Monday, July 30, 2012

Starting to Fill the Backpack

It's August this week.  Where the heck did summer go? Our district staff heads back at the end of the month, and students arrive September 4th. That means I need to get my act together and start wrapping my head around a much-too-early blessing from my alarm clock and an ever-growing ToDo list.

In my new position as EdTech Integration Coach for my school district, my professional learning focus is going to be building capacity among my staff to develop digital literacies for all our students. Here's just one of the many things going into my backpack this school year.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beyond Just Kidding: Cyberbullying Resources for Us All

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Cyberbullying. It isn't "just kids being kids." It isn't "a good way to grow thick skin." It's a completely different, high-tech, destructive behavior our 21st-century kids are experiencing, on either the victim end or the bullying end...and we, as the adults, need to help them find their way through the muck.

So, what can we do about it? Wanting to help our students, our teachers and our parents and guardians, I've curated a variety of excellent resources. I KNOW there's something in this listing for you. Check it out:

“Aggression and Victimization in instant Messaging, Blogging and Face-to-Face Interactions”

American Association of School Administrators

Attorney General of Pennsylvania

Children Online: Cyberbullying and Online Harassment

Common Sense Media

Connect Safely

“Cyberbullying and Online Teens”

“Cyber-Bullying: An Old Problem with a New Face”

Cyberbullying Help

Cyberbullying Resource Center

DocStoc: “ A Guide to Cyberbullying” (downloadable PDF)

EasyTech Cyberbullying Guide: PDF

GetNetWise: Tools for Families

“How is Cyberbullying Related to School?”

KidsHealth: Positive Talk for Parents

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: NetSmartz Workshop

National Crime Prevention COuncil: Cyberbullying

Net Bullies

Protect Kids Online

“Research on Cyberbullying: Key Finding and Practical Suggestions”

Stop Bullying: Cyberbullying

Stop Bullying Now

Stop Cyberbullying: Educators Page

Stop Cyberbullying: Parents Page

TeenAngels: Cyberbullying Guide for Parents

“The Internet at Home: Making it Work for You and Your Kids”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“What Does Cyberbullying Look Like?”

“What to do When Your Child is the Victim of Cyberbullying”

Wired Safety

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Kid on the EdTech Block!

Hey World!

Welcome to my EdTech blog.  Ah, summertime...a chance for an educator to reflect, learn, organize and rejuvenate for the upcoming school year.  Oh yeah, and shift career gears.  

After 20+ rewarding years in the classroom, I am stepping into the role of district Technology Integration Coach. So, instead of preparing for 140 8th graders this fall, I'm working for 1,, their teachers...and their parents. The potential of increased impact is simultaneously exciting and daunting.

Over the years, I've created websites (both personal and classroom), blogs (personal and professional), curation sites (curse you, Pinterest!), you name it.  Keeping up with a dozen different web-presence platforms was making me nuts, and the old adage of 
"too many cooks in the kitchen = nothing gets cooked" was becoming my reality.  So, it seemed like the perfect time to get my virtual office space in order!

In an effort to live within my mental wellness means, I'm building this blog.  I'm clearing out and reorganizing my previous blog, Diigo library, former professional website, and turning my classroom website and blogs over to whom they belong - the kids - thus focusing my energies in one place: here.

With this blog, I hope to share all things Digital Literacy:

  • resources for educators and students
  • research
  • grant writing opportunities
  • constructivist/inquiry-driven pedagogy
  • project-based learning (and other critical 21st Century Skills)
  • standards and assessments (Next Gen, NETS, Common Core, NAEP)
I welcome ideas, networking and professional development opportunities. You can always find me hanging around my PLN on Twitter @MiddleLevelEd.  Let the games begin!

Be Your Best,