Sunday, May 29, 2011

Digital Citizenship: Four Basic Tips If Cyberbullied

What happens if you are cyberbullied? What should you do?

Cyberbullying is when someone contacts you online or includes online content about you that is mean, threatening, or hurtful.  Always tell a trusted adult.

1. Ignore it. Don't respond.
2. Save the evidence (text message, IM, Facebook page, etc.). Take a screenshot, if possible.
3. Tell a trusted adult: your parent, a teacher, etc.
4. If necessary, contact the administrators of the site or contact the authorities.


Our students have been learning from Netsmartz on how to be safe online. We've watched and discussed many videos and scenarios. Last Friday, we reviewed the main points. Then we left the classroom with partners, pads, and pens for a "Walk 'n Talk."  Partners walked, talked, and wrote about the issues of cyberbullying, creating scripts to share tips with other kids. Back in the classroom, each partner pairs prepared and videoed their skits, sometimes calling their teacher (Code name Shee) in an improptu part in their skits. In one class period we reviewed tips, wrote scripts, and videoed the skits.

Enjoy our work and learn what to do if you are cyberbullied:

Link to full screen here.

Listen to the engagement. Think about the verbs, "the DOing" by students to learn and understand what to do if one is cyberbullied:

Understand the content.
List the content.
Explain the content.
Organize the content.
Share and edit the content.
Collaborate to share and edit content.
Plan, design, and produce the content.

These are essential skills of the 21st Century. The tool engaged students and allowed application and practice of the skills. 





What did you learn?  What was the most important tip?  How did we do?

Be sure to check out  Netsmartz for more information on Internet Safety.

cross posted at  What Else and Eagles Write

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrate Teacher Learning of Google Apps


Learning with Google Apps: Six teachers completed their first course in Google Apps:  Introduction to Google Apps in Education at Nespelem School.” 



The focus: Learn and Implement Google Mail, Calendar, and Blogs with an emphasis on family and global connections.
Our Stories
We learned mail, calendar, and blogging in seven one-hour sessions. The exciting part of our class occurred after each session.  Ms. Sanger, Miss Wells, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Adolph,  Miss Van Brunt, and Mrs. Armstrong-Montes would practice on their own by logging in and using the tools. They emailed, chatted ideas, created calendar events, and shared events and calendars. They organized their email through labels and filters and felt more comfortable each time.  An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussions.
After each teacher created their own blogs, they explored designs and gadgets to enhance the look of and information in their blogs. Most teachers have a separate calendar page on their blogs for their class events. During class, we customized the sessions for the needs of each teacher: some needed to learn to include pictures, others wanted to add to their calendars, and one already added links for parents.  
Blogs




Each teacher created a blog to begin a class newsletter written bi-weekly next year as we start a new year. 

Please look at their first issues. 

Note the similar addresses to help families remember:  nsd + last name.


Please visit and comment !



Learning with Google Apps...
Goals
Envision a model for effective communication with staff, students, and families to build skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in elementary and middle grades.
Email -- Email to families as notification of activities; contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites.
Calendar -- Note events; share and embed calendars in blogs
Blogs -- Document classroom events; allow comments by students and staff

Evaluate possible literary activities and/or staff/parent connections including management techniques to ensure successful implementation in their own teaching setting.

Email -- Email to families as invitations or notification of activities; share sites to contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites; use labels and filters to organize email
Calendar -- Collaborate with others classes (ours or other schools) using calendar to plan/set-up shared events or meetings; embed calendars in blog pages
Blogs -- Plan a bi-weekly post of class lessons and student work -- set a reminder in your calendar

Explore each application through overview, exploration, videos, review/question, and implementation to build literacy skills and/or parent/staff communication.
Each session includes: Presentation, Tips, Literary Connections

Find pragmatic solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation.

Mail: Your own preferences, such as disable threaded conversations in settings; label or just search; call families through gmail if phones are out
Calendar: Share/Add Events/Reminders/Personal and Work calendars
Blogs: Edit any post (Settings--->Postings--->Edit posts)

Follow-up implementation with starter sheets and tips to plan and conduct literacy/parent communication activities in their own teacher situation. An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussion.

The Basis: Simply Said




Further Information




Further information about our course, including presentations, videos, tips, and literary connections can be found here (this site):


Create, Circulate, Connect, Collaborate, Consider, Curate

Staff and Students… for lifelong learning…

Technology: greater productivity, meaningful data, empowering instruction and learning...

What will our next course be?

Cross -posted at  http://tech.nsdeagles.org



This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Teacher Blogs Need Comments

Please take time to welcome our new teacher bloggers from our school. They have set up and posted on their new blogs. Let's congratulate them as they join us on our journey into the cloud.

Students: Give them a safety tip on Internet use. What is the most important thing they should know about Internet safety? What would you like to them to write about on their class blog?

Teachers:

Remember when you started blogging?  What tips could you suggest to these new bloggers?



Students:

Our task:
  1. Click to a teacher blog.
  2. Congratulate their new blogging skills -- design, content, ideas.
  3. Give them two safety tips on internet use, one of which is the one you think is most important.
  4. What would you like to know about their class? What should they post about? Help them get started :)
Our links:


And Teachers:

Remember when you started blogging?  What tips could you suggest to these new bloggers? Thank you!



Be the best blogger you can be by commenting on their blogs.

Cross-posted at Eagles Write and What Else


This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you.

Reflect Curiosity and Wonder...
Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Writing for Earth Day

Did you know March 22nd was World Water Day? In our writing class, we did. We researched the issues surrounding our water supplies and the problems in not only our country but in other countries as well. We wrote about our research and wrote them as comments to our blog:  Earth Day Writing Contest. You follow our research steps on that blog post.

Many students sent their research as essays to Them Dam Writers who had sponsored an Earth Day Writing Contest.  And guess what ! Our students took First, Second, and Third!

Here are the winning essays, and you can read all our work in the comments of the Earth Day Writing Contest blog post.

Aly's comment is not posted; I'll look for a copy of her essay to post later.



Quill wrote:
Did you know that the earth’s water is becoming contaminated all around the world? Many people are becoming sick because they don’t have access to clean water. Tanzania, a country in Africa, has 44 million people and 44% of that does not have access to clean water. 1.1 billion people around the world doesn’t have access to water. The water people drink that is contaminated probably looks yellow. Did you know that the earth’s surface is 70% water? Imagine the percentage of the water is contaminated. It’s probably alot! We should conserve our water the best we can, because many people would be thankful to have healthy water to drink.To help people, how will you help conserve water?
TISH penned:
Did you know Water Day is annually celebrated on March 22? Water Day was recommended at the 1992 UNCED center. Water can do so many good things to us and our land. But did you know that water can do many bad things too? The water in tsunami’s can harm many of the buildings, and and people, cars, and boats. So water can be used in many different ways. What are the ways you use water?
Water is in oceans and rivers, both places where fish and sea creatures live. But when we do bad things with the water we can kill all of those creatures. When we pollute the water and waste it, other people may need it more than we do, so if you ever waste water just think, the children in Africa need it more than we do.
Kids in Africa do need it more than we do because all of their water is polluted and dirty. When they drink it they end up getting sick or maybe even dying. So just imagine you are in Africa and you see little children running to the river, barefooted, and they do not have any water; they look really hot and tired. They are very little and sad. You see them sweating but no water to drink. They may end up dying or getting sick because of the loss of water. So just be thankful that you have water to live and be hydrated. Also in Africa the people drink so much water that there were places where there used to be deep water; it was gone because they drank it all. So just imagine that you are at you local river and it was very deep. Then in about three months, it is only about as tall as your knees. You used to be able to swim in the river and jump off a dock. But now that the people had drank it, all they have a chance to never go swimming in a long time after that. If they tried to go swimming or jump off the dock they could hurt themselves.
So when you think of water, think of it’s your whole life because, Every drop counts!

Every drop of water counts, and these students learned how important it is to the world. They also learned how powerful it is to share information with others.

Congratulations, Student Writers !





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