SimSimi, an anonymous chat app linked to cyberbullying, has temporarily removed access to users in the Republic of Ireland following a wave of criticism from students, parents and education authorities. Police in Northern Ireland took the unusual step of issuing an official alert to parents to advise them to check their children’s phones for the App.
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Successfully integrating digital devices into the classroom is challenging. For all the benefits these devices bring to blended learning environments, they also bring the potential for distraction.
Classwize resolves this digital downside by providing teachers with live visibility and control over individual student internet use across all the devices they use in class.
With Classwize, teachers are provided a simple webpage dashboard that displays all the websites and applications that each student is using. Teachers gain visibility over which students are on task and those who may be disengaged.
Porirua’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme is moving from trial phase to cross-college with no concerns regarding student safety thanks to Linewize. The college’s IT support provider, recommended using Linewize to protect students whilst online. Linewize has alleviated the security concerns of staff and the community, and simultaneously improved levels of classroom engagement.
BYOD and Student Safety
John Topp, Deputy Principal at Porirua College explained the issues that needed to be resolved prior to rolling out BYOD, “With our existing system we could not see what students were doing, we couldn’t easily monitor traffic on the network and we had instances of students using staff log ins on their own devices and we needed to put a stop to that.”
In addition, Porirua College felt that it had a responsibility to the community to ensure that students were using the Internet safely on campus and at home. John explains, “Our parents’ biggest concern about the proposed Chromebook roll out was that they would not know what their children were doing on the Internet at home.”
“We see Linewize as a tool for keeping reactive discussions about inappropriate usage to a minimum, preferring instead proactive discussion on how to use the internet before a situation develops. Our openness reflects real life in the digital world and prepares students instead of shielding them.” – Alex Daroux, Head of IT Operations, Te Aroha College.
Edgewize: transforming a firewall from blocker to enabler
Disillusioned with the school’s existing firewall, Head of IT Operations Alex Daroux began to search for an alternative solution better suited to a college environment. Their current firewall was designed for small businesses and struggled with the demands of a medium-sized school. With staff and students facing repeated requests to login to access the network, Alex knew that it should be easier.
The Ministry of Education recently published a number of video case studies on Halswell School and St Hilda's Collegiate School. Both Halswell and St Hilda's use Linewize services to not only manage network and content access but also use the visibility Linewize provides to enable conversations with students around good digital citizenship.
“Linewize has given us a really good tool to talk to students about digital citizenship especially if filtering hits come up.” – Fraser Malins, ICT Leader, Halswell School.
Halswell School was seriously affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and required a full rebuild on the existing site. After three years of disruption they now are enjoying a fully custom built MLE environment to support their learning. In the above video Fraser Malins talks about the educational benefits of using Linewize to maintain an open network network environment and address inappropriate use with individuals as it occurs.
“Linewize offers a granular solution, not a one-size fits all like other services. We can monitor web usage by class and by individual student. Teachers can reward and report on levels of engagement in a meaningful way with each and every child.” – Russell Burt, Principal, Point England School.
Point England School solve visibility issue for BYOD and 1:1
Point England School in Auckland is known across New Zealand and internationally for its successful integration of technology into teaching and learning. Point England School was the convening school in the Maniakalani Cluster founded in 2007 to provide 1:1 digital learning for students from seven schools initially, many of whom came from lower decile homes. Point England School students have had 1:1 digital learning in classrooms since 2010 supporting a focus on achieving high levels of engagement and independently driven learning.