Archive | March 2013

Cyber-bullying

According to the article Get with it a guide to cyber-bullying, bullying has been describes as “repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical conduct by an individual or group”(N/A). Whilst bullying had been seen in the school and workplace for many years, in more recent times it has taken a different approach, through what is known as cyber bullying. This particular article that was produced by the National Centre for Technology in Education and the O¬CE for Internet Safety in conjunction with Barnardos, was created in order to educate parents and their children of the new technologically advanced world, and what problems can be involved with it.
Cyberbullying
The article mentions the some of the different ways in which bullying can occur for example personal intimidation, impersonations, personal humiliation and false reporting. In order to put a stop to cyber bullying the article has presented a few effective ways to achieve this, for example don’t reply to offensive messages, always save the messages or conversations, tell someone you trust, block the sender and report the problems.
This article is quite effective in achieving its purpose of educating parents and children of the dangers that technology poses, though with this being said I feel that a separate resource for parents and a separate resources for children could have mead this more effective as it would be more age appropriate and audience specific.

* Moffat, C. (2012). Connected Women: Online tool for parents aims to avoid cyber bullying. accessed on the 2nd of April, 2013, from http://www.connectedwomen.net.au/News/ViewArticle/tabid/160/ArticleId/8368/Online-tool-for-parents-aims-to-avoid-cyber-bullying.aspx
* End to cyber-bullying. (2013). delete cyber bullying. Youtube clip, accesed on the 2nd of April, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfT2qqrqzgo

Social-Constructivism

What exactly is constructivism?

Constructivism is giving students the opportunity to take what they already know and expand on it further through opportunities that are provided by the teacher. This model allows the students to foster creativity and problem solving skills to become lifelong learners. Under the constructivist model it is the teacher’s responsibility to provide activities for the children that allow them to have a constructivismbroader knowledge base. There is a strong emphasis on communication for this theory to be productive that is between student and teacher, and just between the students. This model is very much student centred as the teacher is considering the learner and the learning, rather than the topic and the content.
Although this model seems to allow the students to reach their fullest potential in terms of their knowledge and understanding there is also some negatives to the theory, these are that the teacher and the children need to know all of their prior knowledge in order to extent their learning further, and for some children their knowledge base is not quite as developed as others. It is a difficult task for the teacher to be able to choose what topic is suitable for the model.

constructivism

* Brooks, J. and Brooks, M. (1993). In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms, ASCD
* Excells Learning Center. http://www.excelsiorlearningcenter.com/Constructivism.html. accessed on the 21st of March, 2013.
* Green. J. (2013). Constructivist Learning. Youtube. accessed on the 21st of March, 2013.
* Oluwafisayo, E. (2012) Constructivism and Web 2.0 in the Emerging Learning Era: A Global Perspective. Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability vol. 6(4)
* Steff, Ian, Zhi & John. (2009). Tele Project. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013
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eLearning

eLearning

Mobile learning is a new way of learning that generally appeals to the younger generations of our society. It is a quick easy and practical way of getting things done whilst you are on the go. With this in mind mobile learning also has some down faults these include, costs and access. Purchasing these mobile technologies is not something that everyone is capable of doing, not only are they expensive to buy they are also generally expensive to run.

But are mobile learning technologies really beneficial for our younger generations to enhance learning? According to the time magazine (2012) they revealed a study that showed students that used mobile technology in the classroom scored better in literacy tests than those that did not. Though is this a real test of how effective mobile technology really is. If we look at john Hattie’s research he found that the importance of the teacher and the effectiveness of their pedagogy does not change based on the mobile learning devises. This further emphasises the point that the no learning device should ever become more important than the teacher themselves, because if we didn’t have a teacher that knew the appropriate way of integrating these technologies into the classroom environment than those tools would not be as effective.

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The article by Graham Attwell was an effective resource in describing the way in which education is transforming in modern day society. the article uses a reference to the motor car and how it developed from what it used to be called “the horse-less carriage” to what it is today. education has developed in the same way. for some people this reference would instill instant understanding though for others it would be quite confusing. this resource although overall i do believe it is effective, when pulling it apart i fell as though it is not a resource that all people could relate to or draw an understanding from.

– Visit this website for an example of an online educational resource for children.
http://www.leapfrog.com/gaming/online-games.html

* Attwell, Graham (2007). The Personal Learning Environments- the future of eLearning. eLearning Papers, vol. 2 no. 1. ISSN 1887-1542. Retrieved March 20, 2013 from: http://www.elearningeuropa.info/files/media/media11561.pdf
* The eLearning Revolution. (2012). Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlJshzOv2cw. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013
* UNITAR. (2013). http://www.unitar.org/ksi/e-learning-course-social-media-tools-0. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013
* Isard. J. (2012). Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st century classroom. The Professional Educator, 2012

Promoting Intellectual Quality with an IWB

IWB

Computers and online technologies are definitely an effective tool for enhancing student learning. Computers and online technologies are tools that are very easily accessible to today’s generations, and they provide information from a wide range of sources. Today engaging students in learning activities is a much more difficult task for our teachers though through the effective use of computers and online technologies teachers are able to engage the different learning styles of students effectively.
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Although it is clear that computers and online technologies are beneficial in today’s society, it is also important to ensure that these learning tools are used only as extra tools for the teacher, they should not be more important than the learning that occurs between teacher and students alone. When we are using interactive whiteboard (IWB) activities as a teaching and learning tool we need to consider the levels of ambiguity present in the task. Peter Kent states that “high levels of ambiguity usually equate to high levels of intellectual quality; low levels of ambiguity are associated to low levels of intellectual quality”(2008). There are many different kinds of activities that are available on an IWB, it is important to vary lessons and not to focus on the same activity all the time as it can begin to become over repetitive and boring.

* Dore. T. (2012) The future of Interactive Whiteboards and Pedagogy. youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qil3LPIkWKc. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013.
* Garcia. A. (2012). Action Reaction. http://fnoschese.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/the-2-interactive-whiteboard/. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013.
* Kent, Peter. (2008). Interactive Whiteboards: A practical guide for primary teachers. Macmillan Teacher Resources. Australia: South Yarra.