A five minute presentation at the Ministerial Summit, December 2013. This presentation by Louise Jones, ICT Curriculum Manager for The Highland Council gives an overview of some of the emerging issues for the e-safety agenda and also the buzz about new and future technologies for life and learning.Pic of a Google Nexus Smart Watch courtesy of http://androidandme.com/2013/04/news/this-nexus-watch-concept-video-has-us-even-more-excited-for-googles-smartwatch/ Interesting to note that educators have encouraged children to wear watches at school, yet presently discourage use of phones or BYOD. Will the new wearable technology trend change that?
In Highland our ICT Strategy is currently being revised and will focus on the 5 ICT in Education SG objectives still, but also seek to move from technology FOR learning to technology in learning.
The Highland E-Safety Group is a core group in the ICT strategy work and since 2008 has provided training, guidance, policy development, bespoke events and support for Internet Safety AND responsible use work in Highland. It’s a partnership between the Highland Council and other key partners such as Police Scotland, it is also part of the Highland Child Protection Committee work plans. Pic courtesy of Highland E-Safety highlandesafety.wordpres.com
Certainly the work has evolved as technology and lifestyles have evolved, from stranger danger, cyberbullying, information and social networking, to be cognisant of the increasing digital lifestyles of children AND the wider community, no longer to we see a digital divide no natives, incomers and suchlike, a whole school community approach must be taken. Everyone has a part to play. Pics of evolution and connected courtesy of http://www.thesaint-online.com/2013/04/textual-evolution-and-the-influence-of-technology/ and http://theunilagclarion.wordpress.com/
We now have to understand that the terms social networking and social media really no longer apply, these are unhelpful terms today in fact the whole web is social, every site, service or app has an inbuilt function for feedback and communicating. Spider web pic unknown.
A few wee examples for you here! Whether it’s gaming, shopping, socialising, pursuing a hobby, learning or doing business, it’ll have a social communication function or feedback and engagement facility, it’s big business, the sites offering anonymity have always been there in one form or another, we shouldn’t be shocked by ask.fm or omegle. These have been built into various games for years, we have to build this logic into our approaches. Pic courtesy of Luma Partners.
New technologies are creating a buzz, wearable technologies, google glasses and Samsung specs, phones like brooches that project on to your hand, coupled with geo locating facial recognition abilities, (reference to TED Sixth Sense Presentation here) What can be done for good and for bad with these technologies? Pics courtesy of Google.com and http://singularityhub.com/2009/02/19/game-changing-augmented-human-reality-unveiled-by-mit-researchers/
The lovelyDita Von Teese with a dress that costs a fraction to make of the high couture she is used to, designed and printed with software and a 3D printer, whilst it’s twee to think of the cake making industry being revolutionised by novel 3D printing toppings, actually what of copyright implications and concerns for recreating impersonations. We’ve all heard of weapons but what about good too? Dentists and Surgeons alike are all tingling with new ideas for physiological improvements. Dita Von Teese Pic courtesy of http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1952-revealing-dita-von-teese-in-a-fully-articulated-3d-printed-gown.html
Thinking of these developments and the Scottish economy, having the ability for this country to tap into global digital markets, for children and young people to enter career paths that don’t exist yet and of course we can whole heartedly assume that digitised services and the aforementioned technologies will play aprt, it’s vital that our learners today know how to use them safely and responsibly. Learn how to cultivate their own businesses and make global connections to trade. Pic courtesy of http://www.businessesgrow.com/tag/benefits-of-social-media/
Cyber Security has often been associated with high level espionage and warfare, but realistically all businesses are at risk, this is not just for the future computer science savvy learners, but every person, business and agency will need to learn to protect and defend themselves. The cyber criminals are indiscriminate and user error still plays a big part here. From Denial of Service to leaked data..this affects us all. Pic courtesy of http://www.zen.co.uk/blog/cyber-security/
Some important questions to consider, a few recommendations and think about for discussions later today… Question Mark Graphic unknown..
Pic courtesy of http://theconnectedcause.com/crm-for-nonprofits-past-present-and-future/
Taking the last few minutes into account, we know the old banning, blocking, having web filters is just not going to cut it, they are a measure that providers can use to safeguard their systems and schools can offer a level of assurance to parents / carers in terms of content access on school owned devices – however we need to ensure our children and young people learn to navigate their way through a rnage of content that comes from a huge range of sources. In Highland and through other important research (EU Kids online) it’s not just the content which is of an adult nature that concerns them, it’s the everyday news items, adverts of 3rd world countries charity appeals, the horrific headlines in the BBC or sky that concern them, how do we help young people to be responsible about the places they go online, AND cope with the stuff they are not emotionally ready for. This not just about the 3 C’s either, we have to add commerce (app payment and advertising) and cyber security too in there. That’s what was the buzz in the groups we talked to. Research quoted www.eukidsonline.net Education is critical here, in terms critical thinking and analysis of content. Key quizzing skills of what that things mean to me and how do I report content that is actually unlawful. compass pic courtesy of http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/advice-for-walkers/maps-guides-and-navigation/using-a-compass.aspx
Approaches and advice must taken into account that this is just life, educators have always moved with the times, from safety in the home, fire, rail and road safety, this kind of safety must respond to the shifts in modern day digital culture. Parents and carers must be good role models, just like teaching their child to be careful in the kitchen. For example why not . We must move away from the whole ‘embarrassing tell me what you like doing online’ approach like it’s something unnatural, why not make it as simple as explaining what you do with a family snap when you take it? Pic courtesy of olliebray.com
Living our lives in a way where it doesn’t matter if we are located. Content will not be locked away in folders, it’ll be scattered but organised efficiently with tags and meta data. How do we learn to co-exist with these technologies. We mustn’t lose the stranger danger message, this only serves to heighten awareness of these issues. Tag pic courtesy of http://www.zazzle.co.uk/globe+luggage+tags
Finally, these are not separate issues how do we integrate this work, if we want Scotland to be a safe, secure environment for our children, it must be thinking of the digital future. To be a safe, strong, confident and digitally competent Scotland. Education, education, education, about and in technology. Recommendation: Have a E-Safety approach for all not just child online safety: Recommendation: Involve all statutory agencies, NHS Scotland. Recommendation: Dedicated resources Early Years education. Mum’s with young babies. Pic courtesy of http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Economy/digital
We don’t know what gadgets, devices, services, apps, software or tools will exist in the future, but we can develop key principles for safe and responsible use that will stand the test of time. No matter what comes next, we need to start preparing. Louise Jones (@goodonskis on Twitter) Email firstname.lastname@example.org Pic – source unknown.
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