Sunday, 28 November 2010

Online Dangers for Children and Teens

Yesterday La Nación newspaper published an article about online dangers for children and teens. According  to a survey conducted by LoJack and , 56% of Argentine children between 12 and 15 years have shared personal information with strangers in a social network. And 29% have admitted that they have had direct contact with people they met through this medium.

The article points out that banning surfing the net is not the way to prevent cyberbulling or sexting. It is advisable to teach children to share  neither personal information online about themselves  not their family without parental permission. Adults should help kids  become aware of the risks they may have if they use and interact with teachnology - PC, cell phone or webcam- without responsibility.

Further reading:
Internet Safety for Elementary School Students Handbook                                                                

    Friday, 26 November 2010

    Workshop Nov - Dec 2010

    José Luis Cabello (Spain) invited me to co-moderate the first online workshop in the ITE NING group "Lenguas Extranjeras" 

    The workshop is in Spanish language. It is free and intended for teachers of all languages with little experience in the use of Web 2.0 tools. It will last 5 weeks and here is the syllabus: 

    1st Week     Collaborative Web 2.0 tools
    2nd Week    Sharing tools
    3rd Week     Presentations
    4th Week     Asynchronous voice tools 
    5th Week     Language learning activities using online resources 

    We use the NING group to discuss about different topics connected to the use of Web 2.0 tools in the language class and we'll have a  chat session per week. We have also opened a wiki to upload reading material and videos. 

    We bookmark online resources and tweet ideas and opinions using the hashtag #taac.

    To be continued...

    Sunday, 14 November 2010

    What makes your place unique?

    Ronaldo Lima (Brazil)  asked his students to talk about "What makes (your city/country) unique" and they created a response to it using  the online tool : animoto

    Ronaldo's idea was pinched in by Carla Arena (Brazil) based on some project she had carried out with someone some time ago and it's great to see that the online environment allows for these ideas to be spread.

    Two other teachers joined the idea : Sasha (Slovenia)
    and Mr Stout (Japan)

    Will you and your students be the next?