The site is still very much in its beta version (in the words of Sean Lyons, one of the key developers, beta = some things don't work yet), but those that do work, work well. The resources members contribute are entitled 'bits' (and yes, there was general chuckling around this) for several reasons, not least because a posted 'bit' could be made up of several other resources, and have ideas for using the resources in a range of contexts. Community members can link to and embed resources, add tags (to their own and other members' bits), edit, flag, and also do more exciting things such as vote for, comment on and 'remix' other bits (which enables members to add to the original posting).
To give some background to the underpinnings of the initiative it's worth looking at the Learn, Guide, Protect (LGP) framework that gives the community space its name. The framework is designed "to help schools develop a culture of responsible, safe use of digital technologies" (Nancy Groh).
|Learn, Guide, Protect concept model|
"The Learn Guide Protect framework has three components:
- Learn: Bits designed for students to help them develop positive, ethical behaviours in cyberspace and build the skills and attributes of a good digital citizen,
- Guide: Bits to help educators integrate the concepts of digital citizenship across into the curriculum all learning areas and into school culture,
- Protect: Bits to guide senior school personnel in developing local policies and strategies on effective, safe use of technologies.
|Netsafe community space|
Netsafe would be delighted if you visited and contributed to the Learn, Guide, Protect site. They will continue to work on the site’s functionality, in particular for in preparation for the launch in October at Ulearn in Christchurch. Please feel free to also offer Netsafe feedback over the next few weeks, as it is vital.
- ILA: NetSafe (ila.org)
- Common Sense Media Announces Launch of Free Pioneering Middle School Digital Citizenship Curriculum and Acquisition of CyberSmart! K-12 Student Curriculum (eon.businesswire.com)
- Hartford Schools Introduce Custom Science Program for Grades 1 and 2 (prweb.com)
- Digital Citizenship video resources from Hoover, Alabama Schools and Common Sense Media (speedofcreativity.org)