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Maggie Verster

Internet Safety for Families and Children - 1 views

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    The Internet is a useful and important part of our daily lives. Many can't remember how we handled even the most mundane tasks without online assistance. How did we even survive when we were kids? :-) However, along with the good, there is bad. Children and teens (but not their parents!) are very well versed in using the Internet, including web pages, blogs, uploading and downloading information, music and photos, etc. They are also trusting. This presentation will give an overview of the Internet and the inherent dangers. Learn the realities and dangers of ``virtual communities'' websites your kids frequent like Xanga.com, MySpace.com and FaceBook.com. Learn about the persistence of information on the net and Google hacking. Learn the differences between a wiki, blog, Instant Messaging, text messaging, and chat. Learn the Internet slang, key warning signs, and tips for Parents and Kids. This talk is for anyone who has a child, who knows a child, or who ever was a child!
John Evans

Your Laptop's Dirty Little Secret - TIME - 1 views

  • Phones and computers contain dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and mercury, which can contaminate the air and water when those products are dumped. It's called electronic waste, or e-waste, and the world produces a lot of it: 20 to 50 million tons a year, according to the UN — enough to load a train that would stretch around the world. The U.S. is by far the world's top producer of e-waste, but much of it ends up elsewhere — specifically, in developing nations like China, India and Nigeria, to which rich countries have been shipping garbage for years.
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    Phones and computers contain dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and mercury, which can contaminate the air and water when those products are dumped. It's called electronic waste, or e-waste, and the world produces a lot of it: 20 to 50 million tons a year, according to the UN - enough to load a train that would stretch around the world. The U.S. is by far the world's top producer of e-waste, but much of it ends up elsewhere - specifically, in developing nations like China, India and Nigeria, to which rich countries have been shipping garbage for years.
Vicki Davis

5 great slides about technology, learning, and change | Dangerously Irrelevant - 17 views

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    Scott McLeod has pulled out a set of five slides about education from the Flickr pool about "Great Quotes about Learning and Change" that are worth reading. They would make great fodder for discussions. My favorite is the first one. "The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners." Albert Camus
darkbird18 Wharry

Protect Yourself from Internet Scams - Subscribe to Internet ScamBuste (...).URL - 4 views

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    "Internet Scams, Identity Theft, and Urban Legends: Are You at Risk?" Unfortunately, as we hear every single day, being smart is NOT enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating spam, or devious identity theft
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    Unfortunately, as we hear every single day, being smart is NOT enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating spam, or devious identity theft
C CC

Social Media Prank shows Danger of Public Status Posting | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community - 6 views

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    Video worth watching. Great for a discussion point with students.
Susan Sedro

The LA Times: Practicing Educational Research without a License - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher - 9 views

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    The heavy focus on measuring teacher quality can give the false impression that teacher quality is everything. Study after study, however, has shown that poverty is a stronger factor than teacher quality in predicting achievement. The best teachers in the world will have limited impact when children are undernourished, have high levels of lead in their bodies, live in noisy and dangerous environments, get too little sleep, and have no access to reading material.
Dave Truss

Great Migrations - The Big Picture - Boston.com - 14 views

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    Move as millions, survive as one. That is the subtitle to the new seven-part television series from National Geographic called "Great Migrations". Animals great and small are on the move around the world, chasing resources in dangerous journeys that might take mere hours or span generations.
Dennis Richards

Too late? Why scientists say we should expect the worst of global warming | Environment | The Guardian - 0 views

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    Despite the political rhetoric, the scientific warnings, the media headlines and the corporate promises, he would say, carbon emissions were soaring way out of control - far above even the bleak scenarios considered by last year's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Stern review. The battle against dangerous climate change had been lost, and the world needed to prepare for things to get very, very bad.
Vicki Davis

Reflection - Horizon Project 2008 - 0 views

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    Exceptional post about why global collaborative projects are important
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    This student has written an exceptional post-project reflection. I hope you'll take time to read it. Here is an excerpt: "There is no doubt that this technology is dangerous. It is apparent that few people, not adults, not teenagers, truly understand how collaboration, conduct, and manners affect the internet. This project has to teach others that as well. It is necessary to know how to handle yourself on the internet. That's why Horizon Project is so important. We have to educate tomorrow's leaders how to use new technology without abusing it. The highlight of this project is the education we are giving every single person who has been a part of the Horizon Project."
Jocelyn Chappell

How Dangerous Is the Internet for Children? - Pogue's Posts - Technology - New York Times Blog - 0 views

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    David Pogue write in The New York Times, "As my own children approach middle school, my own fears align with the documentary's findings in another way: that cyber-bullying is a far more realistic threat. "
Fred Delventhal

CSRIU: Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use - 6 views

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    "Swimming pools can be dangerous for children. To protect them, one can install locks, put up fences, and deploy pool alarms. All of these measures are helpful, but by far the most important thing that one can do for one's children is to teach them to swim." - Youth Pornography and the Internet
Dave Truss

Digital Citizen - thinking about Facebook, Friends and Teachers | Educational Origami - 17 views

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    From my perspective, being friends with students in an informal social medium like face book is fraught with dangers? Its like attending student parties. What do you think? *Note my comment & Chris Kennedy's!
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    A cross post from the original blog: As an avid Facebook user I'd have to give a big thumbs up to the consensus of the group. I, too, accepted friend requests from students and have stopped the practice. Our district developed a policy that strongly discourages teachers "friending" students on social networking platforms. This has made my life easier. When I receive friends requests I can decline and give them school policy as my reason. Students understand and it is never a big deal. It isn't just Facebook as I receive more friend requests through GoodReads. In response I am unrolling school GoodReads account for our learning commons, as well as a Facebook Group. This was we can be there for them in their network without crossing personal lines. Great discussion thread!
Claude Almansi

Beware of Google's power; brings traffic to websites but it can also taketh away - TechTattle | Bermuda Ahmed ElAmin - 1 views

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    "Ahmed ElAmin Published Jul 20, 2011 at 9:18 am (Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 8:01 am) Belgians have invented Smurfs, make some of the best beer in the world, and know how to fry a potato chip. However, one must say the country's leading newspapers scored an own goal when they took Google to court last year for listing their content in the search engine's news section and won on copyright. I guess they didn't look at how people arrive at a typical online newspaper site, which derives up to 50 percent or more of their visitors from Google. In addition to taking the group of papers out of its news section, Google also stopped indexing them in its search engine. Now the newspapers are complaining that they are being discriminated against unfairly! (...) Google has big power and the danger is how the company wields it in pursuit of profit. It brings traffic to websites, but the company that claims to "do no evil" can also taketh away ostracising those for good and bad reasons. The company is also stepping up its aggregation news service by trying to attract more volume through the "gamification" of Google News. Google is following a trend among news sites to bring readers in. With their consent, readers will be rewarded with "news badges" based on their reading habits. Badges of varying levels will be given out depending on the amount and types of articles you read. About 500 badges are available to suit a wide range of topics. Google News indexes about 50,000 sources. Keep reading and get those badges! Maybe."
Allison Kipta

The digital melting pot: Bridging the digital native-immigrant divide - 0 views

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    Educational technology advocates claim today's students are technologically savvy content creators and consumers whose mindset differs from previous generations. The digital native-digital immigrant metaphor has been used to make a distinction between those with technology skills and those without. Metaphors such as this one are useful when having initial conversations about an emerging phenomenon, but over time, they become inaccurate and dangerous. Thus, this paper proposes a new metaphor, the digital melting pot, which supports the idea of integrating rather than segregating the natives and the immigrants.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

KidsBeSafeOnline LLC and The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (I.R.O.C.2) Educate Children and Parents About 21st Century Digital Responsibility - 0 views

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    PR: KidsBeSafeOnline LLC and IROC2.org are dedicated to online child safety have come together to increase education and awareness of the dangers posed by the current trends in technology. They have joined forces to proactively educate children and parents regarding the consequences of sexting, sextcast
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Your Status Updates = Danger - 2 views

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    If you post future status updates on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn and more telling the world what you are GOING to do, where you are GOING to be, and for how long, you open yourself up to a number of risks. The world does not care what you are doing, and those that are watching, are the people you do not want to care.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Are your students falling into these 2 Web danger zones? - 17 views

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    College students' lives can be changed - and even destroyed - in the time it takes to click a mouse. Take a look at these real-life examples of the harm digital technology can cause.
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