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Take This Lollipop

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Take This Lollipop….Whoa! This was scary! I am but one of the few of my friends who does not put any personal information on my Facebook account for this very reason. This may be due to growing up in an error when digital technologies such as mobile phones and internet were not around, or perhaps due to my age, but either way I have always been very careful when it comes to what information I put online. I also have to say I almost did not engage in this experiment due to the fact that it says they will access your profile and friends. I never accept these kinds of links when other friends share, due to my suspicions. Only due to the fact it was Uni related did I agree. You can never be too careful and this clever campaign certainly brings awareness to that in a very direct and impacting way by use of powerful filming techniques and sound effects. I applaud the makers of this video for highlighting an issue that is very real.

I wonder if Take This Lollipop will have any of my friends reconsidering what information they share.

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Keeping Track of Who Visits Your Blog

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I recently came across a blog called How to See Who Visits Your Blog. They discuss a fun site called Statcounter which shows all kinds of information such as:

  • How many people visited my blog today?
  • Who links to my blog?
  • Does my blog show up in search engines?
  • What are my most popular posts?
  • Do my readers click on the links I recommend?

I think Statcounter would be a great tool to use in classrooms blogs to motivate students to want to improve on their blogs.

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Connect.ed – Cybersafety and Cyberbullying

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This week I learnt more about our ‘digital footprints’ through completion of the Connect.ed modules which covered topics of cybersafety, cyberbullying and our digital footprint. Connect.ed is a self-paced online Cybersmart education program that offers teachers or parents the knowledge and confidence to educate their students/children on how to stay safe online.

So what is a ‘digital footprint?’ See Amy’s blog by clicking on the link below. Amy provides a good description and outlines effective ways of managing one’s digital footprint.

What is a Digital Footprint and how can we keep kids safe?

I found the modules on the Connect.ed website very insightful and extremely useful. I particularly liked the simulations in which I became a 14 year old girl and then an 11 year old boy. Nothing like a ‘real’ experience walking in the shoes of the younger generation to really understand the pressures of social media, from their perspective.  I would highly recommend any parent or teacher to complete these modules to not only highlight the awareness of cybersafety and cyberbullying to children, but to build on their own understanding of the topics.

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MysterySkype

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This weeks learning path introduced me to yet another great way to use Skype in the classroom – MysterySkype. This is a great educational game where two classrooms participate and the students ask each other questions to ascertain where the other classroom is located. A great tool for teaching geography, history, languages, mathematics and science in an interactive and fun way that can be used for all age levels. Follow this link to learn more about how to get started in the classroom.

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Skype in the Classroom

 

In the past few weeks I have discovered a very valuable and highly effective ICT tool that thousands of teachers are already using in their classrooms. SKYPE. Of course! Skype in the classroom…why had I never considered this! Well, I am just grateful to have been enlightened to this concept and the many possibilities this fantastic tool provides to enrich the learning environment.

So I busily start Googling and come across this blog that has “50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom” which also provides Skype ideas for teachers and parents. Added to my Feedly page! I then discover Danielle’s blog about the many benefits of Skype. Danielle talks about  ‘Mystery Skype’ an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype.  I love it! I will definitely be using this one in my future classroom, to engage the tech savvy kids of today.

This classroom blog called Knowglobe – Classrooms Around the World  provides all the people and classrooms they have Skyped with demonstrating what a great teaching tool Skype in the classroom can be.

 

 

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Kid Friendly ICTs

 

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Researching for assignment 2 has led me to some great kid-friendly online resources. I was searching for a blog program that would be safe and easy for Primary school aged students to use. I came across Kidblog – a resource created by teachers for teachers. What I love about Kidblog is there is no need for student email addresses or personal information on set-up. The teacher has full administrative control over the user accounts and can access and monitor student posts. Kidblog has no ads and has simple navigation menus where students can easily find other classmates blogs.

Fellow student blogger Gillian, has provided some great kid-friendly online information resources. I really liked the Kidspace and KidRex search engines! Thanks Gillian, these are a great addition to my online resources toolkit.

 

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Connecting Students Globally – Expanding your PLN

I was having a look around online to see how other teachers were using blogging in their classrooms and I came across this great blog…

‘How to Connect Your Students Globally’ 

This teacher had just returned from the Flat Classroom Conference in Hong Kong and blogs about a key component from the conference – connecting students. She provides inspiration and some highly useful social network links for expanding your PLN and connecting with other teachers across the globe, to collaborate on projects in the classroom. She provides a link if you are looking for a classroom to connect with from a particular city or country, or a list of international teachers who are blogging and/or on Twitter. Another link I found particularly useful from this blog was the ‘Five Tips for Creating a Global Classroom’.

I was so excited to find this blog! This is something I want to be doing in my future classroom as I continue to look for opportunities to expand my PLN. So what is PLN? Personal Learning Networks are the people with whom you interact with to exchange, or share information, usually online. Speaking of expanding my PLN… I came across Courtney’s blog and  she has shared a great resource called – The iTeach Hub. Courtney says – “iTeach Hub is a new website, and is usually updated with news and online resources every day. The aim of this website is to encourage and support people with links to quality educational resources.”

I love this resource and will be glad to add it to my teaching toolkit.

The following video called ‘The Networked Student’ is one of my favourites that demonstrates the benefits students can reap by expanding their PLNs.