| Posted on 31/05/2014 - 18:05|
A modern education requires the Internet, without exposing students to the many online dangers. School Smart is a fully-managed student-centric Internet solution, allowing parents, teachers and guardians to jointly set and monitor access to the web.
Schools have a duty both to educate and protect their students; a task which has grown ever-harder with the spread of the internet, along with the smart phones, tablets and laptops used to access it. Issues such as cyber-bulling and sexting are never far from the news. Increasing mobility within the EU, coupled with increasing migration from outside it, create an ever-greater need for individually-tailored learning experiences appropriate to the student's age, curriculum, language and culture. This need is increasingly at odds with the 'one size fits all' approach to the Internet, typically adopted by schools. There is little or no capacity to monitor vulnerable students online, nor to allow (for example) appropriate access to social networking during break times.
School Smart will facilitate parents, teachers and guardians all working together to effectively manage students' online access, balancing both educational and safety needs. Each student's access will be managed via Individual Control Profiles via a common web interface, to fully control their Internet access based on age, curriculum, language, culture and time of day. Teachers will add new access levels as the curriculum, progresses, whilst parents and guardians will be able to set boundaries around social media and overrule access to certain sites for whatever reason (such as cultural or religious beliefs). For vulnerable students, School Smart will flag up certain events or behaviours. An award would pay for a working prototype, based on existing Cyberair products (www.cyberair.co.uk).
Target group and social impact
The Target Group is school students, plus all those involved in supporting their education (parents, guardians, teachers). The likely social impact is improved education which takes better account of diversity, leading to improved economic empowerment and prosperity. The emotional health and wellbeing of students will be improved through better boundary setting and monitoring of their online activities in a way that is fully co-ordinated, both at home at in school. Schools will gain the tools needed to more fully engage parents and guardians, with respect to looking after their charges online.
Competences of the applicant
School Smart is a Joint Venture between Cyberware and Railfast. Cyberair is a service from Cyberware (www.cyberware.co.uk), who have extensive experience in design, implementation and management of networking software and hardware since 1996. Railfast Intermodal Limited (www.railfastintermodal.com) is an innovator in multimodal logistics and IT, with support under the ERDF (HiTechRail) Programme.
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