Welcome to all educators taking part in the ELSA Pilot. We hope you’re as excited as we are! We’ve included some key information and resources for you on this page. You can also access our other educator pages via these links:
- Manage your children and classes
- Professional resources (contact us for the private link)
- Community of practice (CoP)
Checklist for educators
Before you can start with the ELSA Pilot, we need a few details from you. Below is a checklist for you to follow.
1. Become an approved ELSA Pilot user
Only nominated staff of a participating ELSA Pilot centre can log into the ELSA apps. To add your details to the list, please ask your director to contact us or phone 1800 931 042.
2. Consent to participate in the ELSA Pilot
Consent for children
All children participating in the ELSA Pilot need a signed consent form from a parent or legal guardian. This consent form needs to be completed before children start using the apps.
Parents and legal guardians can access the online ELSA Pilot consent form – children. Alternatively, educators can email parents and legal guardians a link to the form: https://tinyurl.com/consentELSA
Consent from educators
Each educator also needs to to fill in an educator consent form to participate in the pilot.
3. Professional resources
If you have not attended an ELSA workshop, or you need a refresher, take some time to explore our Professional Resources page to help you run the ELSA Pilot in your centre. Contact ELSA for the private link to our Professional Resources page.
ELSA recommends you follow the Experience, Represent, Apply model to implement the pilot. Enable children to Experience a concept first with a hands-on activity. Then Represent this concept on the ELSA children’s app in a game format. Then follow this engagement with opportunities to Applythis concept to their own environment.
A great way to help children connect with STEM ideas is through children’s literature. This STEM Booklist (PDF) has some fantastic books that promote STEM Practices.
4. What’s next?
When the first ELSA apps are released, you will receive an email notifying you to download them from the App Store or Google Play, and a quickstart guide for setting up the apps.
The first thing to do is to log in with your details and verify your identity. Make sure you are a nominated staff member at your centre, as we need to have your details in the ELSA system to give you access. See step one (‘Become an approved ELSA Pilot user’) for more information.
If you have any questions or need help with these steps, please contact ELSA support.