Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Serendipity. Last night I log into my online teaching class, and continue reading introductions from my new students. Rick Weinberg, a technology professional developer for BOCES in Pennsylvania, introduced me to offers planning and a curriculum for teaching internet safety, free of charge, for kids K-12. They also provide a chatrom for kids under 18 that is monitored by the i-SAFE Safety Trained Awareness Team. What a great way to introduce kids to safe chatting.

As more K-12 schools go online, or integrate online components into live classrooms, internet safety will continue to be a critical issue that needs ongoing consideration. Cyberdating, cyberbullying, identify theft, pornography, plagarism, or meetings with online friends, wanted or not, are some issues being faced by today's kids. As educators, when we are proactive in our teaching to educate kids or adults how to most effectively use today's internet technologies, while understanding how to deal with some of the problems mentioned above, we empower learners to become responsible and safe in their own learning process. Thanks for sharing, Rick.


Anonymous said...

I found your blog. You are welcome for the heads up about I wonder if you are using blogging outside of the blackboard environment with your students at Boise State. I didn't think I was mentioned anywhere in the blogusphere. Well, I guess I am.


Lisa Dawley, Ph.D. said...

Hey Rick, great to hear from you. Actually, we've been using blogs in Online Teaching for two semesters now. I really appreciate the empowerment they give to learners to claim their own "voice" and opinions. Here's a list from this semester.