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Getting your-students-started on the Ultranet

  1. 1. My Content Collaborative Learning eXpress Space Connect Utilities Learning Tasks Learner Profile COMING SOON! Safety Getting started Community Space Actions Home This resource is designed to support you to introduce the Ultranet in your classroom. It should be used in conjunction with The Ultranet: A Guide for Students. It includes information about: 1. Introducing your students to the Ultranet 2. Safe and responsible use for students 3. Using the Ultranet in the classroom 4. A checklist for getting your students started. It also points you to resources and ideas that can be used in the classroom. GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED – RELEASE 1 RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS
  2. 2. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 2 1.1 INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO THE ULTRANET SUPPORT AND RESOURCES The Ultranet: A Guide for Students is an interactive introduction to the Ultranet for students in printable PDF format. As a whole, it is targeted at students in Years 3 and above. However, P-2 teachers may find some pages relevant to younger students and choose to use these alongside the P-2 posters. The characters in this guide take students on a ‘tour’ of each space in the Ultranet, providing ‘tips’ and advice along the way. Students can navigate to any other page within the document by clicking on the navigation icons at the bottom of each page (similar to the navigation of the Ultranet itself), or by scrolling through the bookmarks or page thumbnails in the contents pane on the left-hand side. Teachers can take students through the first three pages of this guide as a way of introducing them to the Ultranet. You could put these on an interactive whiteboard or have students access them on a computer. Cover page Provides a simple description of the Ultranet for students. Page 2 – What is the Ultranet? Lists the key things students can do in the Ultranet Page 3 – So you want a whirlwind tour of the Ultranet? Starts the guided ‘tour’ of the Ultranet. Students can hover over each icon for a description, then click through to the relevant page. The Ultranet: A Guide for Students P-2 Posters: Being Safe on the Ultranet Getting Started: Release 1 Resource for teachers The Ultranet Support Site RESOURCES* *See page 11 for a full list of links embedded in this document
  3. 3. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 3 The Ultranet: A Guide for Students A4 Poster – Logging students into the Ultranet for the first time The Ultranet Terms of Service IDAM student FAQs (student fast cards, user guides and online tutorials coming soon) IDAM advice and support materials for schools RESOURCES FIRST-TIME STUDENT LOGIN When logging into the Ultranet for the first time, all students should be at school with appropriate support from a teacher. To access the Ultranet, students need to register with the Department’s Identity and Access Management (IDAM) system. Before registering, teachers and students should refer to: >> page 4 of The Ultranet: A Guide for Students >> the A4 poster, Logging students in for the first time >> the IDAM student FAQs (student fast cards, user guides and online tutorials coming soon). STUDENT REGISTRATION PROCESS >> Student usernames and one-time passwords are auto- generated by your school’s IDAM administrator. >> The school then prints and distributes a Welcome Letter which contains this information for each student. >> Students register with IDAM (https://idam.education.vic. gov.au/firstuse) to change their password, and for Years 3-12, set up secret questions. >> Currently, students can only register while connected to the VicSmart school network. In future they will be able to register or change their password outside the school network. You will be advised when this service is available. >> Students need to register within 30 days of receiving their Welcome Letter. STUDENTS SELF-MANAGE THEIR PASSWORDS >> Students can change and reset (if they forget) their password on the IDAM self-service site. >> Students can change their secret questions and answers on the IDAM self-service site. PASSWORD POLICY You need to clearly explain the password requirements to students (see IDAM General FAQs). Younger students may need explicit advice on setting up a password. >> Passwords must have 7 or more characters. >> Passwords must contain at least one character from at least three of the following: –– Lowercase (a-z) –– Uppercase (A-Z) –– Numeric (0-9) –– Special characters/punctuation (eg: !@#$%^&). PASSWORDS FOR P-2 AND UNGRADED STUDENTS To simplify requirements while maintaining security, P-2 and ungraded students: >> do not need to set up secret questions or 4 digit PIN >> won’t be able to reset a forgotten password on their own >> won’t be able to change their password outside school. P-2 and ungraded students will need the following support from their teachers: >> Creating passwords they can remember but which are also ‘complex 7’ compliant (the ’passphrase’ is a simple but effective technique – see page 2 of IDAM General FAQs for examples) >> Resetting their passwords >> Keeping their passwords private. P-2 students will be able to change their own password themselves (but only if they know their current one). P-2 teachers are advised to keep a securely stored list of students’ passwords. 1.2 INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO THE ULTRANET Page 4 – Getting Started Outlines the registration and login process for students, and provides a student-friendly summary of the Ultranet Terms of Service. These should be discussed as a class.
  4. 4. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 4 2.1 SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE FOR STUDENTS AGREEMENTS AND SCHOOL POLICIES The Department is clear that every student has the right to feel safe from bullying at school. All forms of bullying, whether it be physical, verbal or cyber are not tolerated at any level in Victorian government schools. Students should understand that their rights and responsibilities are outlined in your school’s Student Engagement / Wellbeing Policy and Acceptable Use Agreement. All students and their parents will have signed the Acceptable Use Agreement. This is a good opportunity to talk to your students about school policies and expectations in relation to the use of the Ultranet and other digital technologies. Page 5 – What kind of space am I in? Outlines ‘ME, WE and SEE’ online spaces and how they relate to the Ultranet. Page 6 – Who can see my information in the Ultranet? Provides a table of ‘who can see what?’ from a student perspective, along with tips for students on keeping their information safe. Page 7 – How to be safe and respect others in the Ultranet Provides basic guidelines for students on expected behaviours in the Ultranet, including copyright information. KEY POINTS FOR STUDENTS The main aspects of safe and responsible use of the Ultranet for students are: >> understanding the space you are in (ME, WE or SEE) >> understanding who can see your information in the Ultranet >> how to protect your information in the Ultranet >> how to behave in the Ultranet in a way that keeps you safe and respects the rights of others. The ‘Safety’ section of The Ultranet: A Guide for Students introduces students to their rights and responsibilities for the safe and responsible use of the Ultranet: TOPICS FOR CLASS DISCUSSION >> Why is it important to keep your password safe? >> Brainstorm ME, WE and SEE spaces with students. What is appropriate behaviour for these spaces? >> What can you do if you see something that upsets you on the Ultranet? >> What are the copyright rules that you need to remember? Refer to page 7 of the student guide. >> What are class expectations and protocols for using the Ultranet? >> See My Digital World: Safe and responsible use of digital technologies for teaching ideas and resources which can be integrated into the classroom curriculum.
  5. 5. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 5 2.2 SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE FOR STUDENTS The Ultranet: A Guide for Students P-2 Posters: Being Safe on the Ultranet The Ultranet Terms of Service Your school’s Acceptable Use Agreement and Student Engagement Policy Learning Online – DEECD school resource for the safe and responsible use of technology My Digital World: Safe and responsible use of digital technologies Student information on the Smartcopying website Pages 5–11 of Getting Started: Release 1 Resource for teachers SUPPORT AND RESOURCES YOUR ROLE AS A SPACE MODERATOR All Ultranet spaces must have a moderator, whether set up by staff or students. Only teachers can be moderators. If you set up a space, you automatically become the moderator of that space. Space Moderators in the Ultranet are responsible for reviewing content regularly to check its appropriateness. Teachers should make sure students understand how spaces are moderated and used: 1. Moderation by teachers >> Any space they join will be moderated by a teacher. >> While students can set up a space, it will not become active until they have requested a teacher become a moderator and the moderator has accepted. >> Teachers will be able to view moderator requests on their Home Page. They can be accepted or declined. 2. Actions for students (refer page 7 of the student guide) >> Every one has a responsibility to make the Ultranet a safe learning space. >> By signing the school’s Acceptable Use Agreement, students have agreed to act safely and responsibly when using the Ultranet. >> There are ways that students can help to make the Ultranet a safe learning space. >> There are copyright rules for using material on the Ultranet. 3. Consequences for students >> Everything in the Ultranet can be tracked to the person who posted it – no-one can post anything anonymously. >> Students can report inappropriate content, and the moderator will take appropriate action. DUTY OF CARE A teacher’s duty of care to students extends to any online environment in which students undertake their learning. This means ensuring there is appropriate oversight of student use of the Ultranet: >> Class teachers should request access as Portfolio Viewers to their students’ eXpress space. >> Be aware of your responsibilities as the moderator of a space. >> Be aware that DEECD’s filtered internet service will not prevent student’s from linking to, or uploading, inappropriate content from outside the school’s network. Reporting inappropriate content in the Ultranet Students can report inappropriate content from the Actions menu in the global navigation.
  6. 6. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 6 3.1 USING THE ULTRANET IN THE CLASSROOM HOME >> Home can be used with students as a starting point to discussing the nature of a private ME space, or exploring the Ultranet navigation. >> Students can use Home to explore the Web 2.0 applications available in the Ultranet. It is a good place to try new things before participating in a shared WE space. >> The default application for students on their Home page is the Notices Viewer. Page 8 – Home Outlines things students can do in their Home space including ‘Things to Try’. Provides a description of an application and a portlet. Page 9 – Collaborative Learning Provides examples of Collaborative Learning spaces and outlines the difference between ‘Private’, ‘Restricted’ and ‘Open’ spaces COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Your class can set up a Collaborative Learning Space to work together. It is a good way to collaborate and share work. To introduce students to Collaborative learning you could: >> explain the tabs on the Collaborative Learning landing page – ‘Spaces I own’, ‘Spaces I belong to’ and ‘Available spaces’ (see below right). >> demonstrate how to search for a space >> set up a space and invite students to join it >> take students through the different kinds of spaces – private, restricted and open. In general, Collaborative Learning Spaces should be private or restricted so you have control over who is using your space. Collaborative Learning landing page Explain the tabs on this page to students and show them how to search for a space. CLASSROOM IDEAS FOR COLLABORATIVE LEARNING Class activities for Collaborative Learning could include: >> small group tasks >> whole class projects >> a cross-class project >> planning an excursion or camp >> discussing a book or issue >> preparing a list of class norms See page 23 of Getting Started – Release 1 Resource for Teachers for more classroom ideas.
  7. 7. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 7 3.2 USING THE ULTRANET IN THE CLASSROOM Page 11 – eXpress Learning Goals and Learning Portfolio Describes the purpose of Learning Goals and Learning Portfolios in the Ultranet. Page 12 – Community Provides examples of Community spaces and how students can use them. COMMUNITY Students may want to set up their own Community spaces. These spaces need a teacher moderator. When advising students about setting up spaces, teachers should discuss: >> the purpose of the space >> appropriate naming conventions >> whether the space should be ‘private’ or ‘restricted’ (generally a student-owned space should not be ‘open’) >> membership of the space >> managing content in the space and how it will operate. Students also need to understand that they must be ‘co- owners’ of their space with the teacher who moderates that space. LEARNING GOALS AND LEARNING PORTFOLIOS Has your school established a shared understanding of how Learning Goals and Learning Portfolios can support students? If so, you are ready to start planning how you will use these with your students: >> Identify strategies for setting Learning Goals >> Consider how you will support students to develop Learning Portfolios >> Consider assessment of, as and for learning >> Incorporate the use Web 2.0 for collaboration and reflection >> Use resources and examples of Learning Goals and Learning Portfolios (see page 9). Page 10 – eXpress Space – Overview Introduces students to the eXpress Space as a personal, WE space that their teachers and parents can see. Explains who can see their eXpress Profile page. EXPRESS SPACE – OVERVIEW >> The eXpress Space is a place for students to set Learning Goals, think about their learning and collect evidence to show their progress. >> It is important that students understand who can see what in their eXpress Space, including their eXpress profile. >> The Learning Goals page incorporates a wiki for students to record, share and reflect on their Learning Goals. >> The Learning Portfolio page incorporates a wiki for students to collate evidence of their learning, and a blog to reflect on their progress.
  8. 8. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 8 3.3 USING THE ULTRANET IN THE CLASSROOM ACTIONS AND UTILITIES It is important that students are shown how to report inappropriate content, access help through the Support Site and log out of the Ultranet. For ‘Report Inappropriate Content’, your class you could explore the ‘reason’ categories provided (see page 5). Changing the theme, layout and applications from the Actions menu are easy ways to introduce students to the Ultranet. Teachers should also explain to students that they can search for other students using Utilities > Find People, but this only allows them to see their eXpress Profile. Finally, teachers may need to show students how to access and use their email. This should include a discussion about appropriate use. Page 14 – Actions and Utilities Lists all the things students can do / access from the Actions and Utilities menus. Page 15 – Applications A snapshot of the applications students would most commonly use in the Ultranet. APPLICATIONS There are over 30 applications that can be added to a space in the Ultranet. To introduce these to students, teachers can: >> set up an activity where students match applications with their description >> help students consider which applications work best for which space and develop a buddy system to share ideas >> demonstrate how to set up more advanced applications such as Wiki display, Polls Display or Slide Show >> provide guidance on safe and appropriate websites to feature in RSS feeds and iFrames. For a full list of applications, see page 32 of Getting Started – Release 1 Resource for Teachers. MY CONTENT AND CONNECT Key principles to relay to students in relation to content: >> managing their storage quota – note that only ‘eXpress’ and ‘personal’ content contribute to a user’s quota >> safe and responsible uploading of content >> the ‘endorsed’ content repository contains quality-assured content that has been cleared for IP and copyright >> the Connect icon takes students outside the Ultranet, but all Connect content is also housed within ‘endorsed’. As a teacher, you can upload content to the school repository for students to access. However, students cannot upload to the school repository. There will be a significant upgrade to content in Release 2. Page 13 – My Content and Connect Explains the different types of content students can search for in the Ultranet and their storage quota.
  9. 9. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 9 3.4 USING THE ULTRANET IN THE CLASSROOM The Ultranet: A Guide for Students Student resources on the Ultranet Support Site Online Support Module 1: The Ultranet – 21st-Century Learning, Online Communities, Navigating the Ultranet Online Support Module 2: Collaborate, Communicate and Create in the Ultranet Online Support Module 3a: Professional Learning and Reflection – Teacher eXpress Online Support Module 3b: Goal Setting, Reflection and Learning Portfolio – Student eXpress Online Support Module 4: Teachers Connecting and Collaborating – Design Online Support Module 5: Student Collaboration and Learning – Collaborative Learning Online Support Module 6: Establishing online School Communities – Community Getting Started Information Guide: eXpress Learning Portfolio Getting Started Information Guide: eXpress Learning Goals Getting Started: Release 1 Resource for teachers RESOURCESCLASSROOM IDEAS >> Use the interactive whiteboard (IWB) to introduce the Ultranet to students. >> Student presentation: ask students to work in groups to explore one space per group in the Ultranet, students present their findings to the class on the IWB. >> Students work individually or in small groups to go through an Ultranet Treasure Hunt. >> Brainstorm what students would like to do on the Ultranet. Use Freemind to make a Mind Map. >> As a group, set up a Collaborative Learning Space for a class. Think, Pair, Share what would the space could be used for and what applications are needed. >> Students can make a photo-story or movie to introduce the Ultranet to their parents. >> Use MonkeyJam or Pivot to make an animation about being safe on the the Ultranet. >> Students could make a podcast to talk about how they would like to use the Ultranet or describe how it works. >> Jigsaw activity using the IWB or paper cut-outs: match up the application name with the function or description, or the navigation icons with their names. >> Show students the Being Safe on the Ultranet posters, download a comic-making program such as Comic Life or Make Belief Comix and ask students to make their own comics on safe and responsible behaviour on the Ultranet. >> Use The Ultranet: A Guide for Students for reading activities, such as Literature Circles or Cloze activities.
  10. 10. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 10 CHECKLIST FOR GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED 1. INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO THE ULTRANET I know when, where and how my school is bringing our students onto the Ultranet. I understand the student registration process in the Identity and Access Management (IDAM) system. I have copies of the Logging Students In for the First Time A4 poster for use in my classroom. I have reviewed The Ultranet: A Guide for Students and know how I will be using it with my students. I have copies of the Being Safe on the Utranet posters for use in my classroom (for P-2 students). My students understand the Ultranet Terms of Service. I have identified which Ultranet spaces my students will be using when they first log in. 2. SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE FOR STUDENTS I am familiar with my school’s programs and strategies for addressing safe and responsible online behaviour. I am familiar with cybersafety teaching and learning resources. I have established expectations in my classroom for safe and responsible use of the Ultranet. My students understand their responsibilities and have signed an Acceptable Use Agreement in relation to the Ultranet and other digital technologies. My students understand the difference between ME, WE and SEE spaces in the online environment and how these apply to the Ultranet. My students understand who can see what on the Ultranet. My students understand that all Collaborative Learning and Community spaces are moderated by a teacher. I understand my duty of care in relation to student use of the Ultranet, including my responsibilities as a moderator in the Ultranet. 3. USING THE ULTRANET IN THE CLASSROOM I have identified ways to incorporate Collaborative Learning spaces into classroom activities. My students have had the opportunity to customise their Home page. My students know how to find, use and store content in the Ultranet. My students know how to access their email in the Ultranet. I have introduced students to the applications in the Ultranet. My students know how to search for and set up a space in the Ultranet. My students understand the difference between private, restricted and open spaces. My students know how to access help and resources in the Ultranet support site.
  11. 11. www.ultranet.vic.edu.au THE ULTRANET – GETTING YOUR STUDENTS STARTED (RELEASE 1) 11 LINKS EMBEDDED IN THIS DOCUMENT RESOURCE LINK ADDRESS The Ultranet: A Guide for Students https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/sc/sites/Connections2010/ultranet/Resources/Ultranet-student-guide.pdf A4 Poster – Logging students in for the first time https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/sc/sites/Connections2010/ultranet/Resources/Student-posters-logging-in.pdf IDAM student FAQs (student fast cards, user guides and online tutorials coming soon) https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/olt/idam/Documents/IDAM%20FAQs%20Students.pdf IDAM advice and support materials for schools https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/olt/idam/default.aspx P-2 Posters: Being Safe on the Ultranet https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/sc/sites/Connections2010/ultranet/Resources/Prep-to-2-Posters-Being-Safe- On-The-Ultranet.pdf The Ultranet Terms of Service www.education.vic.gov.au/management/ultranet/tos.htm Learning Online www.education.vic.gov.au/management/elearningsupportservices/www/default.htm My Digital World www.education.vic.gov.au/management/elearningsupportservices/www/educate/tchlearn.htm Student information on the Smartcopying website www.smartcopying.edu.au/scw/go/pid/1016 The Ultranet Support Site www.ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/home Online Support Modules Module 1: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-1 Module 2: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-2 Module 3: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-3 Module 4: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-4 Module 5: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-5 Module 6: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/portal/web/support/module-6 Getting Started Information Guides eXpress Learning Portfolio: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/idc/groups/public/@endorsed/@system/documents/ document/nmf4wt.pdf eXpress Learning Goals: https://ultranet.vic.edu.au/idc/groups/public/@endorsed/@system/documents/ document/99jhwe.pdf Getting Started: Release 1 Resource for teachers https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/sc/sites/Connections2010/ultranet/Resources/Getting-Started-Release1- Resource-for-Teachers.pdf NOTE: For all Ultranet support site materials, log into the Ultranet first, then copy and paste the link into your browser.
  12. 12. Published by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Melbourne, July 2010 © State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) 2010 The copyright in this document is owned by the State of Victoria (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), or in the case of some materials, by third parties (third-party materials). No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968, the National Education Access Licence for Schools (NEALS) (see right) or with permission. An educational institution situated in Australia which is not conducted for profit, or a body responsible for administering such an institution, may copy and communicate the materials, other than third-party materials, for the educational purposes of the institution. Authorised by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002.

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