ClassAct 50 Task Challenge for digital citizenship

The ClassAct 50 Task Challenge, a digital literacy challenge sponsored by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.  ClassAct consists of 50 challenges that schools are encouraged to work through with students to develop a culture of respect and positive interaction in their online and offline worlds and to develop digital citizenship skills.  

How you and your school completes the Challenge is flexible.   The 50 tasks consist of a mix of quick, daily tasks designed to help children take control of their online safety, prompt thinking around respectful relationships and to know where to go to find support if things go wrong.

Each task relates to one or more of the categories:

  1. eSecurity—privacy, protecting personal information
  2. eSafety—managing screen-time, digital footprint, reputation
  3. Help and support
  4. Respect and relationships
  5. Cyberbullying

You may decide to commit to completing one task every day for a whole term, or perhaps to do one a week for a whole year… regardless of how you commit, the intention is to make digital intelligence part of your regular conversation with students to help increase digital safety, reduce negative behaviours like cyberbullying and to make time online as positive and enjoyable as possible.

At the school of the author of this blog, we’re presenting one challenge per school day via the student daily bulletin which is read in homeroom each morning.  The list of challenges are also being shared with parents via the school newsletter.  Not every challenge will appeal to every student but with the support of our student technology team, we’re promoting the ClassAct 50 Task Challenge across our school community, creating conversations and raising awareness.

To give you an idea of the content, here are the first 8 challenges (numbers at the end of each challenge reflect the categories above):

  1. Make a list of all the online accounts you have. Delete those you don’t use. (1,2)
  2. Choose one account that you have and update the password today. (1)
  3. Identify five trusted adults in your world who you would turn to if you had trouble online. (3,4)
  4. Kids Helpline offers webchat counselling. Check out their website to find out what hours it’s available. (3)
  5. Discuss: can you still be lonely if you have lots of friends online? (3, 4)
  6. Take the cyberbullying interactive quiz  (5)
  7. Where can Australian children under the age of 18 go to report cyberbullying? (3, 5)
  8. Research what two factor authentication is. Enable it on at least one of your social media accounts and/or emails. (1)

Plus 42 more….

The Challenge is recommended for students aged 10 – 14 years but is well suited to involving the whole family.

HINT:  I contacted for an easy to manage .pdf of the 50 challenges.

Weaving the Future – Inquiry based learning & DigiTech curriculum

On Friday, 17 March, School Library Association of Victoria conference Weaving the Future: Inquiry Learning within a Digital Curriculum will feature, Dr Mandy Lupton from QUT and Paula Christophersen formerly of VCAA.  Focus of the day will be the Digital Curriculum and the role of School Libraries can take in its implementation and execution.

Dr Mandy Lupton is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at QUT and well known to library and literacy professionals through her blog Inquiry Learning and Information Literacy.   Mandy teaches units in the Master of Education (teacher-librarianship) and has undertaken a number of research projects into inquiry learning and information literacy.  She will present a number of tools for the design of inquiry learning curriculum including questioning frameworks, process models and Mandy’s GeSTE windows model for information literacy. Delegates will have the opportunity for hands-on application and evaluation of these planning resources.  This is an opportunity to work closely with a renowned Australian information literacy specialist.

Ms Paula Christophersen (formerly of VCAA) is a familiar presenter at SLAV conferences having introduced ICT in the curriculum and general capabilities.  As a major architect of the new Victorian Digitech curriculum, Paula is the ideal person to present Ways of thinking in Digital Technologies.  Through this Paula will explore the essential features of the Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum, paying particular attention to the different ways of thinking in the curriculum, namely computational, design and systems thinking. Exploration involves teasing out the breadth and depth of content associated with this curriculum, and how meaningful connections can be made with other learning areas.  As schools seek methods of integrating the new digital curriculum into both primary and secondary schools, this session gives library staff background and understanding to support digital learning through the STEM curriculum, makerspaces, coding clubs etc.

SLAV is pleased to be starting the year with professional learning support for Victorian teacher librarians, teachers and library staff generally.   Don’t miss out.  Register here.

In collaboration – readers, stories, literacy

An partnership between School Library Association of Victoria and The Kids Bookshop has been formed to present a professional development program of workshops focussing on young readers, their reading habits and growth as readers.  Literacy is the key to success for all learners, influencing the way they see the world and the experiences they can share.

Readers,  Stories, Literacy – A forum for learning and discussion will offer news, views and strategies for motivating your readers with books and stories to provide positive literacy outcomes.   The five workshops, to be held between April and October 2017, will be presented by highly accredited children’s literature specialists and are designed to suit both primary and secondary educators and library staff.

Below is a summary of the workshops.  Full details are available at The Kids Bookshop

27 April (Primary) – Venue: Xavier College Library (Burke Hall)
New Books to share (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Literacy – with a focus on reading programs incorporating thinking skills and digital technologies in reading response (Dr Susan La Marca)
Guest author/Book Launch: Felice Arena, The Boy and the Spy

22 June (Secondary) – Venue: Melbourne High School Library
New Books to Share (The Kids’ Bookshop)
The Classroom Novel – tried, true and new plus resources to support taking a risk with your text selection (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Guest Author: Robert Newton, Mr Romonov’s Garden in the Sky

2 August (Primary) – Venue: Genazzano FCJ College Library
New books to Share (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Literacy – strategies to keep ALL children engaged with reading with a view to enhancing literacy achievement (Dr Pam McIntyre)
Guest author: Susannah McFarlane, The D-Bot Squad

21 September (Secondary) – Venue: Albert Park College Library
New books to Share (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Language – Yes, you can select novels rich with language and complex themes and enhance language development AND engage readers! (Laura Gordon)
Guest author: (TBC)

19 October (Primary/Secondary) – Venue: Abbotsford Convent Community Room
New Books to share (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Language and Literacy – the importance of non-fiction books in an online world (TBC)
Selecting books for awards and graduation (for both primary and secondary students) (The Kids’ Bookshop)
Guest authors: Carol Wilkinson, Ten Pound Pom PLUS two additional guests for our grand finale!

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