't share it, text it, email it or post it. Don't swear or talk about sex online with anyone.

    (Obviously, their are lots of ways of interpreting these concepts.  The way individuals understand these ideas would need to act as a guide to how the 'code of conduct' was written.)  

    http://youtu.be/fmdWToVnWkA -  a clip about internet safety.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/angus-cyber-bully-hero-video-6038150 -  Angus has just made a video.

  • Vanessa Millar (View all users posts) 26 Jul 2014 9:34am ()

    There are some good informative (although with marketing) links on this website. I have yet to find a 'code of conduct' or digital citizenship model for children with Special Needs though. http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_pick_great_apps.html

    Also, for apps: http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_special_needs_apps.html

    In my experience when working with children who have special needs, the use of visual aids are important. These posters could be good, although I haven't the chance to trial them in class at present. http://thesecondgradesuperkids.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/ipad-rules-posters.html and http://www.heidisongs.com/blog/2012/09/tips-for-one-ipad-classroom-and-free.html

  • Heather Bell (View all users posts) 26 Jul 2014 12:54pm ()

    My New Plymouth group of SENCos are meeting 21st August.  I'm going to put this on the agenda for them to create something workable so we'll see what we come up with.  Meanwhile their 'homework' is to follow this conversation (I've asked them to contribute already but they're shy :) and the links so please keep posting folks.

  • Tara O'Neill (View all users posts) 27 Jul 2014 1:23pm ()

    Cool Heather,   come on SENCO's don't be shy.  The magic of this site is many brains produce great ideas.

    I have contacted a Tech business in Gisborne, who have developed a keeping safe programme called "Get 

    Savvy".  I know about it because my two teenagers did the course a couple of years a go.  It is designed for special needs kids especially.  They will come and deliver the programme for "$18 per student" but I have asked them how much for the whole programme.  I think it would be interesting to look at it and what concepts they see as being important.  This is their business and they are a wonderful computer tech business who do lots of good for our community, but they do need to make money to live.  It will be interesting to see how much.  Has any one else been to or heard of similar courses around the country?  

  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 28 Jul 2014 12:53pm ()

    I'm not a SENCO and haven't had a huge amount to do with special needs students however my son is visually impaired so this is an area that I'm particularly interested in. I think the idea of a code of conduct for special education students is a great idea and something like this "safebook" image might be useful to consider.

    I wonder how a code of conduct can be created that is designed in such a way that the widest range of special education needs students can access it.

  • Trudi Brocas (View all users posts) 28 Jul 2014 1:22pm ()

    What a great idea, I work in a Special School and am happy to help, We use board maker symbols for visual communication with students and find that clear simple messages work best .

    There is also a programme called Healthy Relationships - although this is based on a 'keeping ourselves safe' type of message/programme I like the set of 'rules' they have developed and wonder whether they could be transferred ...

    The rules are 

    - Okay with both 

    - Safe 

    - Not a secret

    - Allowed 


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