I.C.T & What Can My Child Do In Google/EduBuzz Apps?

All children have now been issued with their user names and passwords for their own EduBuzz/Google Apps Accounts.  This allows them to access Internet Based Apps at home and school, and if you already have a Gmail account this will be familiar to you.   The children are, with your permission, allowed to access this at home and it would benefit them if they were allowed to.   We have been looking at Internet Safety, and discussed what they are and are not allowed to do at home.

As well as accessing the Apps in a Web Browser, most Tablet and Phone App Stores have separate Google Apps that can be downloaded to use them.   If your child is using a tablet, phone or computer at home they have been told they must log out if it is a shared device.  If they have their own username or password to protect the device, they can save their passwords)

To date your child has been shown how to use the following apps –

  • Google Drive
  • Docs
  • Slides
  • Sheets
  • Email (been told allowed to email anyone know in Edubuzz, family members they live with, family members or friends not on EduBuzz with parental permission)
  • Google Classroom (Posts etc shared by the children are only seen by the class and myself as this is a private, safe online environment that is not public)

Hangouts

Some of the children have asked if they can use this to message each other.  They have been told they can use it to send text-based message to people they know as long as their parents know they are doing it.

Google Photos

We will be using this app SOON and more info will follow.  Photos or albums shared can be accessed at home but photos should not be downloaded or printed without permission of the parents/children involved).   Your child can upload photos of their own to their Google Photos if you are aware they are doing this.   These photos will not be published publicly on the internet and is just a facility your child can use with their account.

Blogging

We currently have a class username and password for creating posts for the class blog.   This cannot be used at home or be shared with others and is for school use only.

What Is S.A.R. and What Should My Child Do At Home?

In P5/6, all the children get an opportunity to choose a book each week from the School Library and get opportunities during the week to read it in class.

Unless they have a book from a Reading Scheme, this book should be kept in their blue bag and taken home each night with their Reading Record.

It is your child’s responsibility to –

  • Read at home the number of times asked in the weekly homework (usually at least 3 x 15 mins – twice on their own and once with a parent)
  • Record the date, pages read and if they read at home or school.
  • Add a comment about the plot, characters, what the enjoyed e.t.c.
  • Ask their parent once a week if they can either listen to them read or discuss the book with them.
  • Bring the books and records to school daily and hand in records to be checked on a Friday each week.

It would be helpful if parents could –

  1. Encourage their child to read the number of times they have been asked to
  2. Listen to or discuss the book with the child once a week
  3. Sign when they have heard them read or discussed the book
  4. Encourage the child to keep the book and record in their blue bags

If your child finishes their book at home and have not read the number of times asked, they should read a book from home and note they have done this.

P.E. & Class Equipment

It would help things run smoothly if you could support your child to remember to bring the following to school:

-A full P.E. kit with a change of top, bottom and gym shoes – labelled and kept in P.E. Bag.  Jewellery should not be worn on P.E. days.    Old trainers for when we do P.E. outside.

-Water bottle with their name on it for water.

-Reading Books and Reading Records should be brought into school daily in Blue Reading Bags.

– a pencil, sharpener, rubber and ruler (NOT novelty items for them to play with!).