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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Assignment #12

     For this post I am to create an assignment in the spirit of what Dr. Strange and staff in EDM310 could have devised. I am to brainstorm a concept, write the instructions, and then complete it. At first it sounded more like "Go choose the instrument of torture that we will use on you!" But very quickly I got on board and had a good time brainstorming and following my directions.

     This entire semester in EDM310 we have been learning and using many types of technology. Most of these applications have been new to us. We have watched videos and read blogs concerning the importance of technology in the classroom and empowering the students to think for themselves, guide their own learning, be curious, and to spark their creativity. What has not been covered is the first step that comes BEFORE they ever sit down in front of the computer. Plenty of time must be devoted to Internet Safety.

The theme of this assignment is: Internet Safety

     For this assignment you are to create a Glogster using eight examples of: text, images, photos, special effects, and two examples of audio or video. You may add more than ten examples if you wish. I encourage you to explore and be creative with your display. Register as a "Teacher" for future use. Once registered you may start your glog at Glogster EDU.

     We have seen a Glogster in action a few posts back in the Dr. Wendy Drexler/Seventh Grader  video: Welcome to My PLE. A Glogster is an interactive poster/blog. A "graphical blog" of sorts where the reader can interact with the content, hence the name.  It is more fun and creative than a paper poster-board presentation and there is no glue, tape, or construction paper scraps to clean up!     

Here are a few videos to get you started: Ten Ways Schools are Teaching Internet Safety, Andrew Lee, Cyberbully Free, Daniel's- Basic Glogster Use, Beyond the Basics. There are many, many more instructional sites that you can explore. Be creative, and focus on the quality of the content. This presentation could easily serve as your "jumping off" point when introducing technology in your classroom for the first time. Having your students collaboratively create their own will reinforce the ideas you deem most important to their online safety. Enjoy. Be Safe!

     Here is my Glogster. There are two embeded links that will open another window in your browser when your mouse rolls over them. A red circle will appear right before the new window opens. My Glogster is aimed more towards the early elementary student. I believe that after reviewing this Glogster presentation to my class along with adequate discussions on the topic of internet safety they will understand the importance of privacy and ettiquette on the internet.


  1. Awesome concept Laura. I really feel what I have missed is how to keep the Internet safe for my students.

    1. I believed that safety and technology needed to ride side by side. Safety concepts and directives will vary with school districts. EDM310 is not geared to explain or teach us about netiquette, or how to be responsible cyber citizens. I believe we should know this already. But our students may or may not have this guidance or understanding.

      No matter the age; ever student should be exposed to cyber manners and what to do when things do not go as planned. This Glogster presentation, aka-sensory overload, is the sidecar to this discussion. As a parent I would never let my child leave my side without being being properly instructed on the how/why/when/what/who as it pertains to their person safety, expectations, manners, and limitations. I see little difference in etiquette between being in person and being on the web. Unfortunately there are no web police to monitor traffic and make sure that everyone is honest and truthful. The individual must be taught the rules of keeping themselves safe while surfing the web and interacting with the public.

  2. Awesome Hun! This will definitely come in handy. Love it!

  3. Ash,

    You have your 'bully' campaign. And mine is responsible internet usage. I will have safe surfers, and respectable cyber citizens. In our two subjects there really is no grey area. I believe it all stems from manners. Some people seem born with them. Some learn them early on. And some need frequent reminders on how to conduct themselves privately and publicly. Let's hope we make the impression that sticks!

  4. Great idea. The assumption that children know internet safety can easily be taken for granted because it comes second nature to most of us these days.

  5. I wish my brother had been able to see this before he discovered the internet--he, like so many others, seems to believe that what you say on the internet doesn't "count" in "real life," as if what you've said quits existing when you step away from the computer.

    I think that's one of the reasons people are so rude on the internet--they believe that what they say, no matter how hurtful, doesn't affect anyone beyond the computer screen. That plus the anonymity the internet allows them makes for some ribald people.

    Your idea is wonderful, and I hope you use it when you become an elementary teacher. We could use some more politeness on the internet.

  6. Thank you for the kind words Emily. Anonymity is a blessing and a curse....think of the issues that the invisible man (any movie version, that is)and you will understand. Unfortunately, too many people have believed that their pictures, conversations, movies, tags, status', etc are of no consequence. But how misguided they are or were. Many job seekers are finding that out the hard way. Internet use can sting like a wasp and continue to sting years down the road.
    Widespread access to the internet was, for many people, similar to the bull in the china shop. Too many people running amok, doing as they pleased, and with no regard to their fellow user. Times have changed and caught up to a few of the unlucky ones. Responsible usage is now part and parcel to all internet use within the school up to and including signed documentation on behavioral expectations. I fully believe that early intervention is best and I DO plan on educating my students on good cyber citizenship techniques.