“Cyberbullying is using technology to deliberately and repeatedly bully someone. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and can leave you feeling unsafe and alone.” Australian Government (n.d)
As students are increasingly becoming immersed with time spent on the internet, cyberbullying becomes an issue that must to be addressed. It must be dealt with in order to keep all children safe and out of possible harm and/or harmful thoughts .
This insightful video below has been produced by ABC’s ‘Compass’ documentary show. It follows two school programs that are helping students recognise and deal with cyberbullying by focusing on the role bystanders can play in shutting it down.
Please watch this video!
This documentary explains that:
-cyber bullying follows you all day and all night and there is now place you can run from it
-It grows so quickly and has much bigger effects than those bullying instances that happen on a face-to-face basis
-The bullied person thinks that everyone is against them
-Bystanders who step in can make all the difference if they address the issue or stand up for the person being bullied
-approach to address bullying with students is through effective workshops at school
-‘Back-me-up’ campaign is a resort cyberbullied students can go to for help
-One in ten Australia students report being cyber bullied
and if nothing is done and they don’t feel support, it can lead to tragic circumstances
Please follow this twitter link to watch Michael Fey speak on TED about cyberbulling and to get useful information on ‘Intel’s ‘ twitter feed about cyberbullying in the digital age.
Also, please make sure you have watched the compass video above and shared it with others! It could save a life.
Australian Government (n.d): Cyberbullying Stand up and speak out! Retrieved from http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/teens/how%20do%20I%20deal%20with/cyberbullying.aspx
Doogue, G. (speaker), Boerne, D. (story producer), Cameron, J. (story researcher), & Prince, J. (story producer). (2013). Beating cyberbullying. Australia: ABC, Compass. Retrieved from
Watch this video to see how inquiry based learning in the 21st century classroom can help students gain understanding and engagement!
Typically, in the constructivist classroom the attention shifts from the teacher to the students as the leaning is based on students taking responsibility for their own learning. The students in the classroom become actively involved in their own learning process as they are engaged in doing, rather than listening. According to Jordan, Carlile and Stack (2008) the teacher in the constructivist classroom, does not drizzle and dispense knowledge into their students rather both teacher and students think of knowledge as dynamic, and the ability to successfully stretch and explore, not as facts to be learnt. Jordan et al. (2008) discovered that despite the students having the same learning experience, each individual will base their learning on the understanding and meaning personal to them. Students gain meaning through this continuous process as they take responsibility to learn through the guidance of the teacher.
The University College Dublin (n.d) suggests that:
1. Effective learning occurs when your students’ learning experiences are engaging, that is, when your students are doing rather than just listening.
2. In enquiry-based learning, students take on more responsibility for identifying precisely what they need to learn and finding resources which will allow them to fill their knowledge gaps.
3. Enquiry-based learning can progressively help students to develop their research skills as self-directed learners.
Students learn to identify and find answers to the questions that they need to ask and the resources that they need to draw upon in solving any given complex (often real world problem).
The main pursuit in a constructivist classroom is solving problems as they ask questions, investigate a topic, and use a variety of resources to find solutions and answers. As students explore the topic, they draw conclusions, and, as exploration continues. This method is used in the social constructivist classrooms in the 21st century in order for students to gain as much knowledge and experiences as possible.
University College Dublin (n.d). Constructivism and Social Constructivism in the classroom.
Jordan, A., Carlile, O., & Stack, A. (2008). Approaches to learning: A guide for teachers. Open University Press: Berkshire
Mobile learning is evidently becoming more and more integrating in Australian classrooms. Wylie suggests that mobile learning is a revolutionary way in learning, and I agree! It is an exciting opportunity for educators to utilise this tool in education to create better understandings across a broad range of syllabus outcomes. There can be so much achieved with e-learning if it is used in the right way. Wylie recommends that educators need to be properly trained on how to use these diverse technologies and gadgets in order to keep up with the rapid advances with them and be able to support and instruct the use of such devices in the classroom on a regular basis.
E-learning is essential in the 21st century in the classroom. The main points taken from the youtube video ‘The future starts now’ in favour of e-learning are as follows:
-Utilise students interests in ICT to create a knowledge based society for the future
-Learning advanced concepts become easier to understand
-Visually simulated and animated concepts creates learning more fun and knowledge is gained through student engagement
-Inspires our students to learn, knowing all the information is in front of us , only a few clicks away
-Increased use in training for teachers to improve usage of ICT in classrooms to improve learning, motivation and results
-Giving kids access to these technologies as teachers
as it is a reality of 21st century life skills for children
Here is an online game showing how e-learning is an excellent tool to help children in the 21st century learn and understand complex concepts!
Wylie, J. Mobile learning technologies for 21st century classrooms. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754742, : The Education Technology Blog
The future starts now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfN5SSiRoPs&list=PLvzOwE5lWqhSgJVgg7VfRkBisbmm-BFUL&index=10, Published on Sep 12, 2012
The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
Promoting Intellectual Quality with an IWB (Interactive Whiteboard)
In 2012 I experienced my first teaching observation in a Catholic primary school. I was shocked to see how much it had changed in comparison to my personal experience in primary school, 10 years ago. The biggest change I had noticed was the technology used, the biggest being the IWB. From what I had observed, the IWB has incredibly enhanced the student’s engagement with the topics, allows for discussions and critical thinking. The IWB software ActiveInspire allows teachers to bring their lessons to life. Here is a link to look further into the ActiveInspire Software and its abilities: http://www.prometheanworld.com/us/english/education/products/classroom-software/activinspire/
It is important to remember that IWB’s are a tool of teaching, and do not replace teachers. If they are used in the right, they can have an enormous benefit to students and teachers. These are the reasons why, supported by Kent, 2009:
- IWB’s allow students to extend their knowledge through experiences rather than through reading and listening
- It provides students with information that can be influenced and controlled and manipulated by them, which leads them to understand real-life situations and leads to rich class discussions and deep thinking
- Students can easily discover and investigate in lessons and find the IWB easy to relate with and use
- It is an dynamic, engaging and appealing learning environment
- It can be used to by the teacher in many ways to understand students learning and progression
- Students gain a deep understanding through its ability to promote higher order thinking
This video will allow you to see it’s benefits in the classroom.
Kent, P. (2009) Master class: Interactive whiteboards. Malaysia: Macmillan Teacher Resources