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Nancy Groh: Digital Citizenship and Netsafe

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Overview of session
The significant changes to the way teachers and students are using technologypresents new challenges in creating an environment where users are confidentin the safe and secure use of technologies.
The great learning opportunities young people have to create, control and sharetheir own content demands a new student-centered approach to cybersafety anda broader view of what is means to be ‘safe" online
1. Why old models of cybersafety don't work in the web2.0 world.
Cybersafety models that rely solely on preventing access to specific content,are not meeting the needs of teachers and students in today's classrooms.Providing a safe environment in a web2.0 world needs to expand beyond policiesand procedures to include discussion, action, and teachable moments in theclassroom from new entrants to school leavers.
2. Digital Citizenship: meaningful phrase or just a new buzz word?
The concept of creating a cyber safe environment has moved from protectingpeople and to helping young people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence
to be active participants and contributors online.
3. Where do we start?
Who should be responsible for promoting safe and ethical online behaviors inyour school? What are other primary and secondary school doing? A quickview of successful strategies schools are using to tap student knowledge andenthusiasm and create a partnership with the community.
Recommended reading for participants
http://www.mylgp.org.nz/guide/322/the-lgp-framework/
Useful links
www.mylgp.org.nz
http://collaborate.netsafe.org.nz/    

 

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Nancy Groh is Senior Cybersafety Consultant at Netsafe. She has played a key role in the development of the Learn Guide Protect framework and the student centered approach to cybersafety and digital citizenship. She leads NetSafe's consultation with the school sector. Nancy worked as Senior Consultant for the Ministry of Education overseeing the successful ICT Professional Development initiative and school internet safety programmes. She has many years of primary and secondary teaching and elearning facilitation experience in New Zealand, the USA and the Middle East.