Many teachers and guardians are often concerned about students working online, but as the online world becomes a larger and larger part of life, it is imperative that schools model and support appropriate online behaviour.
Insideadog provides an opportunity for students to post material and interact in a safe environment, and to learn to work in a collaborative and supportive manner in an online space.
Content and comments are moderated on Insideadog for inappropriate content before being posted. This system is phased out as commenters become “trusted” by the system, until the most trusted commenters are posted live to the site. Insideadog does maintain a filter for key words on all posts that will automatically capture abusive terms.
DEECD has extensive material online to support both staff and students in working safely and effectively online.
Learning On Line is the Department’s hub site for digital learning.
Tips for Teachers gives good general advice for working with students online.
These tips on cybersaftey have been created for students.
Cybersmart has resources for students, parents and schools.
Tips for working online
Students need to register to use the features of insideadog. This requires them to create a user identity, and allows them to upload an avatar that represents them. Students are not required to use their full name or an identifiable photograph of themselves when creating this identity. This simple step has several advantages. As insideadog is a public website, it serves to protect the privacy of your students. It also allows them to maintain some anonymity when posting their reviews comments and other content, which can allow reticent students more freedom to explore and contribute.
If students in your class have registered using personal details you would rather they did not share, please contact us through the contact link and we can edit these listings.
Insideadog offers a student handout with tips and resources for working online. This includes guidelines on constructive posting, material on protecting identity online, and a selection of sites to create user avatars.
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