There are lots of things online that can be harmful to our students if they are not informed. There are many ways that people can get personal information from our students that can be used to harm them and the growing use of cyber bulling is something that we have to deal with. One question that gets asked a lot is who should teach our students about internet safety? Some people think it is the parents and others the teachers. Even teachers can't decided on what teacher should teach the kids about internet safety Some think just the computer teacher. In an ideal world how should we be teaching internet safety? If this is a topic that you do not have much back ground knowledge on I would suggest doing a bit of reading on the topic. If we are asking or students to use technology then we should make sure we know what then need to do to be safe. (I can tell you from personal experience many kids are TOTALLY clueless when it comes to their safety on the web).
I know that several of you teach at the post secondary level but one of the big changes is taking place in MO is the introduction of the Common Core standards. With the change to Common Core we also get to move away from the MAP test. There are several tests out there for the Common Core. Listen to the story from NPR and then take one of the sample tests. I looked at the 3-5 English test and I know that when I think of my 9 year old sitting down to take this test I am not sure how well it would go.
Some things to think about:
What do schools do that don't have the technology to test the kids?
How do we teach students to take a test on a computer?
Links to PARCC Field Tests
Right now many buildings are in a BYOD situation. I am one of those this year. Next year I will be 1:1 iPads in 6th grade and might be 1:1 in all grades. Many teachers are facing these same situations. What are some of the pros and cons to both? Is one better than the other? How does is change classroom management? Who is responsible for teaching digital citizenship and internet safety? What responsibility fall on the teachers and what falls on the media specialist? These are just a few of the questions we face as we integrate more technology into our classrooms. Find an artical about BYOD or 1:1 and share your findings. Share your feed back and the link to your artical.
This blog is for class conversations for Ed 514 at Central Methodist University. We invite input form other teachers about how they use technology in their classrooms.