Safer Internet Day and an insight into the eSafety portal

Safer Internet Day 2012 presents the perfect opportunity for education establishments and parents to work together on addressing the potential opportunities for young people to use the internet, while remaining safe. The description from the site reads “Safer Internet Day (SID) will take place this year on Tuesday 7 February 2012 with a theme of  ‘Connecting generations and educating each other’, and the slogan Discover the digital World together…safely!'”. Well worth checking out.

The eSafety portal, as you might expect, offers a wide range of tips and resources around how your learners, and you, can stay safe online. There are some useful resources, and, while some of them are free to access, some require you to pay a subscription. You can ‘try before you buy’ with a 30 day trial.

About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ ( I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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