Mark your calendars!
We would like to invite all parents to join us in a series of morning sessions revolving around various topics on technology and its impact on learning. If you are keen to attend, kindly confirm your attendance by sending an email to email@example.com. Looking forward to a highly informative and engaging discussion with you!
A Parent’s Guide to Copyright and Creative Commons
7th March, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 am Library Projection Room
In this day and age, it’s never been this easy for us to copy images, videos and information from the internet. What are your responsibilities when using media created by others in the classroom or online?
This session will explore the following:
- Difference between copyright and alternative licensing such as Creative Commons
- Understanding the different Creative Commons licenses and how you apply them
- How to reinforce your child’s learning at home.
Digital Footprints: What does Google say about you?
Date and Venue: 4th April, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 am Library Projection Room
Evaluating Online Information: Do you believe everything you read or see online?
Date and Venue: 9th May, Thursday 8:30-10:00 am Library Projection Room
Social Networks: Learning to navigate through the popular social networks such as Facebook, Youtube and more
Date and Venue: 30th May, Thursday 8:30 – 10:00 am Library Projection Room
Dear ES teachers,
Here’s a video to warm your heart. Have a good weekend!
Last week our team of three – Cami (ES Counselor), Jules (ES Librarian) and I (ES Tech Coordinator) – facilitated an Elementary parent session by inviting mums and dads in ES to join us in our ‘Living with Technology’ discussion . Our session focused on two parts: Managing technology use at home and sharing online resources that are available to the school community.
The rise of various gadgets – mobile phones, iPads, laptops and social media such as Facebook, Skype and such – have given us easier access to massive amounts of information and the ability to interact with each other in ways we haven’t done before. But these advantages bring challenges as well, and one of these is figuring out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing our use of technology.
We began our session by asking the parents what are some of the challenges or frustrations that they would like to address in our session that day. Here’s their list:
The school emphasizes the importance of home-school partnership . With this is mind we shared the strategies that teachers apply to balance and manage technology use at school:
- Students in Grades 4 & 5 discuss and then sign the Responsible Use Agreement with their parents, to inform, encourage and empower the students to make the right decisions when it comes to online safety and responsible citizenship
- Using signals and cues during lessons where tablets are needed , and developing good habits when using the Tablets
- Putting the tablet in “listening mode” when a student’s full attention is needed
- Learning to carry the tablet properly and to use their tablet bags when moving from class to class
- Assigning tech leaders and helpers in class
- Encouraging peer coaching when using technology
- Tablet use is not allowed during recess and lunch, unless they receive permission from their teacher to use one
- Above/Below the Line Approach, to help the child manage their own behavior and keep to the classroom agreements
For children, we believe that giving them the skills to manage their own behavior is just as important as setting clear boundaries that will guide them in making balanced, responsible choices .
Afterwards the parents also came up with their own effective strategies at home that they shared with the group:
- Model good behavior for technology use
- Set limits by
- Using a points system for every screen time access
- Keeping it simple – do not introduce too many rules and consequences that you cannot follow through
- Occasionally check your computer’s history (see this web tutorial to find out how)
- Take interest in your child’s online activities by asking about the games that they’re playing every once in a while
- Spend more time with your child!
- Encourage children to play educational games
- Use certain after school activities to encourage good habits and appropriate technology use
- Include more playdates and reading activities that do not necessarily involve technology – children need a break from tech use too!
Other strategies and tips that we recommended include:
- Use a timer when setting screen time limits (more on these Screen Rules in this article, and research on the effects of multitasking)
- Use filters in Google’s search engine (see the quick tutorial here)
- For those who are looking for parental control safety programs to use in their own computers, Norton Online Family is a free online service that you can check out
- Visit the Commonsense Media website if you are looking for the latest reviews on kid-appropriate websites, apps, games and more. Highly recommended!
Our dedicated ES Librarian, Miss Julie Conroy shared some fantastic subscriptions that children and parents can access in school and at home. Passwords to these resources can be found by going to the Library’s Online Resources page in the school portal (please have your parent username and password with you in order to sign in.) Miss Conroy also showed us how to access the Library Catalogue to view the books that are available in UNIS Hanoi’s Library.
We will keep you posted on any strategies and tips we find thru this space, in TinTuc and in our class blogs. We hope to see you again in our future sessions!
Found this inspiring video while I was looking for online tutorials. I hope their message resonates with you too. Enjoy!
Ever wondered what those dots in your tablet’s touchpad are for?
It’s a feature that allows you to scroll up and down a document easily without having to use your keyboard. When I started playing with the settings I also found a few other features worth using!
Here’s how to customize your touchpad settings:
- Go to the Start Menu>Control Panel. In the Search Bar, type ‘Mouse’ and click ‘Change Mouse Settings.’
- Go to the ‘Device Settings’ tab and click the Settings button.
- Click the’+’ sign next to Scrolling to expand the choices. I’ve enabled a few features (see picture below) plus the Pinch Zoom so I can easily zoom in and out images and docs a la iPad. There’s a video that also explains how the feature works. Make sure to click ‘Apply’ then ‘Ok’ after you choose the features you want for your touchpad.
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