Cyberbullying

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“Cyber bullying statistics refers to Internet bullying. Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. Bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. By being more aware of cyber bullying, teens and adults can help to fight it “(Bullying Statistics, 2009).

Cyber bullying can take many forms:

  • Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email  account or cell phone
  • Spreading rumors online or through texts
  • Posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages
  • Stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages
  • Pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person
  • Taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet
  • Sexting (Bullying Statistics, 2009).

For many victims, home is not a place of harmony, “Children can escape threats and abuse in the classroountitledm, only to find text messages and emails from the same tormentors when they arrive home” (Webster, 2007, para.1).

Cyber bullying is a new rapid type of bullying that can be used in many different forms of technological advances and has many great consequences such as depression, fear, anxiety, self esteem issues as well as suicide. This is why it is important to raise awareness about cyberbullying as many teenagers find it hard to talk to someone or tell them they are being bullied.

Remember it does not cost anything extra to be nice:)

Take a BrainPop quiz on cyberbullying, here is the link.http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/cyberbullying/quiz/

Here is a video on cyberbullying, take a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmQ8nM7b6XQ Retrieved, (10/04/13)

Resources:

Bullying Statistics. (2009). Cyberbullying statistics. Retreived 10th, April, 2012 from http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

Webster, C. (2007). What is Cyberbullying.BBC News. Retrieved 9th, April, 2013 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5210886.stm

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Social Constructivism

Social constructivism is a sociological theory of knowledge that applies the general philosophical constructivism into social settings, where in groups construct knowledge for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings. When one is immersed within a culture of this sort, one is learning all the time about how to be a part of that culture on many levels. Its origins are largely attributed to Lev Vygotsky “( Sequeira, 2013).

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Four principles are applied in any Vygotskian classroom:

1. Learning and development is a social, collaborative activity.
2. The Zone of Proximal Development can serve as a guide for curricular and lesson planning.
3. School learning should occur in a meaningful context and not be separated from learning and knowledge children develop in the “real world.”.
4. Out-of-school experiences should be related to the child’s school experience (Chen, 2010).

Technology provides essential tools with which to accomplish the goals of a social constructivist classroom for example telecommunications tools such as:

  • E-mail and the Internet provide a means for dialogue, discussion, and debate this could be interactivity that leads to the social construction of meaning.
  • Students can talk with other students, teachers, and professionals in communities far from their classroom.
  • Telecommunications tools can also provide students access to many different types of information resources that help them understand both their culture and the culture of others ( Atherton, 2011).

I b1102110037[1]elieve individuals do work better when they are working together as they can each share ideas and knowledge with each other. Also through this they can gain more confidence as they are not alone they are working in a team. Social constructivism is a great way of learning as individuals can communicate amongst each other and expand their knowledge through factors such as personal interest. In addition it is a great way to learn as individuals are using their prior knowledge from their social and cultural life to try and understand a concept and with a help of a teacher this concept can be further expanded and understood.

Here is a video on social constructivism taking place in a 4/5 classroom. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pFMPSWBds, Retrieved,(10/04/13).

Interested in some social constructivism teaching ideas? take a look at the following link.http://www.timbedley.com/

 

Resources:

Atherton J, S. (2011). Learning and Teaching; Constructivism in learning [On-line: UK] retrieved 12 April 2013 from http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/constructivism.htm

Chen, I. (2010). An overview of constructivism. Retrieved April 10,2013 from http://viking.coe.uh.edu/~ichen/ebook/et-it/cover.htm

Sequeira, P. (2013). Social constructivis. Retrieved April 10, 2012 from http://web.ist.utl.pt/~pedro.sequeira/phd/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=409:social-constructivism&catid=39:q-u&Itemid=69

Mobile Learning

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Studying is no longer confined inside the four walls of the classroom. As iphones, blackberrys, ipads and other devices grow in number, learning is becoming more mobile and easier for the average student. Mobile learning is basically using portable devices such as ipads or smart phones with wireless networks, that allow teaching and learning to extend to places beyond the traditional classroom (EDUCAUSE,2013).

Mobile learning is convenient and easy. It allows you to access information within seconds wherever you are. Mobile learning can be very effective, it allows students to enjoy and learn in their own way. Research has shown “mobile devices can assist students collect data in richer, multimedia formats and make subsequent classroom presentations of their field study much more interesting”(Litchfield, Dyson, Lawrence & Zmijewska, 2007).

By using smartphones and tablet computers, students have easy access to knowledge. They use their devices as supportive ipad-apps[1]educational tools. They are now able to access to articles, diagrams, essays and other academic information which can improve student performance in the classroom. Mobile learning can allow students to have wider access to resources, make it easier and efficient to communicate with their teachers and also help children with special needs communicate and learn.

Although mobile learning can be very efficient it does have some disadvantages, it can be disruptive as students may use the devices for other purposes not related to their studies as well as it being costly and some students may not have access to such devices.

Overall I consider Mobile learning to have more advantages as it is effective and efficient and a great tool to utilise within classrooms to learn in a new and fun way.

Here is a great link for resources and tips on mobile learning.http://shellyterrell.com/free-ebooks/mobile-learning-50-resources-tips/

Just an amazing video i came across on mobile learning and how it can help children with different needs:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECs3SRh8Xo, Retrieved, (10/04/13).

Resources:

EDUCAUSE. (2013). Mobile learning. Retrieved April 9, 2013 from website http://www.educause.edu/library/mobile-learning

Litchfield,A., Dyson, L.,  Lawrence, E.  & Zmijewska, A. (2007). Directions for m-learning research to enhance active learning. In ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ascilite Singapore 2007. http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/litchfield.pdf

Promoting Intellectual Quality with an IWB

   Technology has been used as a great tool in schools. The new addition of the interactive whiteboard has given the opportunity for teachers to be able to utilise the IWB into their lessons. An interactive whiteboard is described as a “tool for education that promotes the development of skills and multiple intelligences” (Campregher, 2010).
Although the first interactive whiteboard was introduced and released in 1991, it is only in the last several years that the whiteboard has become a must have tool in the K-12 classrooms (Teich, 2009).

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 Though some teachers find the IWB very useful, some teachers actually find it very hard to use and believe it disrupts their way of teaching. I however believe that the use of IWB are very effective with proper use and training. Some teachers’ may use the IWB to create engaging lessons such as a matching activity where students use their fingers or pen to match the items. I actually created a lesson on IWB software just recently and created a similar activity.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn better when they are fully engaged and that multisensory, hands-on learning is the best way to engage them (Teich,2009). Interactive whiteboards facilitate multisensory learning whether it is a collaboration exercise for math problem solving or an Google Earth tour of the Amazon rainforest. Campregher (2009) study shows “ that the use of the IWB in a constructivist frame can enhance the learning process and influence learning styles as well as increase students motivation”.

There are many ways of using the interactive whiteboards in the classroom: Interactive_whiteboard_at_CeBIT_2007[1]
• Multimedia lessons and presentations including audio and video
• Collaborative problem solving
• Showcasing student projects and presentations
• Virtual field trips
• Recorded lessons that can be used by substitute teachers
• Documentation of student achievement (Campregher, 2009).

Here is a link to a website with interactive whiteboard games. Enjoy:)http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/

 

Here is just a quick video on digital learning i found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5ySocUyI7I, Retreived, (9/04/13).

REFERENCES :

Campregher, S. ( 2009). Effects of the Interactive Whiteboard(IWB) in the classroom, Experimental Research in Primary School. Retrieved April 10, 2013, from the The future of Education website: http://www.pixel-online.net/edu_future/common/download/Paper_pdf/ENT34-Campregher.pdf.

Teich, A. (2009). Interactive whiteboards enhance classroom instruction and learning. Retrieved April 9, 2013, from the Benefits for Teachers and School Professionals web site: http://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/benefits-of-interactive-whiteboards.htm