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Pinterest has quickly become a large way for teachers to share resources and information. It lets you build ‘boards’ and easily ‘pin’ parts of the web (text, images, videos, websites, etc.) onto those boards which you can then organise into relevant categories. With Pinterest, you can find a pandora’s box of information across many different categories (Spangler, 2013). Whether you’re a teacher or a student, Pinterest can be used to find interesting bits of information or graphics through history, architecture, photography, education, science, art, and technology that you can use to further your understanding or just make your classroom/assignment visually appealing; but of course with anything on the internet we need to make sure the information we are using is correct and true meaning additional research may be needed for classroom activities.

As an up and coming teacher in the digital world I believe sites such as Pinterest complement activates taught within the classroom by finding new or additional content to be taught within a lesson as well as  even having students create their own Pinterest board so that I as the teacher can get to know the students interests and plan a lesson around them to go the extra mile to engage the student. If you classroom has an active blog Pinterest can act as a monthly news letter for the parents in your class by posting pictures of the children work and linking them to their own write up in the blog (Spangler, 2013). Pinterest also allows the teacher to post useful information for parents or activities they could do at home that would be relevant to what the students are learning in the classroom.

My Technology in the Classroom Pinterest Page

References

Spangler, S. (2013, September 17). Teachers and Educators Can Use Pinterest as a Resource In and Out of the Classroom [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/education-today/how-teachers-and-educators-can-use-pinterest-as-a-resource-in-and-out-of-the-classroom/

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Week 3: Cyber Bullying

Bullying can happen to anyone. It might happen to you, your friend or someone online. People being bullied often feel powerless and alone, or worried about what the bully might do next (Kids Help Line, n.d.) . The impact of bullying can last longer than the bullying itself (Beale & Hall, 2007). Experiencing bullying can increase a person’s chances of developing anxiety or depression.  The Australian Communications and Media Authority (n.d.) explain that “Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group. Bullying is repeated behaviour by an individual or group with the intent to harm another person or group”. Cyberbullying can be seen through the use of technology, via email, chat rooms, text messages, discussion groups, online social media, instant messaging or websites. For example, being teased or made fun of online, having unpleasant comments, pictures or videos about you sent or posted on social media or websites, some people could even go as far use your screen name or password and pretend to be you to negatively hurt someone else (Beale & Hall, 2007). As a future teacher, my duty of care requires me to develop strategies to eliminate the occurrence of cyberbullying, in an effort to protect the wellbeing of all students.

Ways that you can protect a student from any long-lasting negative impacts of cyber bullying include:

    • Being aware of bullying – i.e. what it is, how it occurs, possible impacts
    • Intervening as early as possible
    • Ensuring the child feels (and is) safe, secure and unconditionally supported
    • Assisting the child to reduce or stop the harassment
    • Helping the child acknowledge and cope with the emotions of cyber bullying and buffering the impact that cyber bullying has on their self-esteem and self-confidence

Student Support:

References

Beale, A. and Hall, K. (2007). Cyber bullying: What school administrators (and parents) can do. The Clearing House, vol.81, no.1, Sept/Oct.

ETCB Organization (2013, January 20). End Cyberbullying 2014 [YouTube Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfT2qqrqzgo

Kids Helpline – Cyberbullying. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/news-research/hot-topics/cyber-bullying.php

The Australian Communications and Media Authority. (n.d.). Cyberbullying. Retrieved from http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Schools/Cyber%20issues/Cyberbullying.aspx