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Term 2 Newsletter

Victorian teachers come together for eSmart

Over 200 teachers from school’s across Victoria came together last Friday 24 April in Melbourne, to discuss the best ways to keep children safe online, as part of their work with eSmart Schools. Continue reading to find out more. A similar event will be held in Queensland next month, more information below. 

The importance of a student-lead approach to eSmart

Our recent eSmart evaluation found that schools who utilise a student-led approach to eSmart, are most successful in truly embedding the Framework within their school. Apollo Parkways Primary, Yarraville West Primary and Maiden Gully Primary are three schools who have implemented some great student lead initiatives within their school community. Click here to see what initiatives these schools have implemented, including Apollo Parkways Primary's eSmart Leaders (pictured below) featured in this video.

The latest cybersafety resources and research

  • eSmart Scope and Sequence: In consultation with teachers we have developed a scope and sequence to support schools in addressing 'Domain Five – An eSmart Curriculum'. The scope and sequence includes links to the Australian Curriculum and AusVELS, provides a range of learning activites across years P -10 and also includes extension activities that link to other domains of the eSmart Framework. Take a look. 
  • Netsmartz Student Project Kit: The NetSmartz Student Project Kit helps students in grades 6-12 teach their peers and younger students about topics like cyberbullying, online privacy, and digital ethics. Take a look.
  • Facebook has added to their Community Standards, including specific mention of a range of online behaviours, including: Bullying and Harassment, Attacks on Public Figures, Self-injury and Criminal Activity.
  • The controversial anonymous messenger app Yik Yak has been dropped from the Google Play charts.
  • Twitter cracks down on cyberbullying. 

Upcoming eSmart training

Register for an upcoming training session
Their is a range of webinar and face-to-face training available to schools in term two in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. To find out dates, locations and to register for an upcoming session, click here. 

Queensland Cybersafety Event - Friday 28 May
It is Queensland's turn for an eSmart Professional Development event. This event will provide Queensland schools, with the opportunity to learn the latest in cybersafety from our eSmart experts and Susan McLean, as well as hear strategies from current eSmart schools. More information will be sent to Queensland schools next week. 

National eSmart Week - 7 to 11 September

We are very proud to annouce that we will soon launch our very first National eSmart Week - to be held from the 7th to 11th of September this year! The aim of the day is to bring together eSmart Libraries, eSmart and Better Buddies schools to raise awareness in communities about cybersafety, digital literacy and digital inclusion.

More information will be sent out to schools soon! 

Teacher feedback on the eSmart Digital Licence

Our eSmart Digital Licence, launched in Feburary, now has over 65,000 students registered! This resource is free for all grade 6 students in Australia in 2015 thanks to the generous support of Google. Teachers of other classes are invited to call us, to receive a special introductory pricing offer.

We recently spoke to Rick Scade, year 6 teacher at Fyans Park Primary School in Victoria, whose class has completed the challenge. Rick gave the challenge an overall nine out of 10 and said that it “covered a range of topics that I hadn't considered discussing with the students." Are you using the eSmart Digital Licence within your classroom? We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Take part in National Buddy Day

On National Buddy Day, Friday 12th June 2015, we’re encouraging primary schools across Australia to ‘Band Together’ with a buddy.

To `Band Together’, we’re challenging teams of kids and/or adults to join forces and raise awareness and/or funds to support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in our bid to reduce bullying.

You do not have to be a Better Buddies school to participate, the 2015 Buddy Day Toolkit has a range of activity ideas all schools can do together.  

For more information visit:

Strictly Ballroom tickets special offer

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has been selected as one of the charity partners for the Melbourne season of Strictly Ballroom, which runs in Melbourne until August.
As a partner, we have the opportunity to sell up to 40 tickets to any Wednesday evening show, with 100% of the proceeds going towards The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing four tickets to attend with colleagues, friends or family. 

Contact us

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