“Four web based tools have emerged that can enhance student learning by taking some established best practices in education to the next level making it easier, faster, and more fun to learn.

In this presentation we will look at how Google Aps, Moodle, Wikis, and Blogs can enhance student learning, enable collaboration and information exchange both inside and outside of your classroom.  But most importantly, we will help you know when and why you should use them.

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Cyber Bullying

“Cyber bullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyberstalking is NEVER called cyber bullying.”  (STOP Cyberbullying)

With the suicide death this week of the fourth student from Western Heights College in Geelong, discussion has sparked again on how to best prevent this type of tragedy from occurring in the future.

Chanelle Rae, aged 14, ‘wanted to die’ after receiving a message on the internet an hour before she took her own life.

Both paents and teachers need to be aware of cyber bullying and the devastating effects it can have on children. The PPT below on Raising Digital Citizens is very timely, and incudes the types of cyber bullying outlined here:-

8 Forms of Cyber Bullying

Flaming: using inflammatory or vulgar words to provoke an online fight

Harrassment: continually sending vicious, mean or disturbing emails to an individual

Denigration: spreading rumours, lies or gossip to hurt a person’s reputation

Impersonation: posting offensive or aggressive messages under another person’s name

Outing: posting or sharing confidential or compromising information or images

fooling someone into sharing personal information which you then post online

Exclusion: purposefullly excluding someone from an online group

ongoing harrassment and denigration that causes a person considerable fear for his/her safety


PhotoPeach – ‘tell better stories online using photos’

This is a neat, easy-to-use site where you can upload photos, zoom in or out, and add music, sound effects and captions to create animated slideshows.  It’s very interactive for students, because there is the ability for others to add comments at the end of the slideshow or on the website (similar to VoiceThread, but written messages rather than podcasts)

Visit the website for detailed instructions to get you started.

Penguins at Home in the Aquarium on PhotoPeach

Chelmsford Learning Commons

Valerie Diggs, Director of Libraries in Chelmsford and Library Teacher at Chelmsford High School, has created an innovative,  vibrant and stimulating library space,  both physically and online.

Read here how Valerie already had an engaging program operating, then managed to get funding for her library make-over. The slideshow below shows library programs in action, as well as before-and-after photos of the library renovation.

Visit the library website here:    Chelmsford High School Learning Commons Homepage

“What you have here is truly a lighthouse accomplishment for schools in Massachusetts, indeed across the US,” said Ross J. Todd, an associate professor of library and information science at Rutgers, at an opening celebration of the Learning Commons on Friday. “What you’ve done is transformed a school library into a learning commons which traverses both the print and the digital information worlds.”

David Loertscher, a professor at San Jose State University and a champion of redesigning school libraries, flew in to see what the team had created. Although he was impressed by the physical space, he said the most important work was Diggs’s collaboration with teachers to teach students how to analyze the information available to them.
(see The Boston Globe newspaper article)