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Archive for May, 2007

Take A Stand On Online Bullying

Posted by heatherblakey on 20th May 2007

An Anti-Bullying Video was made in the UK with stars such as Rio Ferdinand, Sharon Ozborne and Sugar babes to encourage young people to “make a stand” against bullying.

To view it, you’ll need to have Microsoft’s Windows Media Player on your computer. If you click on the link below, the video will begin to play.

Make sure to check out the Online Bullying Blog and have your say.

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Gatekeepers or Nurturers?

Posted by Krystie Alleaume on 14th May 2007

Hi Global Teachers!

Here is a site with podcasts from the recent seminar in Melbourne with Jimmy Wales (creator of Wikipedia):

http://www.educationau.edu.au/jahia/Jahia/pid/439

I was lucky enough to attend the seminar, and the point that stuck in my head for days later is contained within this 4-minute podcast snippet(http://media.educationau.edu.au/JW-Melb-P10.mp3). It’s really worth a listen!

Jimmy uses the analogy of opening a restaurant to explain the way that we often use gatekeeping strategies to make online interaction ’safe enough’… but end up creating a top-down authoritative and untrusting online environment. His philosophy (evident in wikipedia) is that instead, we need to create an environment which assumes that the vast majority of people are going to do the right thing. He also talks about how the disrespect and other bad behaviour displayed by some users in online interactivity, is a social issue, not an issue with technology.

It’s not quite the same without the visuals, but the points he makes are excellent! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. These arguments may come in handy when you encounter scare tactics opposing your enthusiasm for integrating wikis and blogs into your schools.

Krystie Alleaume, Wodonga Primary School

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Cheap I-Rivers for podcasting

Posted by Krystie Alleaume on 3rd May 2007

If you are interested in picking up some cheap, high quality voice recorder/MP3 players for podcasting and listening activities, our school just purchased 7 512MB I-River T30’s for $75 each including postage. E-mail: info@mstation.com.au, to place an order - they have 20 or so left.

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