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November 5 Tech Update

posted Nov 9, 2012, 3:41 AM by William Farren   [ updated Nov 9, 2012, 4:52 AM ]
Again, it has been a busy week and a half in MS technology. Mr. Valezy's classes have been working on their biography project, using advanced features in word processing software like Google Text Documents and Word. These features include pagination, adding captions to images, and using word-wrap, among others.

EAL students continue to work on their electronic portfolios creating pages for math and humanities classes. In these pages, students are entering images, thumbnail galleries and embedding Google Presentations. Other students converted Word documents to PDF documents, uploaded them to Google Drive, shared them correctly, then linked to these hosted files from their portfolio. 

The grade eight team has been working with students to create a public service announcement about three important topics: cyber-bullying, online safety, and netiquette. Students will continue to research these topics over the next few weeks as they work in teams to produce their PSAs.

While these are important topics, there is a need to keep them in perspective. This article does a good job in shedding some light on the issue. Also, check out the slideshow at right. It's interesting to see how the slideshow's message about normative behavior ties in with FCD's message (recently visited the AISB campus) about people needing good information related to normative behavior. If people believe that the majority of their peers are acting responsibly, then they are more likely to engage in that form of behavior, as they will consider it normal.

"In fact, numerous studies have shown that the norm among most American (and other) kids is to treat each other respectfully." source

Research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project asks parents and teens whether they engage in the following behaviors: 
  • Talked with you/your child about ways to use the internet and cell phones safely
  • Talked with you/your child about ways to behave toward other people online or on the phone
  • Talked with you/your child about what you/he or she does on the internet
  • Talked with you/your child about what kinds of things should and should not be shared online or on a cell phone
  • Checked to see what information was available online about your child
  • Checked your social network site profile
  • Checked which websites you/your child visited
  • Friended your child on social media
  • Used parental controls or other means of blocking, filtering or monitoring your/your child’s online activities
  • Used parental controls to restrict your/your child’s use of your/his or her cell phone.
Findings showed that the most common form of engagement from the list above was for parents to speak with their children and less so, to restrict online access or to monitor behavior. source