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Managing social media risks

This article, which was recently published by The Journal, is worth a read in relation to the social media risks to students. It may also be worth passing onto any staff who have an online profile.

Managing Social Media Risks
By Bridget McCrea 08 October 2009
Name an online social networking site, and there are liable to be thousands of [...]

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Thanks to Connect’s Kerry Rowett for the following text:

Are you doing some wonderful work connecting students using web 2.0 applications in your classroom … or keen to start? You might be interested in entering the Connect and SLAV web 2.0 competition 2009. What do you need to do? Work in a team to create a [...]

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The Alannah and Madeline Foundation have launched a major new Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative.

Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative

A pilot program is to be implemented into 150 schools from September. The website explains the program in more detail:

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative aims to make cybersafety a normal part of every young person’s life [...]

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Girton Grammar School Head of Library (and immediate past Children’s Book Council Victorian Judge) Miffy Farquharson has developed two book blogs for her school. Miffy explains how they came about:

The student blog has been in place for about a term now. It is supposed to be by and for secondary students, but I am having trouble getting students to [...]

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Don’t demonise internet

The following letters were published in today’s Australian under the heading ‘Don’t demonise the internet.

WHILE it’s understandable that the bereaved parents will look for someone or something to blame when their daughter kills herself (”Chanelle, 14, joins college’s tragic suicide toll”, 22/7), the truth is that the vast majority of young people who take their own [...]

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Free Realms

For any teacher or parent interested in gaming for learning, Free Realms is a free gaming site designed for families.


The Free Realms for Parents page explains more about the site:

What is Free Realms?
Welcome to FreeRealms.com! Free Realmsis a fun, whimsical virtual world filled with dynamic gameplay and compelling content for everyone, especially families.
Do what you [...]

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SemanticScuttle (based on the previous incarnation Scuttle) is a bookmarking tool that can take the ’social’ part away. That is, you can install SemanticScuttle on your school server if you are concerned about any of the ’social’ (or lack of privacy for students) aspects of other social bookmarking sites.
There is more information about SemanticScuttle on their wiki.
For [...]

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Are you looking for a totally safe way to use YouTube and other videos with your students but worried about them accessing stuff that’s inappropriate? Vodspot can help.

Vodspot homepage

Once you sign up to Vodspot, you can create your own video channel and drag and drop videos from YouTube, TeacherTube and many other sites to your [...]

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Looking for a fantastic free animation development site? Scratch just might be what you are after! Developed by a team at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Scratch is designed to be used by educators.

Scratch homepage

According to the Scratch website
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, [...]

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2007 SLAV Research Fellowship recipient (along with colleague Jacqueline Griffeth) Lee King has created some outstanding ICT opportunities for her students at Mount Waverley Primary School.
Lee recently introduced the students to SuperClubsPLUS.

SuperClubsPLUS is currently being trialled by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Knowledge Bank: Next Generation. The trial provides free accessto SuperClubsPLUS for 100,000 year 3 [...]

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