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Safer Internet Day Online Wellbeing Guest Panel Discussion

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Today, on Safer Internet Day, Webwise will broadcast a short webinar for post-primary students reflecting on the role technology has played in our lives this year and explores ways to help students manage their online wellbeing. The event will provide an opportunity to hear about the experiences of figures from the world of entertainment, sport, cyberpsychology and the tech industry.

Joining the discussion are: 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott; Cyberpsychologist, Dr Nicola Fox-Hamilton; Public Policy Lead for Kids and Families at Google, Dr Alicia Blum-Ross; All-Ireland winning Dublin Footballer Eamon Fennell. The discussion will be hosted by Webwise Youth Advisory panel member Billie Constantinou. The event will be available online today via Webwise.ie and can be found on the Webwise Ireland Facebook and Twitter channels.

Continuing Professional Development CPD

Safer Internet Use in the Classroom

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A one-hour, short online course for primary and post primary teachers, Safer Internet Use in the Classroom, is available on TeacherCPD.ie until 18th June. The course has expert information, practical tips and advice from other teachers.

Please check the course description for suitability and then enrol with your Scoilnet account via TeacherCPD.ie.

SPHE teachers: Teaching Internet Safety

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A three-hour online course for post primary SPHE teachers on Teaching Internet Safety in the SPHE Classroom is available on TeacherCPD.ie until 26th March. This e-tutor supported course aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to raise awareness of the risks and threats in digital environments and prevent potentially harmful online behaviour by your students.

Please check the course description for suitability and then enrol with your Scoilnet account via TeacherCPD.ie.

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Evaluating Sources

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Keep an Eye on your Research! Evaluating information sources is an important part of a research activity. Encourage students to think critically when choosing the sources of their information. Factors to consider include timeliness, the author, and its relevance.

Discover more tips on evaluating sources of information with Scoilnet’s top tips. Once you have the basic research skills down, you’ll know exactly where to go to find the facts!

A Reliable Source

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Have your students ever struggled with an assignment about a topic they know nothing about? Did they know where to start?

World Book Online is Scoilnet’s recommended go-to source for information. Articles are written by experts, reviewed by an editorial process, and based on strong credible evidence. The content spans all class levels and is available 24/7 from any device!

Using Historical Sources

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Primary sources are documents, images or artifacts that provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a historical topic. For example, these may include newspaper articles from the time or video recordings.

Some primary sources may be judged more reliable than others. Sample primary sources include the Irish Newspaper Archive (Free access through Scoilnet) and the RTÉ Archives.

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Share your Safer Internet Day plans

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While Safer Internet Day looks a little different this year, getting involved is easier than ever.

Webwise send free online safety packs to any school, organisation, club, or community groups taking part in Safer Internet Day. While Safer Internet Day takes place today, February 9th, you can decide to highlight SID on any day that suits you – just share your plans with us and we will send out free wristbands for your participants. These can even be used as part of plans to promote online safety later in the year.

Support #SID2021 by encouraging schools, parent groups, organisations, and the wider community to get involved and sign-up! You can also find lots of ideas, inspiration, lessons and resources on our dedicated #SID2021 Hub.

#BeKindOnline

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This year for Safer Internet Day in Ireland, Webwise is calling on people to #BeKindOnline. With technology being such a prominent part of everyday life, it has never been more important to recognise the impact that our online behaviour can have on others. The #BeKindOnline campaign highlights the importance of empathy and respect online and encourages people to manage their online wellbeing.

Why not join in the online campaign by sharing what #BeKindOnline means to you and encouraging others to do the same!

Webwise Parents

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Parents have an important role to play when it comes to online safety, and Safer Internet Day is a great time for parents to have a chat with their child about internet safety.

The Webwise Parents Hub is a fantastic resource for parents, with practical, jargon free advice on a range of topics including screen time, image-sharing and social media.

There are lots of helpful explainers on the most popular apps children might be using, for example TikTok or Fortnite, along with helpful videos from psychologists, education and online safety experts on topics such as consent and respect online or managing technology in the home.

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Purchasing Frameworks

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These updated Frameworks assist schools in acquiring quality products and services, including internet security, as well as ensuring good value for money.

The Procurement Framework process will greatly simplify purchasing ICT hardware for schools.

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Recruitment

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PDST Technology in Education are currently looking for applications for an Instructional Designer (permanent position). Please see the link below for further information.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, February 26th, 2021.

CESI Conference 2021 – Final Reminder!

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The 2021 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place online on February 27th, 2021. The title this year is ‘Adapting Digitally to a Changing Reality‘.

2020 presented educators across the sectors with numerous challenges, and many have adapted to this changing reality by adopting a variety of new and innovative digital teaching and learning practices.

Registration is still open.