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Term 1 Newsletter

In our first edition for 2015 we focus on the new eSmart Digital Licence and eSmart at Queensland Academy for Creative Industries (QACI), as well as provide you with an insight into our evaluation results, new resources, training opportunities, research, events and industry news.

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Pictured: The eSmart Digital Licence launch at eSmart school, The King's School in Parramatta. 

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in partnership with Google, invites your school to register for our new eSmart Digital Licence program, available free of charge to Grade 6 students this year.

Officially launched in the first week of February, the eSmart Digital Licence is an online challenge combining quizzes, videos and games, designed to prepare Australian children (aged 10 and over) to be smart, safe and responsible digital citizens.

The eSmart Digital Licence has been designed to complement the eSmart Schools Framework. The online challenge will support eSmart schools
with Domain 5, 'Curriculum' and Domain 6, 'Working with Parents’, as it will assist your school to connect and engage both students and parents in cybersafety discussion.    

Watch the eSmart Digital Licence preview video:

Testimonial:
This is a unique program. I have never seen something so comprehensive which specifically targets the different components of student life online. It really does provide a great platform to discuss essential cybersafety topics and I can’t wait to use this in the classroom.”

Matthew Brand, Teacher and ICT Coordinator, Coral Park Primary School.

eSmart gets the tick of approval

An independent evaluation by a consortium comprising the Foundation for Young Australians, the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney and the Pitt Group, has provided a ringing endorsement of eSmart Schools, reporting the framework is having a significant impact in changing school-wide culture and behaviour with regard to cybersafety. The evaluation surveyed 526 parents, 2,956 students, 1,792 teachers, 617 eSmart Schools coordinators and 396 principals in 2013 and 2014. Read more.

eSmart at Queensland Academy for Creative Industries 

Queensland Academy for Creative Industries (QACI) was one of the first Queensland Schools to achieve eSmart status in 2014. The school has taken an approach to the framework that befits their name, with several creative initiatives to engage the school community. 'Apple Angels' is a Student ICT Leadership Team which has become integral to the Academy’s eSmart vision over the past five years.

“At QACI we felt it was important for the implementation of eSmart to be student-led. We identified that our fifteen Apple Angels from across different year levels, could collaborate with teaching staff on initiatives to promote the importance of staying safe online,” said QACI’s Head of Department eLearning, Jennie Jahnke - read more.

Safer Internet Day 2015

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and eSmart Schools supported Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 10 February, a day that occurs in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. 

We created a series of parent-focused images for the day that we shared on social media (pictured). These are a great resource you can use around the school and share in your school newsletters, download images.

Resource update

It’s time we talked – Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. Is a great new resource for schools, parents and young people to address the emerging issue of exposure to pornography. 

Click below to watch eSmart Schools Coordinator Michelle Webster, take you through a quick tour of the resource. 

Cybersafety news and research 

Victorian Networking Event

After a very successful event at The King's School in Sydney last year, we will be holding an eSmart networking event for all our Victorian schools in April.

This free event will provide Victorian school principals, wellbeing and technology school leaders and coordinators, with the opportunity to hear best-practice cybersafety strategies from leading Victorian schools, recieve eSmart stage specific support, and hear from leading cybersafety experts on cybersafety/wellbeing trends and research.

Further details will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Upcoming training

It is time to look at moving forward with your school’s eSmart journey, a great way to do this is participating in one of our upcoming training events. 

Victoria
  • Webinar: Monday 2nd March between 4.00 – 5.00pm (VIC time)
  • Face-to-face: Tuesday 3 March at Greythorn Primary School, 9.00am - 3.00pm
  • Face-to-face: Thursday 5 March at Spotswood Primary School, 9.00am - 3.00pm
New South Wales
  • Face-to-face: Friday 20th March, 9.00am – 3.00pm, venue to be confirmed
  • Webinar: The Q&A webinar will occur early in term two, an invitation to participate will be emailed to all coordinators shortly. This is a great opportunity for you to ask the eSmart team any questions that are specific to your state, relevant to your school, and to discuss the highlights and some of the challenges that are being faced.
Queensland
  • Face-to-face: Monday 23rd February at Maroochydore State High School, 9:30am – 3.00pm
  • Face-to-face: Tuesday 24th February at St Peter's Lutheran College (Indoorpilly), 9:30am – 3.00pm
  • Webinar: 19th February between 3.30 – 4.30pm (QLD time)
You can register for any of the face-to-face training events or webinars through the eSmart Schools website. 

Contact us

Website: www.esmartschools.org.au
Email: esmart@amf.org.au
Phone: 1300 592 151

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