ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support the learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of pupil, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to empower our students with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
ICT covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning. It is vital to recognise the constant speed and constant change with which ICT evolves within our current society. Currently the internet technologies that our students use inside and outside the classroom include:
Email, instant messaging and chat rooms
Social media including Facebook, Twitter etc
Mobile/smart phones with text, video, web functions etc
Gaming on line
Learning platforms and virtual learning environments etc
Blogs and Wikis
Podcasting; Video broadcasting; music downloading etc.
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of education, much ICT especially web-based resources are not consistently policed. ALL USERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF ABOVE ICT TOOLS.
At Burton PRU, we understand the responsibility to educate our students about eSafety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using these technologies. We work closely with the Police to ensure that all our students remain safe.