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eSmart Membership Newsletter -Term 1 2019


Membership Newsletter – Term 1

Welcome to the first eSmart Schools Membership newsletter of 2019!
 

We hope the start of Term 1 is treating you very well and wish you all the best for an exciting year ahead.
 

This year we are expanding to work with more schools than ever before, and our eSmart Schools team is here to support your school.

Our eSmart website and system tool will be undergoing an exciting upgrade this term. We are implementing new features that will enhance your school's overall user experience, and you will receive a new login. 


If:

  • your Principal has changed
  • you have a new eSmart Coordinator
  • you are nearing the end of your annual Membership


please call 1300 592 151 or email us at esmart@amf.org.au to update your contact details or renew, as soon as possible.


You can also update school contacts online via the Account section in the eSmart Schools system tool.


Read on for your latest curated eSmart Membership news, advice, resource, events and opportunities.

NEWS
We want to hear from you

We'd like to thank everyone who has responded to our eSmart Member survey so far. Work is well underway to encompass your ideas in to Membership. If you haven't had a chance to complete the survey, there's still time to have your say on the development of eSmart Membership.

Cyber Safe Families Competition - Term 3 entries open

Tell us your thoughts by completing our five-minute survey.

Each completed entry will go in the draw to win a one-hour cyber safety presentation delivered by one of our cyber safety experts, valued at more than $500.

Introducing the eSmart Junior Primary Digital Licence

You may have heard recent calls to Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a Digital Licence to be given to all Australian students to help stem the rising tide of online risks. It’s something we believe is important, which is why we have introduced the eSmart Junior Primary Digital Licence to our suite of Digital Licence tools.

Cyber Safe Families Competition - Term 3 entries open

The Junior Primary version helps foundation to level two students learn how to be smart, safe and responsible online. In an animated journey featuring our mascot, Buddy Bear, students are taught how to embrace the best of the online world, while highlighting potentially dangerous scenarios.


The Australian curriculum-aligned program extends on the primary (levels three to six) and secondary (levels seven to eight) eSmart Digital Licence versions already available.

Take a tour of the Junior Primary eSmart Digital Licence today!

RESOURCES, TIPS & ARTICLES

Resources

New eSmart Member resources are uploaded regularly to the Resources Library. Look out for a new Australian Curriculum-aligned eSmart Scope and Sequence for Membership coming soon, with other State Curriculum Authority alignments to follow!

Articles

Podcast
How will technology and artificial intelligence (A.I.) affect education? (OECD Top Class podcast – Episode 14) – this perceptive podcast hosts an optimistic and speculative debate on embracing uncertainty, employing critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence, as new technologies proliferate.
NEWS
Share your story
Membership case studies showcase what works well in leading eSmart environments. We're looking for eSmart Member Schools to share their experiences and insights in a short article, particularly in relation to student involvement and parent communication (checklist actions 7 and 8). 

If you'd like to share your school's story, please contact eSmart Advisor, Katie Costello, on 03 9697 0666 or via
esmart@amf.org.au.

EVENTS
Important dates for 2019

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 5 February was Safer Internet Day! The Alannah & Madeline Foundation proudly supported our partners at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, by sharing the global message of working together to build a safer internet.

Did you see our eSmart #SID2019 Activity Tip Sheet for schools published on social media? It includes activity suggestions and linked resources to help you in your cyber safety planning and teaching.

If you celebrated Safer Internet Day we’d love to hear from you! Email esmart@amf.org.au with the Subject ‘SID2019’ with your story, links to your social media posts, and photos (if parental permission is granted for students).

OPPORTUNITIES
Tick off your checklist actions with an AMF cyber safety workshop

We offer a range of competitively priced workshops especially designed for student, teacher and parent audiences. Hosting a workshop at your school helps embed eSmart across the school community. You also complete checklist actions 5, 6, 7 and 8.

An eSmart Connect session can:

  • complement events you are running in social and emotional learning, digital technologies fields or student-led activities
  • help you keep staff up to date with the latest trends and statistics about cyber safety
  • inform and upskill parents with tips and strategies to help keep their children safe in the online world.