Messenger Kids is a video calling and messaging app from Facebook. It’s recently become available in many countries worldwide, but is it right for your child or students? Let’s weigh up the pros and cons.
Teachers, are you confused by terms like copyright, public domain, and Creative Commons? You don’t need to be a legal expert to master the basics. Find out what these terms mean and how to teach them in the classroom.
How do we keep children safe online while ensuring their technology use is positive and purposeful? This digital dilemma faces educators and parents worldwide. I offer 10 tips for parents in the form of a printable poster and invite you to share your own advice.
Digital citizenship education is increasingly important. We want to empower students of all ages to use technology safely, enjoyably, ethically, and purposefully. This post outlines a 4 step approach to covering digital citizenship education, whatever your level of experience. There’s also a set of 11 posters for your classroom.
This post aims to give teachers and schools some quick tips about personal online conduct and also how to navigate internet safety in the classroom. Feel free to share the poster infographic with your colleagues!
This is a guest post for the classes and students participating in the Student Blogging Challenge. It offers a choice of three activities to learn about digital citizenship. Even if your students aren’t taking part in the challenge, they are welcome to try the activities and leave a comment!
Digital citizenship education is increasingly important. We want our students to be safe, happy and ethical online; just as we do in the offline world. I have outlined some tips on how to approach digital citizenship education, along with resources such as a poster for your classroom.
Please note, this post was last updated in 2018 and I no longer update this website. Back in the days when technology lived in a computer lab, students were often advised on the narrow topics of cyber safety/internet safety as well as cyberbullying. While still vital concepts, changes in technology use have given rise to […]
I recently published posts with 10 Internet Safety Tips for Students and 10 Internet Safety Tips for Teachers. If parents, teachers and children can all work together to build a culture of safe and positive internet use, problems can be minimised. Internet safety is a topic that should be regularly and authentically discussed in classrooms, staffrooms […]
Last week I attended a presentation by former police officer and cyber safety expert, Susan McLean. There was a lot to think about at this session and I wrote a post with 10 Internet Safety Tips for Students. I do have some concerns about the way some teachers conduct themselves online and promote internet safety […]
Last night I attended a presentation by former police officer and cyber safety expert, Susan McLean. She addressed many issues around internet safety, cyber bullying, sexting, problematic internet behaviour and digital reputation. Internet safety is something I try to address frequently and authentically with my students. I have found education around this issue to be […]
There are so many free online tools out there that are fabulous to use in the classroom. These tools can potentially allow your students to create, collaborate, communicate and express themselves in a multitude of ways. To find recommendations of tried and tested online tools to use in the classroom with step-by-step instructions, visit my […]
Recently I read on the oz-teachers mailing list a warning for teachers about using social networking sites unprofessionally. This UK article, suggests that teachers should be cautious of what they post online and check what information is available about them. Teachers are warned that schools are scouring social networking sites and googling potential candidates for […]
Note: this is not a critique of the Ultranet, rather it is advice on choosing the best platform for your students to get the most out of blogging. Over the past few months I have been approached by countless teachers asking for help and advice with the same issue… Their school leadership has told them […]