St Luke’s uses a variety of digital technologies for teaching and learning. We acknowledge they must be used responsibly. We believe that learning cybersafe and responsible online practices are essential for students in a modern world and best taught in partnership between home and school. Safe, respectful and responsible behaviour is explicitly taught.
Global2 is a blogging community developed specifically for schools. It has been developed and is managed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria on behalf of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne. We also use Blogger (a Google Blogging tool) for some class blogs.
Our teachers and students use a variety of web tools and resources to develop digital literacies and educate us about the appropriate use of digital technologies. The class / student’s blog connect those technologies and enable opportunities to learn about managing and participating in social media in a positive way as well as understanding the ramifications of writing in digital spaces. Our Literacy and our Cybersafety curriculum is strongly supported by our Blogging practice.
As a parent or even as extended family members, you will be able to see the class blogs and your student blogs, providing an opportunity to connect to classroom activities. Our policy is to model and introduce these skills gradually as students move through the school, taking on increasing responsibilities. We encourage you to get involved by posting comments and reinforce appropriate behaviours for working on-line (eg not leaving surnames on comments and giving feedback that is Kind, Specific and Helpful).
As part of this community our school has class blogs for every class level and some specialist areas. The teachers control all posts. These blogs are open to everyone on the internet allowing:
- a genuine global audience and opportunities to work with other schools in global projects
- an understanding of the importance of a positive online presence, and
- the development of skills and knowledge to manage their technology
As part of this community our school supports students to manage their own individual blog with teacher moderation and direction.
Student Blogging Challenge
Our Senior Students have participated in the Student Blogging Challenge for a number of years. The aim is to connect student bloggers with a global audience. Each week participants are given a task to increase their skills and students are encouraged to interact with other students from around the world also participating. It normally involves 115 classes, 1300 students, 15 countries and 32 mentors (including St Luke’s!)