Learning Analytics - Parent Launch
This past Monday 18 February, parent access to Learning Analytics went live. Students and teachers have been using Learning Analytics for the past 12 months and now parents are able to log in to view relevant academic data about their students. I will be doing a small information session about Learning Analytics at each information evening throughout the year, but I will also regularly write about it in the newsletter.
As students are yet to submit formal assessment in 2019, Learning Analytics currently shows only their past academic data. However, as the year progresses and students begin to receive assessment results, these results will be available to parents and students in Learning Analytics. For Middle and Senior school students, this information will include individual assessment results as soon as teachers enter them, allowing parents to receive feedback much much sooner compared to waiting for the end of semester report.
Additionally, Middle and Senior students are currently setting academic and non-academic goals for Semester 1, storing this information in Learning Analytics. Parents are encouraged to access Learning Analytics and discuss these goals with their children.
Accessing Learning Analytics will require parents to use the Parent Portal, available at our.stlukes.qld.edu.au
Information about the Parent Portal and instructions on how to use it are available on the School website at https://www.stlukes.qld.edu.au/community/online-portals
Monitoring / Blocking Electronic Devices
The School is occasionally approached by parents requesting information or advice about limiting access to electronic devices, or the internet, at school and at home. There are a number of aspects to consider about this and, generally, they all result in a trade off between ease of use and preventing unwanted behaviour.
While at school, and accessing the School network, students are protected from potentially harmful internet access by the School’s physical and software-based security systems. These systems prevent students from accessing pornography, violence, suspicious websites and illegal downloads. Furthermore, interactions using school-provided communication applications (email, chat) can be retrieved so that appropriate digital behaviour can be addressed through Pastoral Care and the School’s Behaviour Management processes. Beyond these mechanisms, the School promotes responsible use of electronic devices rather than blocking everything. This means that students are able to access various other applications, including games, but are only able to do so at appropriate times. Please see Mr Collin’s newsletter article for more detail on this.
As a BYOD school, St Luke’s does not have the authority to install monitoring software on student-owned devices. Even if the School had the ability to install such software, parents across the School have different philosophies on digital interactions and thresholds for what they allow their children to do. As such, for parents who choose to limit their children’s devices more than what is described above, it is necessary for them to install monitoring / blocking software on their children’s devices.
It is worth noting that mobile phones often pose a bigger risk than a tablet or laptop, because they provide unfiltered, high speed connections to the internet. The School cannot restrict the 3G/4G (and soon 5G) connections that mobile phones use in any way. Concerned parents who opt to install parental software on their children’s devices should look for the products that also protect mobile phones.
Mr Matthew Hughes
Head of Learning & Innovation
St Luke's Anglican School