Don't give away any private info,
Because someone could get you, friend or foe.
Don't share your address or your last name.
Or else you will get the big bad blame.
Your friends' info is not good to tell,
Or you will get in trouble as well.
Don't share anything that is unique to you,
Or else your family will be blue.
Leave a comment below!
I'm excited to announce that 3rd graders will have a Skype visit from author Lee Wardlaw on November 14, 2019. In preparation for our visit, please check out some of her books from your local library. Students will get to ask Lee questions but in order to do so, questions must be written down and submitted to me ahead of time. It would also be great if students could do some research on the author via her website, blog, Facebook, etc.
For week 1 of the Student Blogging Challenge, 3rd and 4th grade classes created avatars. We have been learning about Internet safety -- specifically the difference between what's OK to hare online (personal information) and what's not (private information). It is never safe to give out private information (such as your picture) to people you don't know. Kids should always ask a trusted adult before they give out private information to anyone. This applies to people you don't know in the physical world and people online.
Please enjoy getting to know some of our students in a way that is safe and secure. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!
Today first grade students got to "meet" author Laura Gehl. She visited our technology lab through a scheduled Skype session and read aloud her new book Juniper Kai: Super Spy. Students had the opportunity to ask her questions at the end. Some questions included:
Be sure to check out some of her books from your local library!
It's week 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge! This post is taken from Kathleen Morris. You can find her original post here.
Images can really jazz up a blog and/or website. Students and teachers also need images when they're making a presentation, video, or other digital creations. But where do we get those images?
Can't we just use Google Images?
No! Most images on Google are protected by copyright. This means, they are not free to use and you can get into trouble if you do use them without permission.
You can use the advanced search filter on Google Images to find images that you are allowed to use but this isn't as simple as it seems. You need to know what the usage rights mean and how to attribute correctly. As a general rule of thumb, unless stated otherwise, everything on the web is protected by copyright.
This week, you'll learn about some easier options.
Make Your Own Images
This can be done either by drawing, taking your own photos, using computer software, or using online tools.
We pay a hairdresser when we get a haircut, pay a baker for a loaf of bread, so why not pay a photographer for their work? This is good to know about as an option but isn't something schools or students would usually do.
Everyone's work is protected by copyright unless stated otherwise. Copyright means the person who took the photo or created the work does not allow anyone to use it.
Many people are happy for others to use their work as long as they give them credit. They give their work a Creative Commons license to tell everyone what they can or cannot do with their image (or text, videos, music, etc). Usually these rules mean saying who created the image/work and where it's from. Sometimes the rules state that you can use the image/work only if you don't change it or sell it. These rules are called licenses.
Here's an example of attributing the author -- or giving the author credit:
By Erik Veland [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Week 3 Tasks
Here are some original works of art from 4th grade students.
Leave a comment below to share something you learned or tell us what you're working on this week.
This post is taken from Week 2 of The Student Blogging Challenge. I've made a few minor changes but you can check out the original post here.
To leave a quality blog comment here are some things you can try:
While you don't always have to include all of these elements, these are the sorts of things you should aim for when writing a comment. Remember that some students are young, learning a language, or just starting out and no one expects students (or teachers!) to be perfect. Please just try your best and proofread your comment before you click submit.
Which blogs have you left a comment on? What is something you like about commenting? What has been a challenge?
Leave me a QUALITY comment below!
Would you like to enter a New York State computer safety contest? The goal is to create posters that will encourage students to use the Internet safely and securely. Winners will be awarded in early 2020. Entries may be used in national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns. If you'd like to submit a poster, I will submit it for you.
The deadline to submit posters is December 9, 2019.
Do you have ideas on what kind of poster you would create? Which topic would you focus on? For example: media balance, privacy and security, digital footprint, cyberbullying, etc. You would make your poster on paper or digitally?
Create Your Own Avatar
You will create your own avatar to represent you. You can choose to make it look like you -- or not! Making a digital avatar is a fun way to create and express yourself online. Click on one of the sites below to get started!
Using Your Avatar in Class
We will use your avatar throughout the year for certain projects. When you create your own blog, you can upload your avatar to display in places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish. Avatars can also be used to develop characters for your writing, to create an image to illustrate a story, song or poem or to help demonstrate learning in a presentation.
Leave A Comment
When you're finished creating your avatar, leave a comment explaining your choice. Why did you create it the way you did? Were there other things you wish you could've added? Make sure you write the computer's number that you worked on.
Which information is okay to share online? Staying safe on the Internet is a lot like staying safe in the real world. There are certain kinds of information you should keep to yourself when you use the Internet -- just like you would if you met a stranger.
Private information is PRIVATE and should only be shared with people you trust, like your parents. If there is someone else you trust like an aunt, uncle or teacher, you should always ask a parent or caregiver before you give out private information.
Private information includes:
Some information is okay to share. Information that teaches people more about you but does not reveal your identity is generally okay. Some examples include:
Can you think of more examples of personal information? If so, leave a comment below sharing personal information about you. What are your likes and interests?
This year I registered our school to participate in the student blogging challenge! What is it you ask?! And why?! The Student Blogging Challenge (STUBC) runs from October 6 until the end of November. It is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. It's a great way for students to develop their understanding of the world while authentically learning about digital citizenship and how to use technology safely and productively.
The challenge has run twice a year since 2008. It's a safe and fun experience for everyone. The challenge is hosted by Australian educators/bloggers, Kathleen Morris and Sue Waters with support from founding teacher, Sue Wyatt, and Edublogs.
A challenge will be posted each week on the Student Blogging Challenge website. Classes will then publish their responses as a blog post and/or comment. A team of approved commenters who work in education will systematically comment on the students' posts to offer an authentic audience.
We welcome families to get involved. Feel free to read posts and comment.
The Weekly Process Explained
Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts about the STUBC. What are your thoughts about the challenge? Who are you most excited about connecting with?
About this Blog
This blog is used by students in grades 2-4 -- though their families may comment as well.
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