s Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention Resources Stay up to date with the best research and activities for children's emotional growth and well being. CYKE provides information to parents concerned about their child's emotional health. Discover techniques to manage outbursts and emotional meltdowns. Learn about signs that might warn you to seek further help. There is also in-depth information on a range of medical topics. tag(s): adhd (26), adolescence (6), behavior (37), bullying (49), emotions (24), preK (220) In the Classroom Be sure to post this on your website for parents to consult at home.
Updated Cyber Smart Links and Resources Over the past 10 weeks I have been involved in a large number of Cyber Smart presentations to parents, students and teachers. Over time I have found with the speed at which sites change and information is updated means that emailing links out to participants is sometimes not the most effective method. This page contains all the current sites and information covered in my presentation as well as large number of other sites that you might find of value. Sites - General Information and Help Google Online Safety - Australian Government - NZ NetSafe - Childnet International - ThinkuKnow - Cyber Safety Sites for Children and Parents Parents - Hectors World - A site for young children to explore online safety.
Teaching the (non)Controversy part III: A Hijacked Blog about Teaching Digital Citizens about PLNs This was originally going to be a blog about how kids communicate based on my reflections of the last two weeks of the #BYOTchat (Thursdays 9pm...where all the cool educators hangout). I was going to talk about the increase in students using twitter over facebook. How a huge factor in this seems to be the adoption of facebook by the students' parents. This was going to branch into a decision making matrix about distinguishing when we are trying to reach out to kids (in which case, be where they are) from when we are teaching kids to be attentive to their communications responsibilities (in which case, set the expectation and don't coddle). This will not be that blog. Teaching the (non)Controversy, Revisited Note: this is part three, but can be read without the other two. I thought that would probably be the end of the discussion (for the time being). [Interlude One] One of the assignments I give in the last month of the #digcit class is a weekly analysis of a technology article. Indeed.
Do More With Siri Using The New iOS 7 Siri Commands If you find yourself fumbling with your iPhone to make a simple phone call, locate and launch an app, set a reminder or wake-up alarm then you’re probably not using Siri enough. If you still don’t know about Siri or you’re new to the iPhone or iPad, Siri allows you to issue voice commands on your device, saving you the trouble of all the tapping, typing, and searching by hand. Siri was first introduced with iOS 5, back in 2010. We have covered what you can do with Siri, from calling people and making restaurant reservations to dictating messages and notes using the voice to text feature. In this article I highlight some of the new commands in the iOS 7 version of Siri, as well as suggest some tips for getting the most out of the feature. Your First Siri Command Your first Siri command couldn’t be easier. The list of Siri commands you see are related to all of the default iOS apps. Phone Calls and Messages Voice Command Control Center Launch Applications Play iTunes Radio Station Siri Settings
10 Tests of Good Digital Citizenship 10 Tests of Good Digital Citizenship Entrepreneur Matt Ivester, in his book lol…OMG! What every student needs to know about online reputation management, digital citizenship and cyberbullying, does a terrific job coaching students through the gray areas of communicating online. I highly recommend the book for every high school and college-age student. Older readers are encouraged to read the book too. Instead of telling students what to do, or not to do, Ivester offers ten measures that may help them judge their actions and make decisions about their digital future on their own. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The final test is Your Test. From lol…OMG! [Photo credit: Writing a Poem, Kristina Alexanderson] Tags book review, digital literacies, higher ed, netiquette, social media
Cybersmart Outreach Presentations and Get Cyberstarted To inform and assist teachers, children and parents about online safety, Cybersmart Outreach offers free cybersafety presentations in metropolitan and regional centres throughout Australia. All presentations and workshops provide valuable information about the risks confronting children online and offer appropriate tools and strategies to help make their experience safe and positive. Learn more about Internet safety awareness presentations » Learn more about Get Cyberstarted » Professional development programs Cybersmart Outreach offers a number of Professional Development (PD) programs for educators ranging from the fully accredited face to face workshops through to online learning programs via the Connect.ed portal. Learn more about the PD program » Learn more about Connect.ed » Pre-service teacher program Pre-Service Teacher program is an interactive lecture and tutorial program designed for universities. Learn more about Pre-service teacher programs »
Teaching the (non)Controversy Part I: A Marketplace, Corrupted In celebration of passing 5,000 page views on my blog (THANK YOU SO MUCH), I thought I would change things up a little by mixing the typical rant up with a problem that I don't necessarily have an answer for yet. (Please note, I will be writing about "controversy" in this blog. Please take the content of my claim into consideration even if you disagree with the examples) But first, check out my Pin (Pinterest Board)!: get thisFlat Earth JD Ferries-RoweTeach the Controversy (ok, in all honesty, I am also trying to figure out a use-case for Pinterest in education as well. Interlude 1: The debate topic a few years ago in Lincoln-Douglas was over mandatory vaccinations. Despite other books Despite celebrity spokes people Despite air time on evening news programs and screen time on websites The scientific community had put this "controversy" to rest through the process of epidemiological study, scientific method, and peer review. Sounds like 21st Century skills to me. Fast-forward to 2012.
8 Easy Exercises To Help You Stay Fit At Your Desk How many hours a day do you spend sitting? Whether you’re gaming, freelancing or have a hardcore desk-bound job, you’re probably not moving enough. Not everyone has the time or ability to leave everything for 2 hours and go for a run or a bike ride, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Find some you can do. Tap Your Feet This is an exercise you can do without getting up, even while you’re working. The only downside to this simple exercise is the noise it makes. The Praying Position Image via Yan Trokel This is a great arm exercise you can do from anywhere. A variety of this exercise is to hold your hands together tightly and try to pull them apart instead of pushing them together. Shoulder Stretching Are you hunched in front of your computer all day? Elbow To Knee This exercise uses your hands as well, so you can’t do it while working or typing, but once you get used to it, you can definitely do it while reading from your screen. The Wall Sit Image via greatist.com Hip Flexion Squeeze!
Summary of Findings The nature of personal information is changing in the age of Web 2.0. The vast array of data points that make up “personal information” in the age of online media are nearly impossible to quantify or neatly define. Name, address, and phone number are just the basics in a world where voluntarily posting self-authored content such as text, photos, and video has become a cornerstone of engagement in the era of the participatory Web. The more content we contribute voluntarily to the public or semi-public corners of the Web, the more we are not only findable, but also knowable. Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago. Unlike footprints left in the sand at the beach, our online data trails often stick around long after the tide has gone out. Few monitor their online presence with great regularity. Among adults who create social networking profiles, transparency is the norm.
Anti-Bullying Advice and Child Safety Practically Applied: A Month of Creation in #digcit One of the struggles that I have had teaching computer classes and even adult professional development over the years is the artificial nature of the exercise. While there are a few notable exceptions and tried & true lessons, the teaching of computers is typically taught as a series of artificial "problems" and walk-through solutions. Students for the most part recognize this and go through the motions to a greater or lesser extent depending on how much they value their grades. Thus, when we decided to recast the curriculum for Computer Applications as a course in Digital Citizenship (#digccit) based heavily on the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students, one of our implicit goals was to make the student experience more real and more relevant. Context: Brebeuf Jesuit runs a modified-modular schedule. The course has built-in discussion time where students bring in articles on technology trends, news, or events that they have discovered and share with the class.
Rhode Island: Come For The Lobsters, Stay For The #edtech Rhode Island: Come For The Lobsters, Stay For The #edtech by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher & Learnist Evangelist The edtech scene is heating up in Rhode Island. This week, five companies showcased their platforms to a sold-out crowd at Providence’s Founder’s League. The Providence event was co-sponsored by innovation center Learnlaunch, incubator LearnlaunchX, and EdTechRI, an organization bringing together educators and entrepreneurs solving problems in education. The movement is spreading. Providence is heating up for edtech as well as startups in general. Startup Weekend organizer Sergio Ferreira hopes this will bring more exposure to the innovation happening in the Ocean State currently as well as give guidance to companies just starting out. Events like these are popping up in Rhode Island more and more. If you’re not native to Rhode Island, the only exposure you may have had is watching Family Guy. I’d love to write about it. 5 Learnist Resources For Teachers
SAFETY: Protecting Your Digital Footprint « Digital Family Summit- Teen & Tween Digital Influencers & Their Families Digital Family Summit- Teen & Tween Digital Influencers & Their Families Knowing your digital footprint- what your internet use leaves behind- is very important. Just like in real life, every step we take online provides insight into our person. And don’t be fooled, even though you can’t see it, people are watching. That’s why it’s so important to protect that digital footprint, to somewhat wrap your reputation in virtual bubble-wrap. There are a few steps you can take to make sure that you are giving off the right impression of yourself. Social Smarts: Be mindful about what you are posting on your social network channels. Longevity: Remember, what goes online stays online. Privacy IS the BEST Policy: Only allow those people who you know IN REAL LIFE to have access to your personal information. Stay Clean: Posting provocative or inappropriate pictures or posts online is only asking for trouble. Press Ignore: People you don’t know who are making inappropriate requests? In the end, protecting your digital footprint is a lot of common sense and real life experience.
How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? As a child, I grew up in a world that was dominated by left-brained thinking. Both my parents were in professions that required in-depth analytical thinking. The “rule” in my house was: “If you break something, try to fix it. Only THEN come ask Dad for help.” Dad was an avionics engineer and had an incredible mechanical ability. He could fix anything, and he instilled within his children a desire to understand how things work and a hunger to ask questions that clarify thinking. Looking back now, I realize something I never understood then — what he had instilled was an ability to think critically. Several months ago, as I was visiting one of our diocese schools, I was fascinated that a first grade teacher was actually teaching critical thinking to her students within a math lesson. The addition sentences were easy for the six and seven-year olds. Shortly after my classroom visit, I came across a website dedicated to teaching critical thinking. ‘How do you know what you know?’