eLearning

Readings and Reflection
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This weeks readings focus on web filtering. The article outlines both sides to an on-going debate about whether the government should establish national web filtering guidelines. In other words, should the government control what young people are able to see online? The first author, Juan Camilo Rozo Osuna argues that their should be a web filtering system. He explains that the internet is a dangerous weapons and like guns should be controlled. He argues that disastrous information is available online including hate pages and webpages promoting anorexia and illegal organizations. Osuna says it is our responsibility to protect students from the dangerous information available online. On the other side of the spectrum, Christopher Johnson argues that there should not be a national web filtering service. He thinks that creating a web filtering service would be doing a disservice to our students. Johnson agrees that we must protect our children from the dangers online however he argues that instead of cutting off the inappropriate content we should teach them the skills they need to safely and ethically access information online. Johnson says that the place for this to be taught is at school. He calls for a curriculum review and change that includes net surfing skills that will allow them to become good digital citizens in the 21-st century. After reading the article I agree with Johnson. There is no way to protect students from online material 100% of the time. Therefore we should teach them to protect themselves.


Lesson Plan Presentations

Below is our lesson plan and the resources needed for it.

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/





This week seven groups presented their student and technology centered lesson plans.

1. Geography (Grade 9)
- Excellent eLearning program that describes push/pull factors, very student centered.
- Interesting passport activity.
- G-cast website very useful. Allows you to make podcasts using cell phones.
2. History (Grade 10)
- Webquest teaching students how to research
- Very important topic
- Interesting resources
3. Chemistry (Grade 9)
- Research element from periodic table
- Post to a wiki and share with the class
4. English
- Create a comic using the program called Comic Life about "Midsummer Night's Dream"
- Interesting and different assignment
5. History (French Immersion)
- create a podcast about the Voyageurs
- fun group project
6. Exercise Science
- EATracker.ca a really interesting website that could be used for any nutrition unit
- I like how the site ties in the Canada Food Guide
7. Math
- Interesting idea to use NASA and funny movies to get students engaged
- Allowed students to use computers to complete math problems.


New Software and How to Use It
1. eLearning Ontario
- growing in popularity in Ontario and across Canada
- allows students to work from the comfort of their own home and on their own schedule
- uses Learning Management Systems to help teachers to deliver their curriculum
- Teachers are beginning to use free alternatives such as wikispaces or GoogleDocs to create online courses
2. Skype
- Skype allows you to make free calls over the internet and web chat
- Skype can be used in the classroom in several ways
- Guest speakers who cannot be physically in your classroom can talk to the class over Skype
- Classes at different schools with one teacher, teaching over Skype


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1. There is no way to completely protect youth from online dangers, therefore we must teach them to protect themselves.
2. There are many programs that we use everyday that can be useful in the classroom.
3. Online learning is becoming very popular in Ontario.