Digital Privacy

Week 10 learning path was certainly an eye opener. It can be frightening to know just how easy it can be for criminals and creepy people to view, access and invade your persnal information on social media. I have a facebook account and recently I changed my privacy setting to prevent my friends from tagging me in photos and tagging the location of where we were eating out at, letting everyone know which restaurant we were at! To me that’s giving out too much information. What I cannot stop is what is viewed on my friends news feed, which can be frustrating. Also I try not let facebook know my location from my mobile phone, its painful at times as I often get these messages that pop onto my screen advising me that I have 30 seconds to click on it to stop facebook from accessing my location. My facebook privacy setting also have enabled me to keep my facebook account private and my facebook page will not come up on a Google search when my name is entered. Yesrerday I Googled my name and my pinterest pin boards was the first on the list. Now anyone would be able to take an educated guess that I am a teacher, as I have a math rotation board and literacy board. Then the seach was followed by a photo of me with my friends friends taken by a newspaper photographer 2 years ago! I forgot that our photo was taken! It’s scary knowing that I have a digital footprint, and anyone can now know what I look like, work out where I live from that photo and know that I am likely to be a teacher due to the types of things I pin on pintrest!


Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is the ability to use ITC in a safe, responsible and ethical manner. I have been using the internet for a whole range of purposes, communication, net banking, finding out information, contributing to forum discussion and the like for  well over 10 years.

I thought that I had a good sound knowledge of cyber safety. As invited by the week 10 learning path on digital citizenship, I  just completed the cybersmart kids quiz and I got a total of 21 out of 25 correct. I learnt that I should not instruct children to give out any further personal information beyond their first name and nick ( I thought an email address was also ok) and not to trust many of the social media web sites. Intersting. I also have been guilty of just ignoring those pesky windows, you know, the ones that pop up and move around…Closing them is the smarter and safest option because there may be a virus attached to the pop up.

When I took the bullying quiz I was suprised to only have got half of the questions correct. I did think that in high school that cyber bullying was more prevelant than actual face to face bullying. Is it because the media portays the cyber bullying? No doubt, this form of bullying will be the most common form of bullying in our high schools in the coming years. Another question I got wrong was about the bully themselves having a low-self esteem, which as it turns out that most bullies have an inflated self esteem.

The office of Children’s esafety Commissioner wbsite has a range of important and valuble information on cyber bullying, illegal and offensive information, how to report the offensive information and legislation, the Enhancing Online Safety for CHildren Act, 2105.

Thanks for reading, Fiona

Prac time…..

I along with many other students are beginning to feel the pre-prac nerves. I felt exactly the same way as Crystal did. It was today that I was fortunate to meet up with my prac mentor today and I had the opportunity to meet with the prep/year 1 class that I will spend the next three weeks with. I must say that I am feeling a whole lot better about about this prac now! My Mentor was very approachable and was quick to set me at ease about the whole process. the classroom is equipped with a laptop connected to a projector. The white board isn’t interactive though, however the laptop has a touch screen. My mentor invited a couple of her students to interact with the touch screen by mving words over to where they belong to which had the students engaged during a literacy lesson.Through out my placement the class and I will have access to ipads and 8 lap tops. This is pretty awesome as the class only has 15 students! I am now looking forward to starting on Monday! Thanks for reading, Fiona 🙂

A Uni for the real world?

Recently I seriously began questioning how well I was being equipped to become a teacher. I enjoy many of my classes and I believe it is important to have a strong theoretical understanding of child learning and development. But that is all the uni teaches. As for being an actual teacher in the classroom, you know ‘for reals’, I feel as though the uni is failing us on so many levels. Why do we spend 4 years at uni when really we dont actually learn how to be a teacher until were are in our first paid teaching role? I am only participating in one prac this year and this prac is only 3 weeks long. Just as I will begin to get to know my students, have built a positive rapport with my mentor teacher and begin to get into the flow of being in a classroom discourse, it will be time for me to leave and go back to theory. I don’t get it. Why isn’t this degree more hands-on? I know that I’m not the student who feels this way. Then today I read the blog post from a student from lasts years edc3100 course and she felt the same way, wll the part about being trained on the job, part… Interseting…..So why can’t the degree be 50% training, 50% Theory?

Thanks for reading, Fiona:)

Great ideas for using ipads in class

I finally got back onto study desk after too long away (eeekk!!) to complete the week nine learning path after being preoccupied with other course assessments. The article “6 helpful tips for a 1 ipad classroom” was interesting and it certainly got me thinking about the many ways the ipad can be utilised in the class, even if theres only the one device in the whole class. Aside from providing additional content and support to students, having the iPad handy also allows a teacher to take notes, create reminders or even record behaviours. I have also seen teachers use the ipad to mark the role. I particarly like the idea of using a converter cable to enlarge a game onto a IWB or smart TV to engage small groups of students.

Thanks for reading, Fiona:)

Go Noodle-helping students to use their noodle

One of my uni friends the other day was telling me about this great onlince resource called Go Noodle. As an underwhelmed pre-service teacher with little prac experience I am always keen to hear about what other students experiences are like and the resources that they got to use in their prac settings. So It’s a gven these days that virtually every classroom has an IWB and internet. Go Noodle is an interactive digital resource that is aimed at getting children moving for a few short minutes between lessons, transitions or to help calm students if they’re a little rowdy. View this catchy tune with actions to get the idea:) Thanks, Fiona.

Musica Viva Digital lessons

I recently attended a Musica Viva professional development workshop on campus. It was an engaging hands-on workshop run by music teachers wanting us to get on board and to like their nation-wide series of digial music lesson resources and with an option to invite musica viva musicians to come to your school for personalised student workshops.The idea of having Musica Viva digital resources for primary school classes, is that it helps to make music and integrating music into the mainstream classroom a stress-free learning experience, as the resources are self paced and can be catered each grade and for individual learning. Plus its a great way for non-musically trained generalist teachers to integrate authenitc music lessons into the classroom. The programs offered are created by music teachers and are also aligned with the Australian curriculum.

Thanks, Fiona