Category Archives: esafety

eSmart Week


Last week was eSmart week in Australia – September 2nd-8th. This week is dedicated to building an eSmart Australia and is promoted by the Alannah and Madeline foundation. The goal of this week is to promote cyber safe citizens and keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying and violence.

Those schools who registered for this event were emailed a link to an online tool kit, full of ideas for school and community events, information for parents, teachers and students etc.

One of the sites that caught my eye was one on popular games, apps and social media. This is an online site setup by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and has links to information such as privacy policies, profile settings, where to block and report those who abuse the terms, community guidelines, FAQs etc.

Application to my ICT classes

Cyber safety and handling online bullying needs to be constantly discussed in class.

  1. Students will brainstorm what eSmart means and write a blog post
  2. They will look at the Games, apps and social media site (as above), search for their favourite games, apps or social media and learn more about the latest apps, how to protect their information and where to get more safety guidance.
  3. Younger classes will create a superhero to add to a post on their blog

“Let’s Stop Bullying” – the student voice!

Earlier on this year it was National Action Day against Bullying and Violence

In ICT, Year 7 students were to watch a couple of pertinent videos and discuss bullying. However, based on past experience, only a few students will speak up and the majority will usually remain silent. It was decided to book a virtual classroom in blackboard collaborate where each student could (and did) use the backchannel and the whiteboard to share their experiences, feelings and question. The following questions were posed:

  • What is bullying?
  • What does bullying look like?
  • Where does bullying occur?
  • How does bullying feel?
  • Do you feel safe at school?
  • How can we make school safe?
  • What can you do if you are being bullied
What does a bully look like?

What does a bully look like?

Where does bullying occur?

Where does bullying occur?

How does bullying feel?

How does bullying feel?

At the conclusion of the virtual discussion, the girls approached me and wanted to create a video on “Bullying is not good”. Within a short period of time, the girls, using the discussion pointers and outcomes, put together a movie using MS MovieMaker. This video was later shared the year 9/10 girls health class.

A month or so later, I was alerted to a tweet by Gail Desler, an early online colleague of mine.

Gail Desler and Natalie Bernasconi co-curate the Digi-ID challenge. It was decided to participate in this opportunity and the deadline was extended for a few days so we could be involved. The year 7 girls modified their movie so their faces were no longer showing. Students in Girls Health subject were also encouraged to contribute to this Digi Citizenship project in a short, tight time frame. Below are the final results – 2 interesting videos against bullying, from student perspectives.

Why this worked well?

  • giving every student a voice in a backchannel and on an interactive whiteboard
  • having an authentic project to get involved in.

Tech Talk Tuesdays: Changing the way we view cybersafety – a discussion

The Topic: Changing the way we view cyber safety – a discussion
When: Tuesday, May 1st, 4-5pm Melbourne, Australia time (gmt+10)
Where: Online webinar. Click on this link to join the session.
About the session: Taking up from past presentations on TechTalk Tuesdays this session Tony Richards (@itmadesimple) will be lead discussions on the growing challenge of cyber smarts, digital footprints, online reputations and how we are dealing with these issues on a personal, professional and school community level. Participants will explore and discuss ideas that have worked and those that have not, looking to share our knowledge and experience, please come prepared to share, argue and challenge.
About the Presenter: Mr Tony Richards has had a long and varied involvement with ICT in education. He has worked across a large range of environments, including time as a primary classroom teacher, technology advisor, network manager and developer, Distance Education Technology project manager, executive officer with ICTEV subject association, new media specialist with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Director of Information Technology with Northern Territory DET, blogger, podcaster on the Ed Tech Crew.     View LinkedIn profile
Here is the link to the recording. This was such a fabulous,  thought provoking session. Unfortunately, we had some technical issues uploading the presentation,  so the session was shortened. However, Tony has agreed to return in June to complete the full session.

Let the emailer beware!

Horror of all horrors! Being rather tired and frayed around the edges at the end of a long day, I was at home checking my emails when I found a reminder email to befriend a good online colleague of mine in tubely. Without really thinking I started to register for this site. Now, I did google it and the first search came up with the fact it was safe and that it filtered out unlikely characters!

So, I proceeded to answer  the questions and foolishly gave my gmail address and password! Yes….. foolishly!

Password? Password? Alarm bells went off! I immediately, went into my gmail account settings and changed my password. Within minutes, I got an email from another good friend saying that she wanted to be friends in real time and not befriend me on a site like that. Eoww! I knew tubley had succeeded in phishing through my account in that short period between changing my email password and giving them my details

Lessons to be learnt!

  1. Be on guard at all times!
  2. Always spend time searching out the content of a site before joining.
  3. Never, ever share your password with your email account
  4. If you should do so, immediately change your password.

The  eT@lking webinar started soon after. The presenter mentioned an email from google requesting personal details.

A tweet soon appeared on tweetdeck. Another trick Gmail phishing scheme || RT @TNW @KevinMinott @AnnTran_ @2cre8

One final word from my students when I told them about this:-” Mrs Murch, you shouldn’t have done that! Give them false details next time” At least I  have taught them well!

Please take care and beware! What scams or phish have you been caught with? What advice would you give?

eT@lking: eLearning Innovations in South Australia

Douglas Purcell was our most informative  presenter tonight on eT@lking. Douglas shared the innovative projects at the cutting edge of technology, that he co-ordinates. It was wonderful to hear how the projects are managed, which applications are  successful and to view a range of the innovative projects that are in progress this year. Douglas walked us through some of the online sites using the application sharing feature of elluminate. Here is a link to the recording.

From the Douglas came the following links:-

POV & video projects – links

Virtual Worlds in Learning

From the chat came the following:-

At the end of the session Douglas talked about the use of MS Powerpoint and its conversion into rich digital learning objects for online use.