Contributing to my EDTC 300 family’s learning!

Throughout this course, I was able to comment on other classmates blogs, tweet daily about education news and articles along with that also reply to my classmates tweets, interact on google plus community, and I also tried to remain as active as possible during our Zoom chats for class. With this, you are able to gain a sense of community within your class, build your PLN, and gain and give out some crucial advice from/to fellow classmates and people who are also teachers outside of your class. Within this blog post I will be showing screenshots in an iMovie of what I believe contributed to others learning and also screenshots of my just communicating with people of the education community from near or far.


 

Commenting on other peoples blogs:

Below shows a video of various comments I have made to my classmates regarding their posts. Some are words of encouragement and others are questions to make them think about online learning and their learning project in general. By doing this I believe we are only benefitting each other. We are able to learn off of one another and share our knowledge and experience within the area one is learning about. Some of these posts are new from this week and others are older. I decided to choose these 10 comments because I believe they are the ones that are the most impactful and not just a few words of just saying “job well done!”. These are the type of comments my classmates read and will take forward as they do their next step of learning.

 


 

Twitter:

A huge part of this class, for me, was building my PLN. While you are building your PLN, you are also helping someone else build theres. I was able to give advice, ask questions to  get replies from other teachers and allow my fellow students to learn from my question just as much as I did, share education related articles that can help with their future career, and also relate to them on a personal level. The video below shows some of the most important tweets to me that showcase how I have helped others learn and how I have connected to others via twitter.

 


 

Google plus: 

This was a community where I was able to look for answers and ask questions. Below is a picture of me commenting on someones learning project work. This was a hub for all things EDTC 300.  Here are a few screen shots of me posting on the google plus community and also replying to a couple comments.

 


Who helped contribute the most to my learning?:

I would have to say Danielle Kelln was one who contributed most to my learning. This is because we were always constantly texting about our class discussions, upcoming blog posts, and our learning projects. Constantly giving one another tips on how to better ourselves as educators in the tech world. Along with this, we cybersleuthed one another and were able to give each other feedback on how we should better our online presence, which is crucial and was so beneficial both ways. Furthermore, we also constantly commented on each others blogs and tweeted to one another.

Anthea Holczer was another one who really contributed to my online learning. Specifically through twitter, she would tweet back to my resources I would share even when no one else would and share her thoughts on them. It was insightful to gain another perspective.


 

Wrap up:

Overall, EDTC 300 was a place where I learnt a lot about technology and myself as an educator but I was also able to help my fellow classmates learn along the way. For that reason, this class has truly been a one of a kind experience. I am grateful that I was able to contribute to other classmates learning for the fact that we are all in this together. By doing so, we can all be successful in this class. Without the marks even being posted yet, I can tell we already all are because of how much we have taken away from this EDTC 300 experience.

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EDTC 300 May be Over but Learning about Tech isn’t!

Wow. This semester flew by too fast! Even though it felt like it was a short amount of time, I truly did learn a lot. Here you will find my Digital Summary of learning. There are 4 key take aways illustrated throughout this video

  1. Learning how to use twitter in a professional manner and creating a PLN
  2. Creating a positive online presence and digital identity
  3. Google chrome extensions
  4. My instant pot learning project

When all 4 of these things come together, you have a successful semester. Thanks for a great month and a half! I can’t wait to take forward what I have learnt into my pre-internship.

I really tried to get everything down to 7 minutes or under for at least 2 hours. this is the closest I got. I really wanted to incorporate everything and did not want to cut out any information. I hope 58 seconds over is fine!

Kelsey

Instant Pot Wrap Up

This spring semester flew by with EDTC 300 and I can’t believe I’m writing my wrap up post for my learning project! I am so proud of how far I’ve come from not knowing how to even properly seal the instant pot lid and what all of the button do, to using this cooking appliance as my go to “suppers made easy” hack. As mentioned in my first post, I was so intimidated to learn how to use my Instant pot and I truly think without this class, I would still be clueless. This gave me the motivation to step outside of my box and I am so glad I did! I learnt so many things about not only my instant pot but also about online learning. Keep reading to see my progression, what I have learnt and where a lot of my learning has come from.

Online learning

For a house warming gift, I received my instant pot and I was so grateful and excited to try it, Of course, this was the perfect opportunity. I started off by reading the manual and gaining a better understanding of how it works. Still in slight confusion, I turned to online resources to help my learning. The way I learn is through visual learning and/hands on learning. Therefore, online resources are typically much more visual based so this really assisted in me learning about the instant pot and learning recipes.

  • Youtube: I turned to youtube to gain some visual learning. I watched videos from the channels Pressure Luck specifically his tutorial on getting started with your instant pot, the actual Instant Pot channel, and LivingRichlyonaBudget. I did not use any actual recipes from youtube because I did not find any that I was truly invested in or the ones I did watch on youtube, I have already seen on Pinterest.

  • Pinterest: This was my biggest source of learning! Pinterest is known for recipes and a variety of recipe blogs. Let me tell you, it is the holy grail of all things instant pot! I turned to here if I was ever stuck on what to make. Usually all I would search into Pinterest is “Instant pot recipes” or if I wanted to to be more specific “chicken instant pot recipes” “soup instant pot recipe, “ground beef instant pot recipes, etc. There were hundreds of different recipes that popped up each time. Overall, Pinterest is an amazing online resource if you are doing any cooking project or just cooking for the fun of it at home.

  • Feedly: When we first started this semester, my instructor Katia, recommended this site for us to use as an online resource for our learning project and also to find education related articles. I started following Instant pot eats, Instant Pot, and Pressure Luck Cooking. Although these blogs do not post very frequently, they do have a lot of cook recipes, tips, and information on the instant pot on their blogs. Most importantly they have a lot of visual components to their blogs which again, makes learning easier and smoother for me!

Overall, my online learning experience was forever changed. I now know how to use the internet to my advantage while learning something new. This surely will come in handy in my future university endeavours such as my pre-internship. I now know I can turn to the internet and look at blogs or youtube videos and they will just about have any content you need to make you successful. As said previously, I really enjoyed the online learning experience because it gave a (what I thought to be) simulated face to face learning experience. Everything was broken down picture by picture or was made on a video. I have definitely learnt that online learning is the next best thing to face to face learning when it is not available.

I was also able to gain a better use of technology through this learning project. I better understood how to search for reliable blogs on various platforms and got me more comfortable with Pinterest.  Why do I think becoming more comfortable on Pinterest is important for my professional career? Pinterest actually is the hub of finding lesson plan ideas, activities for all grades, and ideas for your classroom so the fact that I was able to familiarize myself a bit with this platform will more than likely benefit me in the future. I also started to grow a PLN with Pinterest by following and pinning a lot more educational related pages. Creating PLN’s on various forms of social media is such a great idea because you get so many different types of resources, advice, and opinions from site to site. Overall, learning online has been a great experience and I cannot wait to put  my new found skills toward my degree!


Break down of what I learnt with the Instant Pot

Week 1: Instant pot learning project 

  • I set out what I want to do with my pressure cooker. I aimed at trying to make a variety of things. Appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
  • Gained an understanding of what all the Instant pot can do (pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, can saute, make yogurt, and does much more).
  • Getting familiar with the buttons and what each does.
  • Setting my goal to become completely comfortable using this kitchen appliance and to see it as cooking any other meal in the oven, for example.

Week 2: Shepherds Pie

  • First hands on time using the instant pot.
  • Learnt how to use buttons hands on. They make it look so much easier on the videos I watched!
  • Realized that the saute option cooks meat very well. It gets to the perfect temperature that you need. Starting to really realize this is an all-in-one kitchen appliance.
  • Learnt that it takes a bit of time for the pressure to come to and not to panic. Let the pressure cooker do its job properly.
  • Learnt how to safely release steam.

Week 3: Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken

  • Learnt that the saute button has different options for heating. Essentially low, medium, and high. This is good for having a variety of meats that need to be cooked at various temps and lengths of time to ensure you do not burn them.
  • During this week I started to really explore a variety of instant pot blogs to gain more inspiration and that is where I found this gem.
  • Learnt that it is okay to google or refer to blogs for help when you are stuck or unsure how to do something that the recipe you are looking at is calling for. It is not something you should be ashamed of because you are just learning.
  • Seasoning is key!

Week 4: Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • You do not have to strictly follow the recipes for it to be great. Sometimes adding in more or less of what the recipe calls for can be a good thing too. Or adding in impromptu ingredients like I did here. (AKA cornstarch to thicken)
  • To build on the last statement: sometimes cornstarch is your best friend while cooking! Especially when you are new to a method of cooking.
  • Learnt that you need a minimum amount of liquid in the instant pot while pressure cooking or it will not reach full pressure. This is strictly a safety feature. The minimum amount of liquid is one cup of liquid. Does not have to be water. If it is a starchier liquid like in this recipe, consider adding more.
  • Soup is hard to make, I have never before made a homemade soup before but the instant pot with the pressure cooking option made it easy. During this week I started to realize that the instant pot does all the hard work for you. You just need the right ingredients and to have faith that the instant pot works!

Week 5: Traditional Cheesecake with a Caramel Drizzle

  • Learnt that there are a variety of inserts/accessories that you can buy for cheap that work perfectly in your instant pot! Click here for a link to a blog that has a list of them!
  • Again, even though this cheesecake is in a springform pan, it cannot touch the bottom of the pot. Thats where your steamer rack comes in handy!
  • Even though there is no water called for this recipe, for the pressure cooking to work you NEED a cup of water at the bottom of the instant pot for the steam and pressure to develop.
  • How to make a tin foil sling to efficiently get your steamer rack out of your instant pot. A lot of tips and tricks learnt this week.
  • Learnt to be careful when you open the lid after pressure cooking, you do not want any access water from the pressure build up to drip on your cheesecake.
  • During this week while making this cheesecake and after tasting it, I became 100% more comfortable with it. Seeing its amazing abilities that it can make just about anything from shepherds pie to this is astounding. I was blown away.

Week 6:  Teriyaki Chicken and Rice = easy mid week supper

  • Needed something quick and easy during this week of semester wrap up when everything is due. I wanted to test how far I have come with this recipe. I realized that although it would have been hard for me during week one, it felt like I put little to no effort into this meal. This means I achieved my goal of being comfortable with the instant pot and that I now see the instant pot as an appliance that is not intimidating or hard to use, rather it is my go to for easy meals!
  • I learnt that the instant pot steams veggies perfectly once you found the happy medium for time. I found that it is between 3-4 minutes on high pressure cooking.
  • Learnt how too cook rice in the instant pot on the pressure cooking setting.
  • Learnt in this week and in previous weeks that pressure cooking is perfect for chicken breasts of thighs. It does not dry out the chicken like a conventional oven typically does. Rather, leaves it juicy, plump, and not over or under cooked.
  • Teriyaki sauce can be hard to make, with ensuring it has the right flavour and consistency. The instant pot allows for sauces to be made flawlessly.
  • Finding the right cooking times for meat is key. Here is a chart of cooking times you can refer back to when using your instant pot.


Main takeaways from my learning project:

  1. Step outside of the box!: By doing this you will learn so much more. I stepped outside of my box by first of all using a kitchen appliance I have never used before but also doing recipes I have all never made before. Through this, I was able to gain more experience in cooking and was able to become more comfortable with my instant pot.
  2. You should follow the recipe but sometimes adding in your own twist is okay: As anyone who has ever cooked before, you know that following a recipe is always the key part of being successful in cooking. Although this may be true, sometimes other peoples tastes or opinions are different than yours. Therefore, adding more or less seasoning, an extra ingredient, or cooking for less or more time always for the recipe to be your own. By doing this I was able to learn more about my instant pot and my cooking abilities. For instance, by adding more or less time I was able to see exactly how the pressure cooking works and what is the best time frame for things to be cooked to my desire.
  3. It’s okay to have mistakes, it is how you learn: As said previously in this blog post, I had a very starchy liquid (my broccoli and cheese soup) and this made the food stick to the pan and caused the “burn symbol” to show up on my instant pot meaning it did not reach full pressure. I was very flustered, embarrassed, and let down in this moment. Therefore I did not post it on the original blog post but looking back now, I learnt so much from that. I learnt the above take away, you don’t always have to follow the recipe exactly because things like this will happen and also that even though I made a mistake, I learnt from it. I did some research on why this might have happened and learnt that it is because I needed to have more water to make it less starchy. Even though the soup would have been very watery, during the pressure cooking this would have went away.
  4. Learning online is so helpful: By looking at resources online that really broke down how to use the instant pot and how to do certain recipes by showing videos or a variety of pictures, I was able to learn to my full ability. This is as close to as taking a “Instant pot 101” class as I could get. Also by learning online, it is like having notes always readily available to you so you can look back at it, as long as you save the resource. Along with learning online, I feel like I was able to teach online by sharing my learning project progress. I was able to give people recipes, tips, and blogs related to everything instant pot. I also felt like I learnt a lot by sharing my learning projects too! People often gave me suggestions and tips that I probably would have never thought about previously like shown below.

Overall, I am so glad I chose my Instant pot to be my learning project! I gained so much experience with the instant pot itself, my cooking abilities overall, learning online, and gaining confidence. I will for sure continue to keep using my instant pot to make more delicious creations. Stay tuned, I might just be posting more for fun!

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice = easy mid week supper

For this weeks instant pot I have decided to do a quick and easy mid week meal that you can use for meal prepping as it has a lot of left overs! With the semester coming to a close, I needed a fast meal like this so the teriyaki chicken was the perfect candidate! This is my last recipe I will be doing for my learning project but I will without a doubt continue to hopefully post any good recipes I do find and if I make them! I retrieved my idea for my recipe from here.

Ingredients I used:

  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup of soya sauce
  • 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups of sticky rice
  • 3 boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas


Instructions:

1.Add your chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, white vinegar, honey, garlic, and paper flakes. Stir well with a whisk until it is a smooth liquid.

(the picture was before I mixed)

2. Add in the rice and stir well again.

3. Now add in your chicken breasts and place them on top of the rice. Pour liquid overtop of chicken breasts a few times.

4. Assure that pressure valve is turned to sealed and lock the instant pot lid. Press the pressure cook button and have it set to high pressure (which it should be set to automatically) and set to 20 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then the 20 minutes to cook.

5. during this time you should cut up your pepper and carrots!

6. Once the instant pot pressure is done, do a quick release (just turn the valve) and let the steam out. Officially done when the little red valve goes down.

7. Open lid and shred your chicken add in your carrots, pepper, and frozen peas. Mix everything together well!

8. Close lid, turn valve to seal and click on pressure cooking again. High pressure for 3 minutes.

9. Open lid once done, mix again and enjoy!


Things I would do differently:

  • I would also add in broccoli or some other veggies. Maybe not have red pepper.
  • I would use ginger to add more flavour
  • I would probably not use sticky rice but it was all I had and did not feel like buying new rice just for this recipe.

Level of difficulty and would I make again?:

This was a very easy recipe! Anyone could do it. This would be the ideal instant pot beginner recipe. Compared to some of my other recipes I made, it felt like I literally did nothing to make this! I would for sure make again just with the above recommendations.


How was the online learning experience?: 

This blog that I followed was very simple and straight forward. I wish though, it had picture by picture instructions like I do. I see so many blogs that dont with recipes and I guess thats why I do it. Because I know the way I do it is very easy to follow and gives you an idea on how the food should ideally look like by each step. Essentially gives you a peace of mind and makes cooking less stressful! Especially if its an unfamiliar cooking device such as the instant pot or a completely new recipe to you.

Coding 101 with Codeacademy

Blog prompt: Code a short Scratch project (or optionally, a Code Academy project) and then share it on your blog, along with some thoughts about what you learned, what you think about Scratch, and/or why you think coding is important (or not).

I have decided to actually try hands on coding with Code Academy and do their tutorial  for beginners. Mainly because I was intimidated and also because some cost money. Therefore, I thought the beginners one would suffice. With this though, I learnt some crucial things through trial and error and following the required steps. I will show through screenshots and a screencast what I did.

Step one:

This step was to essentially get you to understand how code works and what the words all mean. I used this time to take away words or other icons to see what would happen since I have literally never coded before. What would happen is either the action on the far right hand side (such as bouncing bubbles when I took away the 😉 would stop bouncing and would stay still. I learnt from this that the ; probably means to put something in action or to “go”. If I took away the drawName and just had draw, nothing would show up because the code would be broken. Moving on to the actual instructions, when I change the yellow lettering Ready to Code? to  Coding!!!, the words Coding!!! shows up on the right hand screen and the bubbles are still successfully bouncing. This means I successfully completed the code and can move on.


Step two:

This step was more or less getting you comfortable with the “editor panel”. Learnt that you are writing in code called Java Script. Goal overall was to try to change the code in the correct spot and it really let you try to figure it out by yourself. Initially, I tried to write code in the wrong spot and became very confused. In the spot where it says (‘Enter your name here’) ; I quite literally entered my name there. Once I ran it, I realized this wasnt correct so I re put in the original code and tried again. I then put it in the 6th line and put (‘Kelsey Middagh’) and then ran the code and it worked!

 


Step three:

We then moved on to changing variables. I learnt that variables are used to store data in code. Usually it will look like message = ‘Change the message!’ ;

So as said on code academy, “this line creates a message variable and store the Change the message! text in it.” So overall, I learnt that this is a crucial part in code where you can type messages and it will properly show up. So as one can see, I wrote in my code message = ‘I love EDTC 300!’ and it popped up perfectly.


Step four:

We now moved on to more complex things, Changing colours! So as one can see from the screenshot, there is var red, var blue, var green, etc and numbers beside it. From what I gathered var (enter colour) is how to get a desired colour name AKA the variable and then the numbers are the message that allow the correct colour to be shown! I initally had issues because I wanted the colour yellow and when I hit run, it was incorrect. I realized you can use only the colours listed in the code.. So i changed my idea to purple, ran it and it worked perfectly. Once you gather the understanding of how variables and messages work together, coding becomes a lot easier.


Step 5:

Here in this step we are building upon our previous knowledge of adding text in colours but now we will be adding in multiple colours. Essentially the exact same but in the code line that says letterColors =  …. You can put in multiple colours rather than just one like in the previous step.

With this I put in letterColors = [blue, red, green, blue, purple];

And my code ended up looking like below! You can put these in any order as long as it has the brackets, commas, and semi colon at the end. Without these, it will break the code.


Step six:

Here in this step it gets a bit more intense and interactive. You are able “change the physics” of the code! So the three variables you are able to change are:

  1. mouseResponseThreshold
  2. Friction
  3. rotationForce

You then put in the message any numbers. As shown in my screencast, I played with the numbers to show how a variety of numbers look when punched in. Some worked out well, others, not so much! This was really fun to have control over the animation like this and be able to change it in a lot of ways. In this section, youre also able to change your colour variables again and change the message


Step seven:

You have completed the course!


Why is coding important?

What I have gathered by doing this lesson, coding is important because it creates any or all animation, websites, and programs. It is a huge part in our tech world and creates a foundation for developing essential tools used in tech and even ed tech! I don’t think we would be able to use apps in class or even the wordpress blog without coding! I noticed that wordpress shows you the coding part of your blog post and just with this, you can tell that coding is the backbone of this webpage.

How was my experience with codeacademy?

I found this coding teaching program to be very useful! It gave you step by step what you should be doing and builds upon previous skills. If you do happen to get stuck, it will solve the code and then you can see where you went wrong. I overall really enjoyed this experienced and seen above, I learnt a lot and came a long way from being completely intimidated by coding! I hope I can use this for future knowledge if I ever do stumble upon coding related material.

How Should we Teach Digital Identity?

In your experience, how is digital identity dealt with in schools?

So far in my schooling experience I was never taught about digital identity. None of my teachers ever brought up what it means to have a positive digital identity and how to have this digital identity while still remaining safe online. This is truly problematic for the current and up and coming generations if teachers are still not introducing children to what a digital identity is. The digital world is becoming more and more prominent in our society. Nowadays, as discussed in lecture, a fetus has a digital footprint before he/she is even born because the parents often post the sonograms on a social media platform. With this being said, giving children an understanding on what having a digital identity is, what the positives and benefits are of it, and how if you post the wrong thing it can seriously affect you currently or later on in life. Showing this video shown below found on Youtube to students, especially in high school, and as an educator keep building on the information shared during this video can make a crucial difference. It gives them an idea of what digital identity is and why it is important. 


What role should teachers/schools play in preparing students for a world that never forgets?

I strongly believe that teachers and schools play the most important role in preparing students for “a world that never forgets”. This is because often, parents have no idea what the current digital world entails and what the repercussions are of the internet. I believe it is apart of our duty to prepare our students not only for the next grade level but for the outside world as well. As said previously, a huge part of our outside world. Everywhere we go our society is encompassed with tech and the internet and it is an ever growing state. We, as educators need to keep up to date with current tech and internet to make sure we can pass on this knowledge to our students. Along with this, we need to make sure students know how to use this new fond knowledge in meaningful ways. When I say student will be using teach and the internet in meaningful ways this means that students will be know about the dangers of the internet and how one post can quite literally affect your whole life. As said in the Youtube video TED talk:(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAIP6fI0NAI) how one tweet can ruin your life by Jon Ronson it states how powerful social media is and how if you “misuse your privilege” like Justine Sacco who tweeted the following tweet:

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This is an obvious very racist and cruel “joke” that she made. She tweeted this while on a plane and by the time she landed, this tweet spread across twitter and she was the number one trending topic on twitter. In this 11 hour flight, her social and professional life was ruined. as Ronson said “twitter took control of her life and dismantled it piece by piece.” He goes forward to talk about how maybe even if Sacco did not mean this tweet in a racist manner, it came off that way regardless and it ruined her life. This entire video and experience goes to show how the internet is a very powerful place. With that, it should be taught by teachers to their students that everything on the internet can be seen by the whole world and since that is true, you should ALWAYS think before you send because if you send one negative minded thing, it can seriously affect you and your future.


  How do we balance the need to protect students with the need to help them develop positive online footprints?

Finding this balance can be very troubling. Finding the need to completely protect your students online 24/7 would become very overwhelming and frankly, out of reach. When students go home from school, you can no longer protect them online. So it is important to have a realistic idea that you can only protect them to the extent of your classroom. You will certainly teach them the tools to keep safe online inside AND outside of class. You have given them the tools to succeed in that area, now its time to put the trust into your students to do so. It is the same with developing positive online footprints. You will set a guideline to what a positive online footprint is and how if you post something online, it is there forever. i believe the balance of the need to protect students with the need to help them develop positive online footprints is equal and should keep in mind that it would become overwhelming to make sure they are safe online and developing a positive digital footprint 24/7 because we wont always be there online to monitor them, that would be impossible.


What might it look like to teach about digital identity in your subject area?

This is a question throughout my degree that I keep wondering. I am in the pre-k — 5 program and I always wonder, will students at this age take tech seriously or will they see it as a game as they do at home (ipad games, computer games, tv shows, etc.) ? I went for a site visit at a local elementary school and I saw that the pre-school teacher there uses the app called Seesaw and that the students saw it as fun and engaging but also educational! I would also go forward to create a class Twitter where students and I can interact with other classrooms, teachers, and overall build a PLN for their grade level which I believe is doable. On this twitter we, as a class, can follow various pages such as the local fire or police department and tweet them any questions the students have about their profession. I would also post a picture on a social media platform or write a “status” that would say “My grade ___’s are learning about digital identity! To show them how fast words or pictures spread around the internet I would like you to comment what country, state, or province you are from!” and then I would show my students after a week or so to allow them to grasp an idea how your digital identity is shown to the world through the internet.

Twitter in the Classroom: The Debate.

This week Danielle, Laura, and I collaborated together to present the pros and cons of using Twitter within the classroom. Throughout this post, we will have a conversation with a teacher, parent, and principal. The teacher and principal strongly believe in the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom to further students learning and digital identity. While the parent is concerned about the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom for privacy and cyberbullying reasons. You can check out the conversation between the teacher, principal, and parent on this google document.

We found many websites that helped argue as to why Twitter should be used in the classroom. There are many websites that you can give concerned parents, here are a few that we found:

We have also found various websites that will help students, parents and teachers with ways to prevent Cyberbullying. We researched cyberbullying and found many resources that can be useful.

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Cyberbullying is becoming a more prominent aspect within schools that can cause immense pain and stress on students. The advancement of technology and social media has led to a rise in online bullying.  Cyberbullying is important to understand because many teachers never know when their students are being bullied. The danger of cyberbullying lies in the underlying factor that many parents and teachers never know about it. One of the major bullying factors that we are familiar with in schools is Ask.fm. Ask.fm took cyberbullying to a whole new level because it allowed people to bully each other without knowing who it was. It enabled students to bully their peers by anonymously posting disturbing and harmful things on their peer’s accounts. This type of cyberbullying is something that needs to be acknowledged by teachers and is something that needs to be better addressed. We have done some research in regards to cyberbullying and have found several online resources that will help students, parents, and teachers in being able to further prevent cyberbullying from happening in schools or in their personal lives.

This picture is a screenshot from twitter. This is a national day to end cyberbullying. As one can see, social media platforms such as twitter take this matter of cyber bullying very seriously and are taking the crucial steps to end this crisis and make Twitter an even safer place.

How Twitter is positively used in the classroom:

While certain aspects of Twitter are labelled as “bad” or “harmful” Twitter also provides a wide range of positive elements as well. Twitter offers a wide range of information in order to support multiple types of research in education. It is a useful tool to find information from multiple sources. There are hundreds of thousands of people on twitter and many of these individuals are from educational sectors. Twitter is diverse as it offers different perspectives on issues coming from people from diverse occupations and backgrounds. Twitter is worldwide, therefore these perspectives come from a very large audience. If someone is having an argument or rant on twitter they have to narrow theiropinion down in under 280 characters. This means that Twitter gets right to the point due to the limited characters you are able to post. Furthermore, people on twitter are either linking articles to read or posting their opinion. You don’t have to read through a lengthy opinion of someone before getting to the point of their post so it is therefore labelled, instant. Twitter is also considered to be easy access for many individuals who are seeking educational resources, advice, or ideas for their classrooms. There are many different types of educational articles that can be found by following different educational profiles. These profiles can be current or upcoming teachers, professors, supervisors, principles or others. Individuals are able to gain a wide range of information and guidance off of Twitter that can be used in their lives or in their classrooms.

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During last week’s class, we talked a lot about cyberbullying and the ways in which it harms students. With the rise in social media, there has subsequently also been an increase in cyberbullying. Online bullying is something that needs to be properly addressed and we must learn ways to help prevent it from happening. We were able to gain a lot of valuable information that we implemented into our discussion post for this week. One of the elements that we talked a lot about as a group was how we as teachers can help prevent cyberbullying from happening. We thought it was a good idea to incorporate the resources that we were able to find online. These resources are something that will help future and current educators. We believe that with the help of these resources it will help prevent cyberbullying from happening in classrooms. Being able to learn and become more knowledgeable about ways to prevent it from happening is one of the steps that will help both students and teachers. Danielle, Laura, and I were all interested in learning more about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is something that is happening in schools and something that all of us need to be aware of. We hope you enjoyed our post!

Our Twitter Handles:

Laura: @laurahuck6

Danielle: @DJKelln

Kelsey: @missmiddagh