Living and learning safely with the net

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(This is the public version of this course - see the discussion tab for background info)

Please note that this course is in the early stages of development - by all means leap in and help us develop it - indeed part of the plan is that folk studying the course will extend and enhance it - cos we know from experience at the OU that the folk who learn the most are the folk who design the courses rather than the students who study them.

If you want to discuss aspects of the course then post a message in the forum - or feel free to add to the course directly here ...


Activity O-1 The introduction

Allow 20 minutes for this activity

Read the course introduction. Make sure to read the section on 'course safety issues' as these are of critical importance.

Web technologies

Activity WT-1 What are web 2.0 technologies

Allow 1 hour for this activity

What are web 2.0 technologies?

Activity WT-2 Audit

Ideally this will be an interactive web form that you fill in – when you've finish you will be able to click a button to get a summary of what you need to do next.

As a starting point we may just have to go with a nice table that folk fill in and then work out for themselves where their development needs are ...

Developing your own use

Setting up your course blog

Throughout the course you are expected to reflect on your experiences of studying it - and a blog seems like an appropriate tool given our focus on Web 2.0 technologies. Alternatively you could use your user page as a Bliki

You can find information on how to create your course blog here and setting up a bliki here.

How do I use x

Developing your own use of web 2.0 technologies

Applications of web technologies

Activity AWT-1

Allow 1 hour for this activity

Exploring how web technologies have been used to support learning

Activity AWT-2

Allow 1 hour for this activity

Add another example of an application of web technologies to L2SN applications of web technologies.

Safety issues

What are the risks

Web safety - what are the risks

Discuss the risks

This will take you to a page that explains what you have to discuss – linked with the key points that you identified in the previous activity.

Supporting learning

We need to develop the pages about this ...

L2SN supporting learning

Frameworks and guidance

We need to develop the pages about this ...

Pulling it all together

This activity needs to be developed, but will be something like: In this task you will reflect upon your own practice and development – referring to relevant frameworks – drawing on the activities throughout the course.

  • Starting point = original audit
  • Reflections upon my own development (my blog)
  • 3 safety issues, legislative frameworks and your personal/professional context (a compendium map)
  • Supporting learning

Some potentially useful links

A course on games in education - provides links to lots of interesting (free) online games and prompts/questions that focus your thinking about how these games work.

[ =14543 E-safety issues in using Web 2.0] has now been published by Becta and is available along with the other reports from the "Web 2.0 technologies for learning at Key Stages 3 and 4" project.

The Byron Review in March 2008 highlighted the issue of e-safety

Know IT All for Teachers

This is a resource aimed at helping teachers, trainee teachers and adults working with children understand and address the e-safety issues children are potentially at risk of exposure to. It was developed by Childnet International, with support from the TDA, Microsoft and Becta.

Know IT All for Teachers is based on research with academics and 400 trainee teachers from University of Southampton, Canterbury Christ Church University, Middlesex University and University of Brighton, e-safety training was recognised as a requirement for current trainee teachers, existing teachers and other adults working with children. The resource is aimed at the secondary sector and builds on the success of Know IT All for Parents which, in its first six months, was distributed by schools to some one million parents.

Know IT All for Teachers was officially launched on 10 December 2007.

The new UK Council for Child Internet Safety was launched today - see here:

The establishment of this was a key recommendation in the Byron Review:

Web 2.0 and Emerging Learning Technologies

This is a textbook which focusses on many if not all the issues we need to address in our course - magic ...

Or is it?

Read it and see ...

Web 2.0 technologies for learning at KS3 and KS4 - Project overview

SLOODLE Demo Course

Developed for the recent Scottish JISC-RSC Virtual Worlds event, there is a new SLOODLE demonstation course available online and in Second Life.

In an attempt to both demonstrate a range of the tools available, and how they might be used, the course uses a mock curriculum (Sound and Music) as a context for a self-paced tutorial exercise taught in Moodle and in Second Life.

The course starts here:

You will need to create an account at to access this - you can create an account on the login screen if need be.

The course works as a solo tutorial, but some activities will work best if undertaken as a small group. The complete tutorial should take from 90 minutes to 2 hours or so to complete - but you can drop in and out as required.