Posts tagged ‘socialmedia’

Cybersafety and Digital Footprints


If you are looking for some inspiration and resources for cybersafety, from Year 7 -12, I highly recommend Jenny Luca‘s presentations here.

Jenny is the Head of Information Services at Toorak College, Mt.Eliza. She is @jennyluca on twitter, which she uses regularly to share and network with colleagues, nationally and internationally. I admire her work and ethos greatly!

The complex issue of cybersafety, digital footprints and citizenship is already an urgent, vexing educational challenge for schools. If you wish to know more about ‘data-mining’ check this post out to look at ‘how the internet sees you’.

What courses, learning and policies are in place at your school to assist students and staff manage their digital footprints? What can you share here?


Top 100 Tools for Learning

Looking for tools to assist teachers to stay up to date and connect online?

Jane Hart, using the input of learning professionals from around the globe, compiles a list of the top tools for learning each year. Jane is the CEO of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies based in the UK. I suggest you organise an RSS feed from her Pick of the Day blog to keep up to date with new online tools. There’s also a guide to social media at her site.

Here’s the 2009 list:

The emerging list for 2010 has twitter way out in front.

You can follow Jane on twitter and there is a Facebook page too. Finally, here’s her list of 100 featured learning professionals you can connect with online.


Yammer is a microblogging service that has become popular with NSW DET staff in recent months as a great way of communicating with colleagues. Yammer is like Twitter, except, only people with the same employee email are networked together. In other words, you have to have a verified address to join the NSW DET Yammer.

It is clear that a range of people in our organisation are sharing expertises, resources, contacts and generally being supportive of each other. You can upload files, provide professional details and generally participate in the conversation. There are quite a few DPs already joined and it is highly recommended.

You are able to have mobile phone apps and a desktop client to access Yammer. Both have improved my user experience.

Check out Yammer when you have a chance.


There is a DP community HERE and Ben Jones has written a A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YAMMER (updated) that will help ‘newbies’.

DPs blogging


It is with pleasure that I link to our colleague Michelle Sapsed’s first blog, Technology for school leaders on ‘p’ plates – for those who dream of being tech savvy 

I am hoping that more DP blogs will appear on the right hand side of our association blogroll.

Why don’t you post a comment here and/or at her blog to show support.

Enjoy the term 2 everyone!

Social Media Explained Visually

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more about “Social Media Explained Visually“, posted with vodpod


How can the school help students to use social media safely?

Deputy principals regularly deal with conflicts that arise from misuse of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

There are countless useful sites about cybersafety and you are likely to already have many of these in your favourites, like CybersmartThe Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Click.

A great resource to assist your school with the important task of educating students to play safely in an online world is the Manager of the Department’s Web Filter Unit, Elaine Talbert‘s Delicious tags. Elaine has collected and tagged a wealth of sites, showing us how Delicious can be effectively employed.



The more informed and positive the whole community conversation at your school is, the more likely students are to become good digital citizens. It is important that students are not tarred as irresponsible and poor digital citizens in general conversation. This will only lead to more inappropriate usage. Most, of course, do the right thing.

A few ideas:

1. Talk positively about the ‘good digital citizenship’ of students at the school, especially of Year 10 who have the laptops, explaining what this actually means. If the school frames the conversation positively it allows misdemeanours to be the exception rather than the rule. Give the students real narratives of ‘how’ a peer dealt with a cybersafety issue, as this will assist others to ‘know’ what to do when a challenge arises in their online world.

2. Run parent information sessions that give positive strategies for managing student usage at home. Do not spread fear and anxiety but concrete strategies for cybersafety. For example, screens are best located in shared areas of the house not isolated in bedrooms.

3. Have a clear school policy on the actions and steps students and parents take to address issues of cyberbullying and regularly publish in the school newsletter and other forums.

4. Celebrate the students savvy use of technology whenever possible to build a positive atmosphere. Praise their sensible use of mobile devices.

5. Educate the staff about bluetooth, 3G access to the internet from mobile devices, social networking and the school’s policies.

There are many other strategies and ideas that you use at your school. Please share links and ideas by making a comment here at our blog.

For example, this teacher has made a useful blog post about their experiences, with useful links here.

How do I use RSS feeds and Google Reader?

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’ and helps you to save time by keeping up to date with the important updates at your favourite websites. Instead of you visiting each website, you just go to your Google Reader page where these updates will have been fed using an RSS feed.
Confused? This blog post explains the basics of using RSS. I prefer this short video as an effective, simple, albeit cheesy explanation of how RSS feeds work. Basically, you need to direct your RSS feeds to an aggregator and Google Reader is one of the best. All this means is that you can read your favourite webpages at your Google Reader page instead of the actual website usually visited. This video explains how. Here’s a written explanation. You can create a Google Reader acount here.


Please post a comment if you have need for more explanation OR if you managed to sort this out and successfully have a Google Reader account. Maybe you will add this blog as your first RSS feed?

NB Google Reader can be accessed at DET schools.