The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
This year's Safer Internet Day 2017 (SID2017) will be celebrated on Tuesday 7th February and is an international event with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'. A global initiative involving more than100 countries, the day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues, through a topic that reflects current concerns.
Are you using your mobile device too often for too long? In this digital age, it is important to manage screen time and to monitor usage, especially for teens whose mobile phone usage is often a barrier to getting the right amount of sleep. We recommend screen time tracker apps like RealizD and Moment which visually showcase how much time you actually spend on your device.
We have some handy tips for our teachers who are completing Concepts and Practices for a Digital Age through the Mt Alvernia Professional Learning Centre. The infographic outlining the do's and don'ts for teachers using social media is a useful resource to assist them as they develop their PLNs as part of the course.
Recently, a US judge ruled that the famous Led Zeppelin hit Stairway to heaven was similar enough to an instrumental by the band Spirit to necessitate a jury trial. If the jury finds Led Zeppelin guilty of copyright infringement, the band could be made pay huge sums of money in damages. At Mt Alvernia, students are taught that respecting the creative and intellectual property of others is their moral, ethical and legal responsibility.
CiteMaker is the new online referencing tool we are currently introducing to our students. It is a citation and bibliography maker that allows students to format their assignment reference sources using the APA reference style. You can find CiteMaker under the iReference tab on the iCentre website.
Mobile phones - we all have them, but do we all know how to use them appropriately? An important aspect of digital citizenship is mobile phone etiquette - for example, is your answering message on your phone polite and appropriate? The following video will help you with #smartmanners as it explains texting, ring tone rules and what to do when a friend won't stop looking at their phone.
Snapchat is a popular messaging app that allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, texts and videos and send them as messages to other Snapchat users. Every Snapchat message has a viewing time limit ranging from 1 to 10 seconds, as selected by the sender. However, users need to be informed about the 'temporary' aspect of the service, and as with any social media-sharing tool, be cautious and thoughtful about which images they send.
The services offered by the iCentre are many and varied. This term, we are preparing our Yr 7 & 8 students for their digital licence which will give them the skills and knowledge to work online in a digital environment safely, legally and ethically. For digital citizens, this is an essential skill for the 21st century.
You can now find the iCentre on Instagram @icentremta. Follow us and see what is happening in the iCentre via this popular online, mobile photo and video sharing social network platform. Responsible use of Instagram by students is an important aspect of digital citizenship, and this will be modelled for them by our iCentre account. Follow us and join in the fun and also see how other libraries are using this social media tool.
We love exploring the potential of social media in the iCentre so we model and use a number of social media channels to connect with students to enhance their learning, to allow them to collaborate online in a meaningful way, to contribute to the online conversation and to share with their community of learners through their PLN (Personal Learning Network). Everyone is welcome to join the conversation by following us on Twitter and Instagram, liking us on Facebook and following our Pinterest boards.