Sunday, February 27, 2011

Comment Glog

I've created a glog on how to comment.  I wanted to make it simple and easy to read for all ages.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Student Online Safety

Online safety is very important when students begin venturing online - even in preschool!  Here are some great sites to use for students young and older:

The Google Family Safety Center is a nice place for parents and educators where they can find advice, and tips on how to keep kids safe online. We need to teach children how to be safe online, both at home and in school.

Internet Safety with Professor Garfield is offering lessons on online safety, cyberbullying, fact or opinion and forms of media. Each lesson has three parts, watch, try, and apply.

Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - great site for junior high students

Common Sense Media - great videos and lessons for students of all ages

Growing Up Online is a wonderful site for older students, educators, and parents about the effects of growing up in a digital world.

Think U Know Cyber Cafe is a virtual environment where students can practice their online safety smarts. In the cafe, students will help virtual kids make good choices when using email, texting, instant messaging, web browsing, creating an online personal space, and chatting in a chat room. Students are guided through a variety of scenarios where they must help the virtual kids make the right decisions about using the Internet.
From:  http://www.ilearntechnology.com/


Phineas and Ferb are popular Disney channel characters. They have a video to help students learn internet rules and online safety tips. 


Sid's Online Safety Guide - I use this site with my 3rd graders.  They needed to read more than the site speaking to them.  After each challenge, they received a letter to be used at the end to create an important phrase.  They definitely got the message!


I Keep Safe - The 2nd and 3rd graders went to this site.  They liked the games and there are two links to other good internet safety sites:


Net Smartz Kids - the popular site for my student - I don't know if they got the message without discussing the sites before, during or after playing.


McGruff Games - this is more general child-safety.  There is an internet safety site as well.


BrainPop Jr Internet Safety - great site for younger, just emerging online students.


Cybersmart - great site for students of all ages, teachers, and parents.


Through the Wild Web Woods - my 4th graders liked this site!  They go through the wild web woods to learn about internet safety, find clues, and reach different levels.


Webonauts Internet Academy:  get your web license - question/answer about internet 




How do YOU stay safe online? 

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Alive!

It's Alive!


I have begun the Student Blogging Challenge!  After finishing the Teacher Blogging Challenge, I wanted to take the next step and involve my students in the challenge.  

Background:
I am a technology teacher for a private school in Joliet, Illinois, USA.  I've been teaching Technology since 1999 but have been a first grade classroom teacher 7 years prior to my present position.   I teach Preschool - 8th grade students who are involved in many global activities.  Read my blog for more about global projects.

Target Group:
I have decided to have the 3rd graders embark on the blogging quest with me, simply because they are not involved in a global project and they are very eager to try new things!

Goals:
My goals for this blog, primarily, are to communicate effectively with other classrooms around the world and to give my students an opportunity to show proper communication skills with blogging.

Roadblock:
Not being a classroom teacher presents a challenge.  When reviewing blogs, I didn't see many technology teachers who have one particular blog for their classroom or computer lab.  I don't know if I want to have a blog for each grade.  I do many other projects where I feel I wouldn't give sufficient time to the individual class blogs.  

What am I blogging for?
I'm blogging for my students!  I would like to give all of my students an opportunity to blog - to communicate with other students and classrooms from around the world!  But, I would like the students to have a special section or time of year when it's their turn to blog.

My thoughts - my goals - my hopes - for my students!