Resources

Readings and Reflection
This week's reading focused on Cyber Bullying. The authors explain that the internet has created a whole new world of social communications for young people. They are using e-mail, web sites, instant messaging, chat rooms and text messaging to stay in touch. For the most part kids interact positively however increasingly youth are using these communication tools to intimidate and antagonize others. This is called Cyber Bullying. Cyber Bullying is on the rise, a Media Awareness Network survey in 2005 showed that 34 per cent of Canadian students have been bullied and 27 per cent of those kids are bullied over the internet. The authors argue that the anonymity of online communications allows kids to feel free to do things online that they would not do in the "real world." Media Awareness Network research from 2005 shows that 60 per cent of students pretend to be someone else when they are online. Of those, 17 per cent do so because they want to "act mean to people and get away with it". Even if they can be identified online, young people can accuse someone else of using their screen name. They don't have to own their actions and if a person can't be identified with an action, fear of punishment is diminished. Cell phones have also increased the amount of Cyber Bullying. An increasing number of youth are being bullied by text messages through cell phones. Cell phones are challenging the ability of adults to monitor and guide children because mobiles are personal and private. It is very important for teachers to be aware of Cyber Bullying because it can be happening in their classroom. The author suggests four initiatives for schools in order to prevent Cyber Bullying:

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1. Integrate curriculum-based anti-bullying programs into classrooms,
2. Educate teachers, students and parents about the seriousness of Cyberbullying
3. Change the school or board's bullying policy to include harassment perpetrated with mobile and Internet technology,
4. Update the school or board's computer Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to specifically prohibit using the Internet for bullying.


Lesson Plan Presentations
This week six groups presented their student and technology centered lesson plans.
1. Grade 10 Great Canadians Lesson
- Student research an important Canadian online
- Create a page on a class wide wiki including specific information
- New way to the traditional biography
- Good presentation on how to research online
2. Grade 9 Poetry
- Examine the imagery in the poem/song "The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot
- Students find pictures that represent each stanza of the poem and create an explanation to describe why they picked that specific picture
- Interesting and engaging activity
3. World Religion
- Students create a presentation about Aboriginal religion using Prezi (an online alternative to PowerPoint)
- Six topics that must be included
- Prezi is very cool, different from the same old PowerPoint
4. Grade 10 Science
- Optics unit
- Good hook - interesting video from Discovery Channel
- Student-centered webquest using ExploreLearning and quizmos
- Very interesting and exciting for students
5. Grade 9 Science
- Earth and Space unit
- Celestia program (like Google Earth but better) neat but seems a bit complicated
- Good quiz on GoogleDocs
6. Religion
- Students are to create a personalized and contemporary video of a gospel value or parable
- Bible Gateway website is a very good resource for religion teachers. I especially like how you can choose the version you are reading from.

New Software and How to Use It
1. Ontario Education Resource Bank - OERB
This site has more that 19 000 resources for teachers. A password is needed from a school board to access the website. Below is one of the resources I found a online quiz about Canadian identity. This would be an excellent resource for history teachers. It is a short online quiz that is nicely designed. It would be an excellent hook for a Great Canadians unit.


2. Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee - OSAPAC
This site offers hundreds of pieces of software that are available for teachers to use at home or in the classroom. OnComic_Life_logo.jpge piece of software that is available on this website is called Comic Life. Comic Life can be used to create a comic, magazine, poster, family tree, and much more. I would use this program in an English or history classroom to create comics about characters from a text or a historical event. This program would put a new twist on English and history assignments.


What I have learned this week...
1.Cyber Bullying is becoming a larger problem in today's schools. As teachers we must to everything possible to eliminate Cyber Bullying in our schools and support victims of Cyber Bullying. 92289680.jpg
2. There are several useful website and resources available online for teachers use.