Saturday, April 25, 2009

Abinadi Teaches Teachers

So, teaching moment from the scriptures.

Abinadi is preaching and teaching the priests of King Noah and he says something profound.

Mosiah 12:29 "If ye teach the law of Moses why do ye not keep it?"

Now, teachers, for you. "If ye teach why do ye not keep it?"

That puts our personal life in a new light doesn't it? If we are teaching our students to be lifelong learners, to be strong and upstanding individuals... shouldn't we be doing the same? I will never accept the idea that one's personal life and one's teaching are divorced. The children will find out about what your out-of-school life is like, and they'll see you as a model- good or bad.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Doing and In-Class

In my doing part of the Internet safety thing I talked to my older sister that has a young child. She admitted that she knew nothing about internet safety and was really worried about it. So I was really excited to talk to her about it.
One of my main points was how she needed to not forbid anything to her daughter. Instead, help them sign-up and be involved in their online activities. This keeps it from being a 'secret' and makes it more so that her daughter will talk to her about her internet activities. I also am going to send her a page of links for internet safety so she can browse them. I walked her though how easily someone can get more information then was intended about a person on the web.

In-Class technology sharing-
I was given this really cool link, National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. I have already used it to do my final in this class and I love it so much.

Also, I learned how to use a flex cam for in-class sharing of projects.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I mean, what else do I need to say? The awesomeness of that just blows me away.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Inetnet Safety

1. What article did you choose to read for your fourth article?
I read the article by William C. Porter called "I Have a Question."
2. What were the most important things you learned from the readings?
I learned ways that parents can protect their children. They need to learn about the technology, place the technology in public places and be involved. If you know you can share everything you do on the internet with your parents then the chance of you doing something objectionable drops because you always have a measure of the acceptability of what you're doing.
3. How will what you have read influence your actions as a parent and/or teacher of children and youth?
I will never let my children have a computer in their room. It just does not make any sense to take the chance that they will get into a situation and not tell me. It is very easy to block the content of websites, and if a parent does it before the child had a chance to stumble upon the material then the ouch will be less later.
4. How can you use what you have learned from the reading to have a positive influence on family and friends?
I am involved a lot on the internet. I have a few forums I post to, as well as the social networking sites. One thing I will do is that if I see children getting onto those type of places when they are underage I'll mention it to their parents. It is not a bad thing, but parents need to be aware.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Not Your Normal Schoolhouse Rock

This was so horrible I had to pass it along. No, I do not agree completly, but so far as radical left propaganda goes... this one does it fairly well.

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