A Teacher of Technology in Education

Professional Publications

Below are professional publications which my work has been showcased:

2014 Title: ‘ Staying Safe Online’- Buddy Unit of Work
Beginning of Year/Term Unit of Work

 

2015 R. Grasso Cybersafety Australian Education Times Magazine:
Raffaela Grasso –  ICT Leader and ICT Integration Teacher: Melbourne, Victoria.


Because technology continues to grow in the 21st century and ICT knowledge has become a requirement in achieving a job after graduation, this section will be informative to parents and will offer a range of different ways, different schools incorporate ICT and technology within their schools, and how it benefits students.

 

In the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, a primary school is helping to spread the word about ‘safe, respectful and responsible use of digital tools and devices.
Across the junior, middle and upper primary levels, students participate in dedicated “Cybersafety” sessions with a specialist ICT Integration teacher. She has developed a Prep-Year Six “Cybersafety” program using a variety of digital resources.

Students in Prep begin with an introduction to ” online and real life” experiences, how they are different, similar and we keep safe in both worlds.

In Year One and Two students are introduced to  “sharing personal information online” making safe choices online and who to ask for help. Students are also introduced to the notion of “cyber bullying” (defining what it is and what is and is not appropriate to do, say and act online).

Students in Year Three and Four explore in greater detail personal information that should not be shared online, how to keep their digital devices safe and how to be respectful and responsible towards others online. Students also gain an understanding of email etiquette when using school email.

Students in Year Five and Six extend their learning by exploring the safe and responsible use of avatars (cybersafe images for social media sites), copyright and also gain understanding in what a ‘digital footprint’ is.

This is also underpinned by a dedicated ‘Cybersafety’ Workshop Day whereby a guest speaker is commissioned to share the latest cybersafe messages and resources. This is shared with students and staff culminating with an information session for parents on a yearly basis.

These have been very well attended and very well received by students and parents.

The digital resources used for students can be found here: Teaching With Technology http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/cybersafety/

Here is a link to parent sessions that have been held with dedicated cybersafety guest speakers over the 4 years. http://mrsgrasso.global2.vic.edu.au/parents/ 

Further to this, a digital bookmarking tool https://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/cybersafety26 has been created to visually display and share digital resources with other educators around the world.

Underpinning this dedicated “Cybersafety” focus, students and staff revisit each year the
‘Responsible Use Policy and Agreement’, to reinforce expectations, behaviour and responsibility when using digital devices and tools.

In May 2015 eSmart accreditation was given in recognition of the work that has been completed over the past 3 years by the ICT Leader & in collaboration with the Wellbeing Leader, assisted by staff to provide a safe, respectful and responsible environment for student to learn in, both online and in the real world.

 

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