Working through the 4 Connect.ed modules last night was a very interesting experience. I found the activities really interesting, especially the ones where we had to ‘pretend’ to be a particular person and had the opportunity to navigate around their profile and messages feed.
When hearing about the statistics about how long students today go online and use Facebook etc, this I found to be really sad. Why are they on these media sites for so long. One girl said she spends 2 hours on Facebook each night. How? What a waste of time..
I forget, but students today have always had access to the internet; it what they’re used to.
I love the short quote from Cathy O’Brien. One of ladies from the Module 1 video:
“Nothing beats face to face communication”. Its sad, but students today struggle with this type of communication.
As teachers, we need to be aware of our student’s awareness of cybersafety issues and how safely they behave online. We need to education them on how to prevent cyberbullying and if it does happen, how to deal with it. Module 3 I struggled with a bit, because this module was about how the school deals with cyberbullying. Not yet a qualified teacher, I wasn’t able to answer yes or no, but simply unsure. Something I will need to think about and take action for my next 2 pracs and when I do find a school to work in.
I have taken more notes from these modules, which I will file away and look at next time for my next several pracs – will need to look at these as I can develop activities which can include cybersafety.