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  • Young people are learning in different ways from the way we learnt.Lots of names for young learners…e.g. “Google generation” is anyone born after 1984 (now 26).Marc Prensky coined the most famous name: “digital native”...
  • He contrasted the “digital native” (young learners) with “digital immigrants” (you and me).Pretty much opposites in most regards.e.g. libraries are not widely used and having re-invent themselves.
  • This slide is 3 years old.I used to ask my audience if they recognised these logos – most didn’t.This is the environment that young people inhabit.They are increasingly using these services for learning…
  • It’s been argued that the way students really learn and the way we imagine they learn are not the same.We think that they learn the way we did – through a teacher.But there is evidence that they learn through their social networks and wikipedia and instant messaging and e-mail and Google.This is called the “hidden curriculum”.
  • SQA has tried to respond to this new learning environment in several ways e.g. making assessment more flexible.One way is to make our qualifications more relevant to the lives of young people.I have chosen 3 awards to illustrate this – computer games and social software and online protection.So you can now gain qualifications by studying Facebook or computer games!Online protection is one of these new areas…
  • One of these qualifications is Internet Safety… a single credit unit (40 hours) designed for young people.Developed 3 years ago in consultation with Microsoft, BT and child protection agencies, such as CEOP.It was also SQA’s first “paperless” qualification, designed from the outset as an online award.
  • These are the learning outcomes… but it is more informative to look at the word cloud…
  • I tipped the teaching material into Wordle and this is what came out…The bigger the word is more often is appears in the material.These are the main themes… protecting your PC, know the law, know how to be careful online, etc.
  • The assessment is very straight forward.2 assessment – an online test and a diary of activity… hopefully a blog.An e-test for knowledge and the blog for practical activity.Available on SOLAR, SQA’s online testing system.
  • The unit was designed for online delivery.It can be self-taught.If you want an example of how education is trying to modernise, note that this entire course can be learned through an iPhone… including self-assessment quizzes.Write a blog, learn from your iPhone, sit an online test  finished!
  • Some examples of how the Internet Safety unit is used in practice.
  • This is our second online protection qualification.Very pleased to have developed it in partnership with CEOP, who have been fantastic to work with.We have developed the assessments together.It’s a Professional Development Award… second year degree level.It’s not for kids… its for adults who deal with children, such as police officers and social workers.Pilot commences next month (April).
  • Here are the contents.2 units – both mandatory.Unit 1 relates directly to CEOP’s Ambassador programme – effectively assesses that.Unit 2 is Reflective Practice and relates to how the people who do the Ambassador course relate that to their professional practice.It is assessed through an online test and a blog.
  • This is how you gain the PDA.Only available to people who complete CEOP’s Ambassador programme.Unit 1 effectively assesses the Ambassador course.Unit 2 provides the PDA.
  • Child protection will become more important!Kids will use the Internet more.Blended learning will become standard.We can’t keep blocking websites. Better to educate than eliminate.I would like to see the Internet Safety become a mandatory element in every secondary school.And the PDA become a mandatory part of every teacher’s CPD.

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  • Internet Safety& Responsible Use
    National Qualifications
    Bobby Elliott
    Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Summary of presentation
    The need for qualifications
    The changing nature of learners
    The qualifications
    Internet Safety
    Child Online Protection
    Future trends in education
    More information
  • About SQA
    Non-departmental public body
    National body in Scotland responsible for qualifications other than degrees
    Aim to allow students to fulfil their potential to participate in the economy, society and communities of Scotland
    Primarily funded through qualification entry charges
    Annual turnover of £60m
    Employ 750 staff located in Glasgow and Dalkeith
  • The Qualifications
    First awarding body in the EU to devise national qualifications
    Internet Safety
    Adopted as a UK standard
    Scotland: National Unit (Internet Safety)
    England: Award in Internet Safety
    Online Child Protection
    Professional Development Award
    Online Protection & Safeguarding of Children
  • Why qualifications?
    National standard
    Devised and maintained by national agencies
    Formal recognition
    Part of group award(s)
    Coherent curricular package
  • New types of learner?
    “Google Generation”
    “Generation X”
    “Net Geners”
    “Digital natives”
  • Digital natives
    Use Web
    Active learning
    Authentic tasks
    Goal oriented
    Use books
    Passive learning
    Contrived tasks
    Process oriented
  • Hidden curriculum
  • New qualifications
    Social Software
    National Progression Award in Social Software
    Computer Games
    National Progression Award in Computer Games Development
    Online Protection
    Internet Safety (unit)
    Professional Development Award in Child Online Protection
  • Internet Safety
    National Unit
    40 hour course
    Intermediate (SCQF 4) level
    Developed in 2007
    First national online safety qualification in the EU
    Developed in collaboration with BT, Microsoft and child protection agencies
    SQA’s first paperless qualification
    Online assessment
    Aimed at young and mature learners
  • Internet Safety: Contents
    Identify threats that can exist when using the internet.
    Describe safety precautions which should be taken when using the internet.
    Describe legal constraints which apply when using the internet.
    Take appropriate safety precautions and operate within relevant legal constraints when using the internet.
  • Assessment
    Two assessments – one covering knowledge and one covering skills
    25 multiple choice questions
    A diary (or a blog) to describe student activities and demonstrate how they protected themselves
    Available on SOLAR
  • Teaching & Learning
    Online learning
    Online assessment
    On PC
    On smartphone
  • How it is being used
    Airdrie Academy
    Every S2 pupil undertakes the unit
    Stow College
    Evening class for mature learners
    Strathclyde Police
    Every cadet undertakes it
  • Professional Development Award
    PDA in Online Protection & Safeguardingof Children
    SCQF Level 8
    Developed in collaboration with CEOP
    First (and only) national qualification for adults in the EU
    Aimed at adults with responsibility for children
    • Teachers, police officers, social workers
  • Contents
    The award consists of two units:
    Unit 1: Online Protection of Children
    Unit 2: Safeguarding Children Online: Reflective Practice
    Builds on CEOP courses
    ThinkUKnow course (half day)
    Ambassador programme (one day)
    Online assessment
  • How the courses link
  • Future trends in education
    More use of online resources
    Blended learning
    More personal responsibility for learning
    More flexible learning
    Less firewall, more safety
  • Further information