We are increasingly using e-learning in our programmes for students. e-Learning allows students to:
- interact with each other and their teacher in a password-protected online classroom
- collaborate with other students
- communicate with their teacher online or by email
- access and participate in online learning activities
- use CD, DVD, flash drive and MP3 files in addition to booklets and other online material
- record their learning in digital formats.
Equipment needed for e-learning
If your student’s course has an e-learning component or you’d like them to use e-learning, you’ll need to provide:
- daily access to a computer with a stable Internet connection
- a means of listening to audio CDs
- access to an email address with a recognised Internet service provider (not hotmail, yahoo or other webmail providers)
- word processing or presentation software, such as Microsoft Office, MS Works or similar.
Optional equipment for e-learning
You may also have:
- a digital camera or a mobile phone with PXT
- graphics, image editing, or drawing software
- a microphone and appropriate software
- an MP3 recorder
- a scanner
- a webcam.
e-Learning is not the only way to study. If you don’t have Internet access, your student can learn from booklets and communicate with teachers using the postal service and telephone. Your student’s teacher will talk to you or your student to find out what equipment is available, and order suitable learning material to be sent out.
Staying safe on the Internet
Many New Zealand children learn to use digital equipment (also known as ICT) at a young age. We encourage all of our students and supervisors to learn about cybersafety: using the Internet safely and responsibly.
We recommend students and supervisors learn how to be good cybercitizens. This means:
- protecting your personal information online
- behaving responsibly towards others online
- managing potentially risky situations
- supervising your student’s online activities
- being able to judge the credibility of material found on the Internet.
Netsafe website www.netsafe.org.nz
This site gives cybersafety tips for all ages.
Hector’s World www.hectorsworld.com
Teaching cybersafety to young children.