At the moment, only members of the teaching profession can access the Ultranet, but all that is about to change. First, students will receive a letter with a username and password to allow them access to the Ultranet. Younger students will get help to set up their username and password at our school, older students will be encouraged to do this at home. The process, as far as we've been told, should be fairly straightforward. The password each child will receive will be temporary only, and they will need to change it the first time they log in to the Ultranet. The instructions will be enclosed in the letter they’ll receive and as we learn more about it, we'll try to send home some tips and tricks! Every student will also have to set up 3 'secret questions'. These will help children re-set their password, if (and when!) they forget it!
Once each child logs on, they will be able to explore the Ultranet. Of course, initially, there won't be much to see as we make plans on how best to use this great new resource to enhance the learning of our students. Don't be disappointed if there's nothing there - there will be soon enough! The use of the Ultranet is one of the biggest and most significant innovations we have seen in a really long time. We want to make sure we are using it to it’s full potential, and as we haven’t seen Release 2 yet either, we might take some time to learn about it ourselves first before we invite students to join in the fun! Parents will receive usernames and passwords later on in the year. They will have access to ‘Community Spaces’ – where they can join school groups and committees they belong to. They will also have access to the Learning Portfolios of all of their school-aged children, who attend State Schools (even if they are at different schools).
This great tool will revolutionise how we teach, how our students learn and how parents are involved in their schooling. Look out for more info in coming weeks!