The FBI publishes a newsletter on Safe Online Surfing news. It’s a resource for teachers, school administrators and members of the FBI community who are working to keep students safe online.
In the Fall 2009 issue: (PDF Newsletter)
New Assessment Tool Aims to Improve Students’ Awareness of School AUP’s
What’s the CyberTipline?
For more information see the Safe Online Surfing News at: www.fbi-sos.org
Last Updated (Monday, 14 December 2009 11:06)
While using school computers, do any of your students share pictures of others online, use profanity in chats, visit non-educational sites, or violate other terms of your school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)? If so, they may benefit from using the Smart AUP, an assessment tool that measures each student’s AUP “IQ.”
A school’s Acceptable Use Policy or AUP is a list of technology regulations designed to keep students safe online and prevent abuse of school computers. Students are often required to sign this “user contract” in order to use school network computers but unfortunately many sign without reading or understanding the information. The Smart AUP assessment tool is a fun and effective way for students to demonstrate to teachers and administrators that they have read and understand the AUP.
Last Updated (Monday, 14 December 2009 11:04)
September 2009 – Season 2
Episode 2: A Conversation About Assistive Technology with Ira Socol
We are trying to feature more guest speakers and interviews during Season 2 of the EdTech Classroom Podcast. Ira Socol joins us this episode to explain how he and the Michican State University Assistive Technology Lab are introducing teachers to effective integration Assistive Technology into the K-12 classroom. This episode features a number of logical modifications and assistive technologies that can assist students with reading disorders and ADHD
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Last Updated (Friday, 04 December 2009 12:53)
From a former CTAP 4 staff member:
Over the years educators have sometimes struggled to find innovative uses of technology for the math classroom beyond the graphing calculators. This is not the case for this middle school math teacher! When you walk in to Tamara Knapp’s math classroom at Piedmont Middle School in Alameda County – technology is just a normal part of the landscape. Tamara has been using a variety of technology tools over the years but her natural style and use of the interactive SMART Board, eInstruction CPS clickers and the online iText from Prentice Hall makes you wish this could have been your junior high math class. In her current assignment, she is teaching Algebra and Pre-Algebra and using the Prentice Hall hardcopy textbook as well as the iText, an interactive online textbook, in her daily instruction. This online version (iText) also allows the students access to their text from home as well.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 November 2009 15:31)
From a former CTAP 4 staff member:
Students in Jenna Cestone’s classroom study and learn English and social studies from the content she provides on the iPod, online and through community projects. Jenna is the quintessential 21st century teacher. She’s adapted her instruction methods and revised her standards-based content to meet the needs of her students. “I improved my own skill set and fostered my own 21st century skills set. I am competitive and modern, not crusty and old school, using outdated books and ideas.” She’s now in her 20th year of teaching and she teachers a Virtual Classroom for American Government and Econ, as well as a couple of English classes which primarily uses the iPod Touch mobile lab.
Students with iPod Touches have access to audio content, selected by Ms. Cestone specific to their learning needs. She creates a playlist, adds content via iTunes, and syncs them all at once with the laptop dedicated to the mobile iPod Touch lab. Content includes art, music, history, and English standards integration – with projects such as Mythology: Heroes, Gods and Monsters. The students can use ‘Animoto,’ an online slideshow application, to animate photos, translation software for second language students and, when laptops are available, she makes sure that every student creates an maintains a blog.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 November 2009 13:51)
Episode 21: Wrapping Up Technology with Instructional Strategies that Work
Celebrate the start of summer by joining our conversation with Dr. Howard Pitler. On the show, Dr. Pitler provides an update about the strategies that make up Classroom Instruction that Works. In addition, he provides some ideas on some technology resources that you should explore during your summer vacation.
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Last Updated (Friday, 04 December 2009 08:22)