Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 28

Winding Down with Course 2: Keeping it Simple—Acceptable Use Agreement (KIS-AUA)

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For this project, our group consisted of Naho Kikuchi, Carl Knudsen, Jamie Richard, and me.  We represented the elementary school and middle school and we decided on creating an acceptable use agreement/poster that could be used across divisions (elementary school, middle school, and high school).

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In the early stages of the project, we sought out the documents and resources that were already being used throughout the school.  We discovered that there was a range of detail and format provided across the divisions.  We found that two posters (one directed towards middle school students and the care of their laptops, the other was directed towards general use of technology), and a different user agreement targeted at each division were currently being used.


While we were initially thinking of the modifying the current acceptable use agreement for the elementary school and creating a more kid-friendly version focused on students in the lower grade levels, we eventually broadened our focus to encompass all grade levels.

Some of the questions that our group encountered were…

What were the common core elements?

We asked ourselves, “What are the main points that we need to focus on for this poster?”  “What areas will keep students headed towards creating positive digital profiles and making positive contributions to the online world?”

We narrowed the big ideas to four–respect, responsibility, safety, and honesty

  • How can we keep the language positive?
    • We wanted to focus the students on their goal, not on what we didn’t want them to do.
    • How can we keep it simple?
      • Being selective with the ording.
      • We eventually kept it to one statement per category

ASIJ Acceptable Use Agreement Some rights reserved

ASIJ Acceptable Use Agreement Video






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Jan 27

Continuing My Journey on the Internet

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To the left is a visualization of the Internet.  You can see or at least get a feel for how the Internet has an infinite number of branches and connections.






Below is a visualization of my own COETAIL blog website.  While definitely a little more sparse than the previous graphic, I know that compared to an image generated at the end of 2011, the blog connections have grown. 




Made by Marcel Salathe (email me: salathe.marcel AT gmail DOT com)






The chart below tells you what each color stands for.
What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

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Since the start of this COETAIL course, I have signed up and created accounts for a variety of web sites, nings, etc. and I have worked on taking steps to involve myself in those communities/resources.  Here is a short list of some of the areas that I have connected to.  All of the items in the list are hyperlinked to either my individual account or to the group/companies main web page. 







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After having utilized these resources, I find that this is the professional development opportunity that I have been looking for.  Having two young active boys and working at an international school, finding the time and the appropriate resources that meet my specific needs has been a challenge.  Since the start of the COETAIL course, I feel I now have access or can find ways to access the numerous resources offered on the Internet.  Thank you, Kim Cofino, Adam Clark, Brian Farrell, my fellow COETAIL colleagues, and my future instructors.


While I find that hyperlinking can sometimes lead to distracting from the main content, it is still a useful and powerful tool.  Now easily, a blog entry or anything published electronically, becomes a dynamic document.  The reader is now connected to the various sources to receive a more in-depth look into a topic or the reader gains direct access to the various sources.

Personally, I have found that embedding videos is a good way to incorporate media within a blog post.  It is multi-sensory, interactive, and the reader stays on the page.  As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Now with the ability to create blog posts that can connect the reader to a multitude of pictures, videos, songs, documents, nings, etc., the learning possibilities and the future connections that can be fostered is unlimited.

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For example, now that I have a Twitter account set up, I appreciate the additional resources and information that I can easily tap into.  The flow of information is now directed towards me as I continue to grow my “now following” group to best meet my interests and needs.







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I have now hit my ninety-ninth tweet.  Back in September, I do not think I would have hit this mark after my few initial dabbling with Twitter.  While I realize that in the Twitter world, one hundred is not a big number, for me, it is a mile marker. I have found the tweets useful for me start contributing to my digital community and also to record some of the key resources that I have found interesting or useful.  With Twitter, hyperlinks especially help ease the sharing by keeping things short and sweet.





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My Flickr account and contacts are a resource that I would like to further develop in the near future.  As I continue with blogging, I see the potential for pursuing and incorporating my own interest in photography and video.  Flickr and Compfight have been two good avenues to search for graphics that are licensed through Creative Commons’.  Graphics are a key part of the communication process and these two ways to search the Internet help improve my posts and keep it legal.

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Jan 26

Privacy Student Introduction-

Continuing with the issue of privacy.  Here is a good resource for students and staff regarding our digital footprint by Common Sense Media.

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Jan 26

Cyber Bullying-Are you part of the solution or are you part of the problem?

When I was growing up, bullying used to be something like this (without the kung-fu teacher)…

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There was a group of boys that ganged on an individual or smaller/weaker group.  They pushed their way around and got their way.  This physical type of bullying still occurs, but it has now morphed into something different with the power of the Internet.

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With cyber bullying, you are not always sure who or how many people are bullying you.  With the internet and cellular phones, it also now also very easy to “get to” a victim while they are in the physical safety of their own homes or where ever they bring their cellular phones with them.  Now bullying can take place in the physical world and also in the cyber world.  With such negative comments being able to affect a victim at any time during the day and in any place that they are “connected” the results could easily spiral out of control if not dealt with appropriately.

Screen Shot taken from Clay Shirky's Ted Talk How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history

This graphic taken from Clay Shirky’s Ted Talk-“How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history” illustrates how messages can be sent out to connect to people in many different ways.  From a positive take, these messages can make history.  From a negative perspective, these messages can target individuals and inundate a victim with negative messages.  With the networks set up by such companies as Twitter and Facebook, bullies are now able to spread rumors, pictures, etc. with a click of a button.




This next video gives a good overview of our role as educators in regards to cyber bullying.

Stand up rather than stand by.

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When it comes to bullying, it is often the bystanders that give the bully power.  Because no one does anything about the bullying behavior, the bully continues and usually the bullying escalates.   When working with kids, I have found that the grey area does make it difficult for kids to make a positive decision.  Students do not totally empathize with the victim.  The following video (just recently released) gives kids an insight into the perspective of both the “bully” and the victim.  I think videos like these can help build empathy for students so they can better relate to what a victim is enduring and therefore make better choices in the future.

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I think it is important for educators to make it clear that students, in the real world and virtual world, need to either be a part of the solution or part of the problem.  Informing students of their options when faced with a bullying situation is one way to empower kids to make a bullying situation better.  Two options for bystanders are the following:

  1. Reach out to the victim
  2. Inform an adult about the problem

Letting kids know that they have options as a bystander to become a part of the solution can be just enough of a push to encourage students to take action.   Also, it is important to be very clear with kids that inaction makes you part of the problem.  When a negative message is circulated and the reader does nothing about it, this indirectly sends a message to the victim that the reader does not cares or that the reader is in agreement with the negative message.  This is sometimes a hard concept for kids to grasp, but teaching and reteaching students to be part of the solution and not part of the problem is the task before us.  Helping kids to make positive choices online and helping clarify what actions to take when encountering cyber bullying are some steps that we can take as educators to help grow digital citizens.



A final resource, Common Sense Media has created a video offering parents five tips on how to deal with cyber bullying.

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