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We need to educate students how to use technology, especially the internet, in a safe and guided environment. With an ever evolving society that has new social networking site to participate in month-by-month, children need to know and understand the danger of these sites. Social networking sites can become a gateway that opens the opportunity for cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is the enhancement of an everyday bully in the schoolyard, cyber bullying allows for the bully to digitally continue their actions in the victim’s home environment without physically being there! Its scary stuff… So how do we educate students to protect themselves from this sort of situation?

The online world opens doors to a number of threatening situations… Do your students know what a “groomer” is? Do they know what a hacker is capable of? How do they know if they’re involved with “sexting?” Do they know the danger of a “keylogger?”

“A school’s duty of care obligation with regards to the inappropriate use of online technologies should be seen in the context of how and when these technologies are used by students. Many cyber safety incidents will occur outside of school hours, yet these incidents can and will impact on students within the school environment and during school hours.”

It all starts at school, unfortuanetly…

Do your students know the difference between cyber aggression and cyber bullying? It depends on the harm factor of the victim as to whether we can define an online situation as cyber bullying or cyber aggression. Cyber bullying depends on the intent, is the bully going out of their way to continuously contact and context of the messages or posts. Some children don’t know when a joke has been taken too far or when they need to stop with the joking. Educators need to help students understand the definition of bullying and when a joke can be taken too far. The online stimulation in ACMA’s cyber smart successfully demonstrates a situation of cyber bullying. Also if your students are placed in one of these situations, do they know what action they need take, what evidence they need to keep?

Do your students know that using Peer-Two-Peer software’s to download free music and films is actually illegal?

All schools have frameworks and policies when it comes to using online networks, sites and the internet in general. But do the students and even their families understand why there are restrictions on a number of websites? By incorporating both the student and their family, education systems are applying the most effective way to influence safe online behaviours and to deal with online safety issues should they arise.

Connect.ed allowed for a cyber-safety education discussing how I as an educator can incorporate the following approaches into an ICT’s classroom:

  • •directly educate students about cybersafety with an education plan
  • •embed cybersafety messages and ideas into the curriculum where appropriate
  • •encourage safe use of online technologies in other relevant program

The following link will take you to the certificate show I’ve participated in and finished all four modules on connect.ed.




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This inspiring short is a beautifully rendered reminder that social media engagement is actually disengagement from life in real time. The video, by Gary Turk, has been popping up on my newsfeed for the last three days now on Facebook. I’ve finally decided to sit down and watch it and see why everyone’s sharing it.

This video demonstrates the importance of being offline as much as we are online. When we online and looking down at screens we’re missing out on the offline pleasures and experiences that life has to offer us. As engaging and enhancing ICT’s make our lives we’re also becoming socially isolated. As … says; although we’re participating in an online group conversation it’s dis-engaging and emotionless as we type what we’re talking in isolation. We’re missing out on the opportunity to actively smile and laugh at our friends jokes, instead of typing “hahaha” without actively smiling behind that screen.

It’s an important note to make in our future educating of ICT’s that students must spend just as much time offline as they do online. For if we sit behind computer screens all day what sort of society are we producing for the future? A society of emotionless, socially isolated, anti-social alienated individuals who’re missing out on the true essence of life!

We all know we need to be offline as much as we are online, so let’s get out there and do something that doesn’t involve a technological gadget or the internet. Be spontaneous, be daring and risk the world with ICTs for a change…

Excuse me now whilst I go spend our first winter’s night around the fire in our backyard with the family…

FORMSPRING… Not a Fan!!!

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Formspring is a question-and-answer-based social networking service for social conversations operated by, Inc.

I’ve never had an account for myself but that’s based on what I saw via Facebook about this site. Facebook allowed people to share their pages’ link and questions, when I clicked on these pages the questions being asked and statements that were being made were rude and negative in my opinion. I personally didn’t’ want to be involved in a world of negativity where people are prying personal information out of you. It was a cowards world where they could anonymously asked confronting questions that they felt uncomfortable doing face-to-face with that person. In personal opinion and experience I watched arguments unfold over Facebook because of things that had been asked, answered or stated via Formspring. Yes, the whole he said, she said arguments.

I feel that social networking sites such as Formspring are a misuse of technology and the internet, as it’s a gateway to cyebr bullying and a negative space for rude cowards. This misuse of technology and internet is not what we want to be condoning for the next generation, educators should be exposing the negatives of these sorts of spaces in hopes that people won’t use them for the wrong purposes.

Digital Ownership…. Poor Fran

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At first I was ready to respond to the learning paths question of whether re-blogging was a misuse of technology… I automatically thought; “NO!? re-blogging is excellent, I’m reading other people’s thoughts and sharing their knowledge and wisdom with my followers!!!” Then I read Christina Bradleys perspective of re-blogging that they’d discussed during class and my own perspective has changed. As Christina has said, some people are only re-blogging people’s work to adhere to the course requirements and get their word counts up, an easy 5/5. “That’s not very fair…” I thought, “I re-blog people’s posts to recognise their ideas and share their findings with my followers, making full recognition to the author… This is what everyone should be doing, Right? Whilst adhering to the course requirements…”
Therefore, re-blogging does and can become a misuse of technology as we’re urging students to plagiarise other peoples work, claiming other people’s hard worked hours of thoughts and findings as their own. That is not fair and we’re certainly not using technology correctly.

On a positive I find the idea of blogging an excellent idea and way for students share information with others. Perhaps instead of requesting re-blogging students should only be commenting and discussing another’s blog post, which could then be posted to their pages. That would be a fair outcome in my opinion in accordance to Christina’s question.

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In class today, a fellow student stated that someone had re blogged her post. Dimensions of Learning Framework by Fran Gemmell was re posted by another student without any comments about how this was relevant to them as a student for a learning perspective or how it could be applied to them . We discussed, whether their re posting would contribute to their word count and required posts and whether other students were doing the same in order to meet the requirements of this course.

This got me thinking about the ownership of digital work online. Digital Ownership is defined as proprietary rights over virtual assets (Collins English Dictionary, 2000). The blog that was created by Fran and was a reflection of her learning. Applying the definition of Digital Ownership to Fran’s blog it is clear that this blog belonged to Fran. The question that we have to ask ourselves…

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It’s how baby’s come out now days…

This advertisement video popped up on my facebook last night and I thought it related to this blog and course brilliantly! It captures the idea of the next generation who’s driven by technology. By the age of three, toddlers are navigating their way through IPads and IPods and playing the apps that Apple has to offer. Alot of these apps are eductaional aswell, so children are digitally learning about maths, literacy and developing their ability to read at an earlier age! It’s amazing stuff!

The baby in this advertisment though, somewhat takes the “micky,” out of todays next upcoming generation of kids and the technology society has to offer. The baby’s doing everything from taking a selfie with the nurse, to YouTubing his birth live, he’s even navigating his way around the hospital. So there’s also another message, how much we rely on technology in the society we live in today. Technology makes life easier and the next generation is picking it up faster than the last. For example I was in Ipswich visiting my Aunty on the weekend and she was trying to navigate me by word of mouth, at first, as to the fastest way home (via which motorway, who knows!?). Anyways… word of mouth wasn’t getting through to me, I have no idea when it comes to the names or numbers of motorways and streets in brisbane… So she pulled out the referdex, I looked at that and went nahhhh it’s ok I’ll just use the Maps App on my phone… Much easier, Much quicker, the referdex was not worth the hassle… I had no idea how to use the referdex let alone use it to navigate my way out of Bribsane!!!

Some people would argue, gone are the days of riding bikes and playing in dirt! But hey, the video is merely a good laugh in my opinion… 😉

Holiday musings- ICT and Indigenous Pedagogy

This is an excellent blog post from Danielle! I’ve done numerous assignments throughout university that look at how we can get Indigenous children to school! How can we encourage Indigenous students to come to school? And once we get them there, how will we engage them to keep them there? This blog post’s answer, that I strongly agree with, is ICT’s! Indigenous students along with all children regardless of their culture or nationality want to learn by using ICTs in the classroom. Kids want to use and experiment with the latest gadget the world and our societies have to offer! It’s something new, it’s something exciting!

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On the holidays I was very fortunate to spend time with some of our dear friends. At this time they were fostering 3 gorgeous little Aboriginal children. They were primary school age but have missed out a lot of school. However what they lacked in literacy and numeracy skills they made up with in infectious smiles and bubbling personalities. They got me thinking about how I would approach planning for differentiation if I were their teacher. I turned to my old friend ICT’s for some possible answers.

I found this video called Voices from The Cape from the website Teachers TV. While it did not provide a specific answer to my above question it gave a magnificent example of how ICT’s are engaging students from Aurukun Community School. This school has the lowest attendance record of any school in QLD. This had been the case for many generations so the current…

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I was in the exact same boat as Danielle! I didn’t realise all the possibilities Skype has to offer for the educational setting! My eyes were truly amazed and opened this week during the learning path! Great Stuff!

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Skype. When you think about it you usually think of video calling one of your friends who is lucky enough to be overseas. However it wasn’t until these last few weeks where I have truly discovered all of Skype’s capabilities. 

The first one is Skype in the classroom. There are 3 ways to use this feature of Skype. 

1- Collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are.

2- Find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom

3- Take a virtual field trip anywhere in the world. 

I logged in using my Skype username and password and saw that some 79980 teachers already had active accounts and were looking for other classes to Skype with!!

There is also a massive section where experts offer their services to you and your classroom. Anyone from authors to park rangers and doctors!

There are also heaps of already prepared lessons from…

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