Mary Immaculate High School will provide a curriculum that embraces 21st Century Learning, this involves staff utilising modern and innovative technologies that enhance pupil outcomes. At Mary Immaculate High School we are committed to engage the wider community as part of our digital learning experience. We will create resilient and independent digital learners at home and in school.
As a result of the Successful Futures report in 2015 it was recommended that all learners in Wales experience Digital skills within each subject in equal to other key skills such as Literacy and Numeracy. As a result, the Welsh Government has released The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) and is the first element of the new curriculum for Wales to be made available. Digital competence is the set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for learners if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society.
Digital competence should not be confused with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) or Computer Science. Digital competence is one of three cross-curricular responsibilities, alongside literacy and numeracy. It focuses on developing digital skills which can be applied to a wide range of subjects and scenarios that are transferrable to the world of work. However, it is not intended that digital competence should be artificially imposed into all subject areas.
The DCF sets out the digital skills to be attained by learners aged between 3 and 16-plus years across four strands.
Interacting and Collaborating
Data and Computational Thinking
· Identity, image and reputation
· Health and well-being
· Digital rights licensing and ownership
· Online behaviour and cyberbullying
·Storing and sharing
· Planning, sourcing and searching
· Evaluating and improving
· Problem solving and modelling
· Data and information literacy
E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.
The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect young people from the adverse consequences of access or use of electronic media.
Please find below a series of helpful links that will answer some important questions regarding keeping safe online. It is very important that you make use of these resources and will become increasingly important as the Digital World continues to grow.
- How do I keep safe online?
- What is your Digital Footprint?
- What is social Media?
- Online Bullying
- Fact or Fiction? Don't be fooled online!
- What are appropriate online friendships?
- Should I be sharing images?
- What’s the safest way to communicate online?
- Social Networking
- Instagram Checklist
Many parents will find that the technology that they used in school or are familiar with is most probably obsolete and the Digital World that your children experience is changing at a rapid rate. It is near enough impossible to keep up with the digital opportunities that your children have and as a result it is very important to ensure that they are safe online.
Below are a series of excellent resources that can support you and your child with staying safe online and using digital devices.
- What is social media?
- How should your child keep safe online?
- Who should your child trust online?
- What is Online Bullying?
- Fact or Fiction? Don’t be fooled online
- A Parents guide to game and app ratings
- What type of Images should your child be sharing?
- What is appropriate Gaming and screen time for my child?
At Mary Immaculate High School we have used 7 key apps named the Magnificent 7 to focus on key areas of the Digital Competence Framework. These apps are used across the school to allow our pupils to create and share digital content in effective ways.
Here are the support resources available for pupils, parents and staff: