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   Our Year 7 and 8 Digital Citizens.pdf

Our Year 7 and 8 Digital Citizens

We are a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school.  This means that we encourage students to bring a device to school for their learning.  This can be any device at all and our students bring a wide variety.  These are some of the things to consider, the better devices students bring, and the benefits in terms of learning:

Device attributes to consider:

  • CPU – faster is usually better but this may also reduce battery life

  • Hard Disk Drive – 160GB or more is recommended, however, now with devices that don’t have hard disk space as they utilise cloud space this becomes more confusing.  If you have internet at home and most places that you will use your device this is less of an issue.  If you don’t, you will need to ensure you have Hard Disk Drive space

  • Robustness – is your device strong enough to survive a fall or do you need extra protection like a case?

  • Insurance – while we take care to help students to protect all of their property at school we cannot accept responsibility for devices that are lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.  Please make sure it is covered for all possibilities


  • iPad / iPad Mini:  These are a great size for students to work on individually or as a pair / group.  Through their case choice students can often make decisions about sitting them flat or upright depending on the learning task.  It is possible to purchase a keyboard too for working on longer documents if this is preferred.  The greatest aspect to the iPad / iPad Mini is its flexibility.  Students can work with photos and videos.  They are able to access Google Apps for Education – Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms etc, although at times usability can be clunky if Apple and Google are not talking to each other.  There are a huge number of Apps available to learners with some excellent creative ones supplied free with the device (iMovie, Garage Band, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and iTunes U) and there are a wide range of free apps for education available on iTunes.  Some great apps like Explain Everything have a small one off cost.   Parents can set up ‘guardian’ accounts on iTunes so that students need to go through their parents for any App downloads or costs.  There is a recommended list of Apps below.  If you decide to buy an iPad / iPad Mini it pays to check which version as older versions do not get supported for updates.

  • Google Chrome Book:  A Google Chrome Book doesn’t have its own hard drive.  This means it is only usable when connected to the internet.  This makes it lightweight and extremely portable.  It has a keyboard which makes it useful for typing longer documents.  Because it is a Google product it works incredibly well with Google Apps for Education – Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms etc.  Increasingly we are using Google Apps for Education  as students are able to collaborate on these from separate devices, they can easily share their work, and teachers can comment and give feedback / feedforward throughout the creation process with ease.  They have cameras too.

  • Tablets – these are often similar to iPads but at a lesser cost.  Apps available and functionality depends on the brand.

  • Laptop – Macbook, Toshiba etc.  These are larger and heavier and therefore need to be considered carefully in terms of your student looking after them throughout the day.  As students get older they often prefer to use a laptop over an iPad or tablet.  These are the most useful for typing

Recommended Apps:

  • Google Drive and Dropbox

  • GAFE – Google Apps for Education:  Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Calendar

  • Scientific Calculator

  • Genius Scan

  • QRafter

  • Explain Everything

  • Popplet

  • iMovie

  • Blogger

  • Overdrive – links to National Libraries to loan eBooks


Our Year 7 and 8 students, unlike those of us over the age of 30, have been born into a world of cellphones, Google, YouTube and Facebook.  We have a responsibility to these students that their educational experience reflects the world in which they live, and if we do not teach them to manage themselves well on the devices so accessible to them we are not only doing them, as individuals, a disservice but we leave a sector of society without the skills to function well on these devices, with these tools.

Some fun facts:

  • The internet has been around since the 1980s

  • The first cellphone was sold on the 13th of March 1984

  • Google was founded on the 4th of September 1998

  • Facebook was founded on the 4th of February 2004

  • Youtube was founded on the 14th of February 2005

  • The majority of our 2018 Year 7 students were born in 2006 / 2007!

Due to this we are injecting a lot of learning about digital citizenship into our learning at Year 7 and 8:

  • THINK before you post / send / tweet…is it:  

    • T Thoughtful

    • H Honest

    • I Interesting

    • N Necessary

    • K Kind

  • Critical thinking so that students can be discerning users

    • Should I be looking at this content?

    • What should I do if I stumble upon something inappropriate?

    • Would my grandmother, teacher, Principal and parents be proud of me and the way I am using my device?

    • How am I supposed to be using my device at this time?  

  • Managing the distraction

    • Our devices provide us with different distractions than in the past.  In the past people may have passed paper notes or whispered…now they text or Snapchat...

    • Keeping the focus on LEARNING in the classroom – what am I learning and how can my device help me to achieve personal excellence?

    • Devices away in bags until students and teachers decide together that it is a time where devices will help with the learning

  • ‘No’ is an ok word

    • It is alright to decide you don’t want to share photos and information with others online or on devices

  • Manners on devices

    • At a young age we are often taught if we don’t have anything nice to say we shouldn’t say anything at all.  The same applies for devices.  We shouldn’t post or send anything we wouldn’t say to someone

  • Digital Footprint

    • Employers and Universities often now look at Facebook pages etc as they are making selections

    • Profiles, even when deleted, don’t just ‘disappear’ from the internet and often content posted has been shared in other places by other people

    • Students need to think about their online identity and ensure what they cultivate there is something they are proud of

Some further advice for navigating this digital world with your daughter:

  • The legal age for Facebook is 13

  • It is a great idea for you, as parents, to be ‘friends’ with your daughter on Facebook or that you encourage her to share with you the login and password

  • Keep an eye on how many Facebook friends she has and does she know all of those people personally?

  • Sharing information on Facebook or Twitter is like shouting it out into the crowded school hall

  • Once they post something they lose control over where that content can go and how it can be used

  • Cellphones and devices should charge over night out in the lounge or kitchen rather than go into bedrooms with students

  • Have similar discussions about online activity as you would when your daughter heads out with friends – where are you going?  Who are you going with?  … What sites will you go on?  Who will you interact with there?  And the same when she is finished online – get her to tell you about those sites and what she was doing there.  She can be an expert teaching you some bits about the online world!

Useful websites:

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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Erin Pickering



03) 211 6030 ext. 225