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The college runs a regular series of workshops to develop understanding of the role of technology in our students lives and also as forums to discuss issues. The following is a list of presentations for that have occurred recently across the college. 

 

GETTING TO GRIPS WITH VIDEO GAMES 

Wednesday March 22nd 2017 - 8:30-10am
Dover Campus Conference Centre
 
For many parents video games are assumed to be a source of crass, shallow thrills. A game, it's understood, can look spectacular, but it will have little to offer its audience in the way of values, insights or craftsmanship. It's a curious and increasingly untenable situation, given that, games are rapidly establishing themselves as the single most exciting and vigorous creative industry around.
 
This presentation examines the pros and cons of gaming, and hopefully resolves many of the concerns parents have about allowing their children to interact with this powerful medium, while also providing some strategies for managing problems that can arise for some students.
 
Please click here for an extended narrated version of the presentation, or here to see the background research. We have also collated a list of frequently asked questions about gaming.
 
Everybody Games is reliable website outlining the appropriateness of different games in a balanced manner.
 
Ben Morgan - Director of IT
Sean McHugh - Digital Literacy Coach
SUPPORTING RESEARCH AT HOME
Tuesday March 7th 2017 - 10:30-11:30am
Dover Campus Conference Centre
 
We will explain and showcase some of the strategies that we are sharing with our students, to help them become effective researchers in a digital world. 
 
To access the list of essential research databases or to ask questions please access the following links. You will need to sign into our school portal with the parent details to access the first list of databases and passwords. 
 
 
Kurt Wittig - MS/HS Teacher Librarian (Dover)
 
GROWING UP IN A DISTRACTING WORLD
Tuesday Feb 28th 2017, 10-11am
Dover Campus Conference Centre
 
This workshop will look at strategies that we recommend to students to find a balance in their digital life. We will look at methods of self-control and organisation to help students whilst doing homework and using their laptop. We will finish by unpacking strategies and tools that parents can use to help track and have informed discussions about their child’s laptop use. 
 
To access and install our two recommended apps please click below and follow our guides.
 
Focus App - for student self control and blocking
Rescue Time - for tracking time and usage
 
Andrew McCarthy - Asst Director of Learning Technologies
Karen Cockburn - Middle School Vice Principal (Pastoral)
 

DEMYSTIFYING SOCIAL MEDIA
Tuesday Feb 14th 2017, 10-11am
Dover Campus Conference Centre
 
What should parents know about Instagram? Should you be concerned about Snapchat? What are some appropriate uses of social media for teens? This session will unpack the rising use of social apps for sharing photos and communicating among young adolescents and provide parents with practical tips to begin conversations with their child. 
 
For comprehensive guides on the many different social apps, please visit the excellent Australian eSafely website
 
Andrew McCarthy - Asst Director of Learning Technologies
Karen Cockburn - Middle School Vice Principal (Pastoral)