Thanks for opportunity to speak.I am going to speak about national qualifications in this area (online child protection).SQA is probably the lead awarding body in this area in the UK.
“Scotland’s main awarding body”Best known for school exams such as Highers.
Going to begin with discussing how learners are changing due to the Internet and other cultural changes.Young people are learning in different ways from the way we learnt.You will have heard of some of the 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 people) with “digital immigrants” (us).Pretty much opposites in most regards e.g. we used books, young learners don’t; we listened patiently, young people are bored; we memorised, young people don’t see the point.
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.A “quiet revolution” has taken place in the way young people learn.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 – that’s another talk for another day.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 intoWordle 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.Basically a simple module about online safety, covering the basics.
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.
Finish with some future-gazing…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.
Child Internet Safety (Sqa)
Child Internet Safety<br />Getting the right training & qualifications<br />Bobby Elliott<br />Scottish Qualifications Authority<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />
About SQA<br />Non-departmental public body<br />National body in Scotland responsible for qualifications other than degrees<br />Aim to allow students to fulfil their potential to participate in the economy, society and communities of Scotland<br />Primarily funded through qualification entry charges<br />Annual turnover of £60m<br />Employ 750 staff located in Glasgow and Dalkeith<br />
New types of learner?<br />“Millennials”<br />“Google Generation”<br />“Generation X”<br />“Net Geners”<br />“Digital natives”<br />
New qualifications<br />Social Software<br />National Progression Award in Social Software<br />Computer Games<br />National Progression Award in Computer Games Development<br />Online Protection<br />Internet Safety (unit)<br />Professional Development Award in Child Online Protection<br />
Internet Safety<br />National Unit<br />40 hour course<br />Intermediate (SCQF 4) level<br />Developed in 2007<br />First national online safety qualification in the EU<br />Developed in collaboration with BT, Microsoft and child protection agencies<br />SQA’s first paperless qualification<br />Online assessment<br />Aimed at young and mature learners<br />
Internet Safety: Contents<br />Identify threats that can exist when using the internet.<br />Describe safety precautions which should be taken when using the internet.<br />Describe legal constraints which apply when using the internet.<br />Take appropriate safety precautions and operate within relevant legal constraints when using the internet.<br />
Assessment<br />Simple<br />Two assessments – one covering knowledge and one covering skills<br />Knowledge<br />25 multiple choice questions<br />Practical<br />A diary (or a blog) to describe student activities and demonstrate how they protected themselves<br />Available on SOLAR<br />http://www.sqasolar.org.uk<br />
How it is being used<br />Airdrie Academy<br />Every S2 pupil undertakes the unit<br />Stow College<br />Evening class for mature learners<br />Strathclyde Police<br />Every cadet undertakes it<br />
Professional Development Award<br />PDA in Online Protection & Safeguarding of Children<br />SCQF Level 8<br />Developed in collaboration with CEOP<br />First (and only) national qualification for adults in the UK<br />Piloting April-August 2010<br />Aimed at adults with responsibility for children<br /><ul><li>Teachers, police officers, social workers</li></li></ul><li>Contents<br />The award consists of two units:<br />Unit 1: Online Protection of Children<br />Unit 2: Safeguarding Children Online: Reflective Practice<br />Builds on CEOP courses<br />ThinkUKnow course (half day)<br />Ambassador programme (one day)<br />Online assessment<br />E-test<br />Blog<br />